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Author Bryan, Jennifer.

Title Looking inward : devotional reading and the private self in late medieval England / Jennifer Bryan.

Published Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, [2008]
©2008

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 UniM Bail  242.09420902 BRYA    AVAILABLE
Physical description 270 pages ; 24 cm.
Series The Middle Ages series.
Middle Ages series.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [241]-261) and index.
Contents A Very Inward Man -- Seeing a Difference: Mirrors and Texts -- Private Passions -- Profitable Sights: The Showings of Julian of Norwich -- Hoccleve's Glasses.
Summary "Looking Inward explores how English readers between 1350 and 1550 learned to envision, examine, and change themselves in the mirrors of devotional literature. By all accounts, this was the most popular literature of the period. With literacy on the rise, an outpouring of translations and adaptations flowed across traditional boundaries between religious and lay, and between female and male, audiences. As forms of piety changed, as social categories became increasingly porous, and as the heart became an increasingly privileged and contested location, the growth of devotional reading created a crucial arena for the making of literate subjectivities. The models of private reading and self-reflection constructed therein would have important implications, not only for English spirituality but for social, political, and poetic identities, up to the Reformation and beyond." "In Looking Inward, Jennifer Bryan examines a wide range of devotional and secular texts, from works by Walter Hilton, Julian of Norwich, and Thomas Hoccleve to neglected translations like The Chastising of God's Children and The Prickynge of Love. She explores the models of identification and imitation through which they sought to reach the inmost selves of their readers, and the scripts for spiritual desire that they offered for the cultivation of the heart. Illuminating the psychological paradigms at the heart of the genre, Bryan provides fresh insights into the ways late medieval men and women sought to know, labor in, and profit themselves by means of books."--BOOK JACKET.
Subject Devotional literature.
Self (Philosophy)
Identity (Philosophical concept)
England -- Religious life and customs.
ISBN 9780812240481 (hardcover : alk. paper)
0812240480 (hardcover : alk. paper)