Women and writing c1340-c1650; the domestication of print culture
Lawrence-Mathers , A. and Hardman, P. M., eds. (2010) Women and writing c1340-c1650; the domestication of print culture. Manuscript Culture in the British Isles, 2. York Medieval Press (in association with the Boydell Press), Woodbridge, Rochester NY, and York, pp238. ISBN 9781903153321
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The transition from medieval manuscript to early printed book is currently a mmajor topic of academic interest, but has received little attention in relation to women's involvement. The essays in this volume both add female names to the list of those authors who created English Literature, and examine women's responses to older texts. Taking its cue from the advances made by recent work on manuscript culture and book history, this volume also includes studies of material evidence. These reveal women's participation in the making of books, and also the traces they left behind when handling individual volumes. Finally, studies of women's roles in relation to apparently ephemeral texts, such as letters, pamphlets and almanacs, challenge traditional divisions between public and private spheres and between manuscript and print.