February 7th: Jessica Brantley, “The Vernacular Book of Hours”

Monday, February 7th | 4:00 pm | McCune Conference Room

More devotional books of hours remain in modern libraries than any other kind of book from late medieval England:  almost eight hundred manuscript volumes, and many thousands of printed ones.  And yet this fact has
failed to affect the reading and interpretation of late-medieval literature.  In this talk, Professor Brantley will explore the importance of the book of hours for literary history, investigating the evidence for connections both broad and specific between books of hours and vernacular reading in late medieval England.

Jessica Brantley is Associate Professor of English at Yale University, author of the book Reading in the Wilderness: Private Devotion and Public Performance in Late Medieval England, as well as numerous articles on the history of the book in the medieval period.

This talk is co-sponsored by the Medieval Studies Program.