Session Title

The Whole Page: Reintegrating Margins

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Amanda Gerber, Betsy L. Chunko

Organizer Affiliation

Eastern New Mexico Univ., Muhlenberg College

Presider Name

Betsy L. Chunko, Amanda Gerber

Paper Title 1

Cataloguing Medieval and Renaissance Glosses and Commentaries on Ovid: New Discoveries

Presenter 1 Name

Frank T. Coulson

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Ohio State Univ.

Paper Title 2

Scribes Entertaining Fictions: Marginalia in the Manuscripts of Piers Plowman

Presenter 2 Name

Alison Harper

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Rochester

Paper Title 3

Rent and Rendered: Integrating Calligraphy and Ornament in the Book of Kells

Presenter 3 Name

Benjamin C. Tilghman

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Lawrence Univ.

Start Date

16-5-2015 10:00 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1055

Description

Art and literary historians alike often interpret medieval images and works for their margins or their content, bifurcating the viewing/reading experience. However, following the recent work of scholars such as Paul Binski and Laura Kendrick, this panel invites papers that look beyond dualistic notions of centers versus margins to view “the whole page” as a continuum of constructed meaning. These papers will explore what arises in reader/viewer encounters in which the margin challenges the content it borders. The presenters will address the ways in which images--such as miniatures, historiated initials, and bas-de-page scenes--augment and even challenge the texts they accompany and are meant to illustrate. Likewise, these papers explore the relationship between written glosses, marginalia, macaronic insertions, or commentaries and the texts to which they relate. What do we gain by reading both text and margin as continuous elements of the same message/representation? How do these interrelated viewings/readings help to decipher puzzling materials? Overall, this panel generates a multidisciplinary and multifocal discussion that extends beyond traditional boundaries on pages and in fields, reunifying what has become disjointed only in modern medieval studies, not in medieval viewership/readership.

Amanda Gerber and Betsy L. Chunko

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May 16th, 10:00 AM

The Whole Page: Reintegrating Margins

Fetzer 1055

Art and literary historians alike often interpret medieval images and works for their margins or their content, bifurcating the viewing/reading experience. However, following the recent work of scholars such as Paul Binski and Laura Kendrick, this panel invites papers that look beyond dualistic notions of centers versus margins to view “the whole page” as a continuum of constructed meaning. These papers will explore what arises in reader/viewer encounters in which the margin challenges the content it borders. The presenters will address the ways in which images--such as miniatures, historiated initials, and bas-de-page scenes--augment and even challenge the texts they accompany and are meant to illustrate. Likewise, these papers explore the relationship between written glosses, marginalia, macaronic insertions, or commentaries and the texts to which they relate. What do we gain by reading both text and margin as continuous elements of the same message/representation? How do these interrelated viewings/readings help to decipher puzzling materials? Overall, this panel generates a multidisciplinary and multifocal discussion that extends beyond traditional boundaries on pages and in fields, reunifying what has become disjointed only in modern medieval studies, not in medieval viewership/readership.

Amanda Gerber and Betsy L. Chunko