Reviews Amsler, Mark, Affective Literacies: Writing and Multilingualism in the Late Middle Ages (Late Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 19), Turnhout, Brepols, 2012; hardback; pp. xxvi, 424; 5 b/w, 5 colour illustrations; R.R.P. 100.00; ISBN 9782503532363. This formidable work is the nineteenth issue of a notable series that encourages connections across disciplines and a geographical and chronological broadening of focus. The vitality of the series, and this volume in particular, comes from a determination to let a diversity of approaches deepen our understanding of human activity. The book contains seven chapters minimally annotated an Introduction and Afterword, and is supported by a lengthy bibliography and indices. The Introduction and first three chapters present the dense theoretical landscape within which Mark Amsler situates his study. The last four chapters of the book use these theoretical tools to explore specific areas of socially constructed literacy in the period of 1100 to 1510. Amsler's central argument is that `later medieval literacies were fundamentally shaped by their persistent multilingualism and textual performativities and that different literate groups reworked ideas of grammar and textual authority to create new relations of power, agency, and resistance from the production and reception of written
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Published: Feb 28, 2014
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