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Imagining an English Reading Public 1150-1400 (Hardcover) Loot Price: R1,491
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Imagining an English Reading Public 1150-1400 (Hardcover): Katharine Breen
Imagining an English Reading Public 1150-1400 (Hardcover): Katharine Breen

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Imagining an English Reading Public 1150-1400 (Hardcover)

Katharine Breen

Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature, v. 79

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This original study explores the importance of the concept of habitus - that is, the set of acquired patterns of thought, behaviour and taste that result from internalising culture or objective social structures - in the medieval imagination. Beginning by examining medieval theories of habitus in a general sense, Katharine Breen goes on to investigate the relationships between habitus, language, and Christian virtue. While most medieval pedagogical theorists regarded the habitus of Latin grammar as the gateway to a generalized habitus of virtue, reformers increasingly experimented with vernacular languages that could fulfill the same function. These new vernacular habits, Breen argues, laid the conceptual foundations for an English reading public. Ranging across texts in Latin and several vernaculars, and including a case study of Piers Plowman, this interdisciplinary study will appeal to readers interested in medieval literature, religion and art history, in addition to those interested in the sociological concept of habitus.

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Imprint: Cambridge UniversityPress
Country of origin: United Kingdom
Series: Cambridge Studies in Medieval Literature, v. 79
Release date: April 2010
First published: 2010
Authors: Katharine Breen
Dimensions: 228 x 152 x 19mm (L x W x T)
Format: Hardcover
Pages: 300
ISBN-13: 978-0-521-19922-3
Barcode: 9780521199223
Categories: Books > Language & Literature > Literature: history & criticism > Literary studies > Classical, early & medieval
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LSN: 0-521-19922-0

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