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Material Moments in Book Cultures

Essays in Honour of Gabriele Müller-Oberhäuser

Edited By Simon Rosenberg and Sandra Simon

This Festschrift honours the dedicated book historian and medievalist Gabriele Müller-Oberhäuser. Her wide-ranging scholarly expertise has encouraged and influenced many adepts of the book. The essays in this volume reflect the variety of her interests: The contributions range from Chaucer’s Fürstenspiegel to the value of books in comedy, from the material book to the magical book in religious and literary cultures, from collaborative efforts in manuscript production to the relations of distributors of books across national and ideological boundaries, from the relations between the makers of books to the relation of readers to their books. Covering a period from the Middle Ages to the present, the volume concludes with a look at the future of book history as a field of study.
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Janika Bischof studied English philology in Münster and St Andrews and has written her PhD thesis on “Testaments, Donations and the Values of Books as Gifts: A Study of Records from Medieval England before 1450.” She worked as research assistant at the Sonderforschungsbereich “Symbolic Communication and Social Value Systems from the Middle Ages to the French Revolution” in the project “Book Gifts in Late Medieval and Early Modern England” and is currently a research assistant at the Johannes a Lasco Bibliothek in Emden.

Mirjam Christmann studied English, sociology and psychology at the University of Münster from 2001–2008. During her studies, she specialized in book history with a main focus on the English Reformation, especially censorship and dissent, and the eighteenth century. She has been working as administrative assistant in the Institute for Mineralogy at the Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster since 2011.

Ulrike Graßnick studied English and history at the University of Kiel (1991–1997). Subsequently, she worked as research assistant at the University of Münster (1998–2005) where she earned her PhD with a thesis on Middle English mirrors for princes (2003). From 2005 to 2014 she worked as the faculty manager of the Faculty of Linguistics, Literary and Media Studies at the University of Trier. Since March 2014 she is holding the position of Chancellor of the University of Trier.

Jessica Hardenberger holds a BA degree in English and French philology from the University...

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