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Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will

Charlotte Brontë: An Independent Will

Morgan Library and Museum, New York City

9 September 2016–2 January, 2017

“I am no bird, and no net ensnares me. I am a free human being with an independent will, which I now exert to leave you…it is my spirit that addresses your spirit; just as if both had passed through the grave, and we stood at God’s feet, equal,—as we are. ” Who can forget Jane Eyre furiously taking her stand against Rochester after he railed that she was behaving like a “wild frantic bird” in proto-feminist passages where Jane demanded equal recognition of the sexes in this eponymous novel? For the 200th anniversary of Charlotte Brontë’s birth the Morgan Library and Museum presented American viewers for the very first time the bound manuscript of Jane Eyre, on loan from the British Library.

Emily Steiner and Lynn Ransom, eds. Taxonomies of Knowledge: Information and Order in Medieval Manuscripts

Emily Steiner and Lynn Ransom, eds. Taxonomies of Knowledge: Information and Order in Medieval Manuscripts. Philadelphia: Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies / University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015. x, 162 p., 18 colour plates, 9 b/w ill. ISBN 9780812247596. US $45.00; UK £29.50 (hardback).

This book assembles a short collection of essays broadly relating to the different ways in which knowledge in the medieval world was organised and classified in and by manuscripts and book-collecting culture. Starting life as papers presented at an annual Schoenberg symposium on manuscript studies at the University of Pennsylvania, the volume functions as something of a festschrift for the founder of Penn Libraries’ Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies, the late Lawrence J. Schoenberg, and it offers six complementary approaches to how manuscript evidence may be used to provide insights on the ways in which literary, scientific, geographic, devotional, and hagiographic knowledge was categorised and interpreted in the later Middle Ages.

Manuel José Pedraza García, ed. Titivillus: International Journal of Rare Books

Manuel José Pedraza García, ed. Titivillus: International Journal of Rare Books, vol. I (2015). Zaragoza: Prensas de la Universidad de Zaragoza, 2015. 470p., ill. ISSN 23870915. €30.00 (paperback).

Titivillus is a fresh and new international journal devoted to the topic of rare books, a publication conceived and edited by the Department of Documentation Sciences and the History of Science of the Universidad de Zaragoza, Spain. This multidisciplinary endeavour, funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, is aimed at the field of book studies, with the purpose of spreading, at an international level, the results of research activities undertaken by relevant specialists and conducted in accordance with the highest academic standards.

Megan G. Leitch, Romancing Treason: The Literature of the Wars of the Roses

Megan G. Leitch.  Romancing Treason: The Literature of the Wars of the Roses. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2015. x, 230 p. ISBN: 9780198724599. £ 55.00 (hardcover).

This book is a sophisticated scholarly study of English prose romances—for the most part—in the period 1437-1497, spanning the era of civil war known as the Wars of the Roses. The author argues that in this period the romance genre shifted to manifestation mostly in prose as opposed to poetry. These prose romances were filled with the language and the rhetoric of treason in a way that their sources and predecessors were not, which does not seem surprising in the context of concurrent political events.