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Author Gómez-Bravo, Ana M. (Ana María),
Title Textual agency : writing culture and social networks in fifteenth-century Spain / Ana M. Gómez-Bravo.
Imprint Toronto : University of Toronto Press, [2013]

Author Gómez-Bravo, Ana M. (Ana María),
Series Toronto Iberic.
Toronto Iberic.
Subject Incunabula -- Spain.
Transmission of texts -- Spain.
Paratext -- Spain -- History.
Writing materials and instruments -- History.
Authorship -- Sociological aspects.
Spanish literature -- To 1500 -- History and criticism.
Literature and society -- Spain -- History -- 15th century.
Description 1 online resource (332 pages).
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Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary Annotation Textual Agency examines the massive proliferation of poetic texts in fifteenth-century Spain, focusing on the important yet little-known cancionero poetry - the largest poetic corpus of the European Middle Ages. Ana M. Gómez-Bravo situates this cultural production within its social, political, and material contexts. She places the different forms of document production fostered by a shifting political and urban model alongside the rise in literacy and access to reading materials and spaces. At the core of the book lies an examination of both the materials of writing and how human agents used and transformed them, giving way to a textual agency that pertains not only to writers, but to the inscribed paper. Gómez-Bravo also explores how authorial and textual agency were competing forces in the midst of an era marked by the institution of the Inquisition, the advent of the absolutist state, the growth of cities, and the constitution of the Spanish nation.
Contents Introduction -- Poetry, bureaucracy, and the social order -- Escribano culture and socio-professional contiguity -- Pervasive papers -- The hands have it -- Papers unite -- Paper politics -- Books as memory -- Arranging the compilation -- The book of fragments -- Conclusion -- Notes -- References -- Index.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9781442667518 (electronic bk.)
1442667516 (electronic bk.)
ISBN/ISSN 10.3138/9781442667518
OCLC # 867652345
Additional Format Print version: Gómez-Bravo, Ana M. (Ana María). Textual agency 9781442647206 (OCoLC)830628003.

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