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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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Essays in Honour of Gabriele Müller-Oberhäuser


intituled and namedMaterial Moments in Book Cultures

Book gifts play a vital part in the academic career of this Festschrift’s dedicatee, the book historian Professor Gabriele Müller-Oberhäuser. This is most clearly illustrated by the six-year interdisciplinary project on “Book Gifts in Late Medieval and Early Modern England,” which examined the value of gift-giving, with a particular emphasis on books as gifts, as well as their function in processes of symbolic communication. Not only an expert in book-gift giving, Müller-Oberhäuser combines a wide range of scholarly interests and proficiency with an incredible curiosity and enthusiasm that have encouraged and influenced many adepts of the book either as mentor, colleague or friend. She is a much-loved and respected university professor, who is also known for her devotion to her seminars and students. For these reasons, we cannot think of a better way to celebrate her with a book gift in the form of a Festschrift.

Müller-Oberhäuser is a native of the Rhineland, an area which is said to instil the character-trait of the rheinische Frohnatur (“cheerful nature”). She started her outstanding and wide-ranging academic career with the study of English, sociology and philosophy at the Universität zu Köln. A library traineeship and the second state examination were followed by a position as research assistant at the Institut für Buchwissenschaft in Mainz, the hometown of Johannes Gutenberg. After finishing her PhD on Geoffrey Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde, she came to...

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