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Meg Roland Published in Medieval Geographies Collection

Dr. Meg Roland, English literature & writing department chair, authored an essay in a book collection titled Mapping Medieval Geographies, published by Cambridge Press in March 2014.

Roland's chapter is titled After Poyetes and Astronomyers: English Geographical Thought and Early English Print. In the book's introduction, editor Keith D. Lilley writes:

Taking in not just maps but their relationships to texts, Roland ... [helps] to show again the persistence of earlier geographical knowledge within new arenas of learning and scholarship, as well as the continued duplicity of geography as a definable field of study, in some ways distinctive in content yet at the same time crossing into cognate areas such as cosmography and astronomy, just as it had in previous centuries. As Roland demonstrates, this is a period "in which geographical thought and print culture productively co-developed, refashioning literary genres, geographic writing, and, eventually, cartography" ...

According to the publisher, Mapping Medieval Geographies explores the ways in which geographical knowledge, ideas and traditions were formed in Europe during the Middle Ages. Leading scholars reveal the connections between Islamic, Christian, Biblical and Classical geographical traditions from Antiquity to the later Middle Ages and Renaissance. Bringing together approaches from art, literary studies, intellectual history and historical geography, this pioneering volume will be essential reading for scholars concerned with visual and textual modes of geographical representation and transmission, as well as the spaces and places of knowledge creation and consumption.

Meg Roland is chair of the Department of English at Marylhurst University. Her areas of expertise are Arthurian literature, manuscripts and early print culture, early modern maps, material written culture and textual theory.

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