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Published: 20 October 2021

304 Pages | 21 Illustrations

9.2 x 6.1 inches

ISBN: 9780192896902

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John Trevisa's Information Age

Knowledge and the Pursuit of Literature, c. 1400

Emily Steiner

Oxford Studies in Medieval Literature and Culture

  • Explains the contributions of a little-studied author, John Trevisa, to English literary history
  • Shows how medieval English literature is indebted to information culture, and especially compendia and encyclopaedias
  • Identifies encyclopaedic modes of verse composition, prose style, and gloss in medieval English literature
  • Argues for the inventiveness of compendious paratext, such as early English alphabetical indexes
  • Demonstrates that medieval compendia had traction well into the early modern period
  • Asserts that translations of information genres helped construct a discourse of popular science