Session Title

Old Codices, New Contexts I: Latin Manuscripts

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Centre for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Bristol

Organizer Name

Benjamin Pohl

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Bristol

Presider Name

Leah Tether

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Bristol

Paper Title 1

An Erudite Vandalism: Reception, Intervention, and Memory Creation in Musée de Beaux-Arts de Caen ms. Mancel 0800

Presenter 1 Name

Laura L. Gathagan

Presenter 1 Affiliation

SUNY-Cortland

Paper Title 2

Glossing Bede's De natura rerum: The Case of the Tegernsee Manuscript HRC29

Presenter 2 Name

Giada Campana (Recipient of the NUI, Galway Sieg & Dunlap Travel Bursary)

Presenter 2 Affiliation

National Univ. of Ireland-Galway

Paper Title 3

Superstition or Miracle? Conflict in the Margins of British Library, Additional MS 43706

Presenter 3 Name

Sarah Jane Sprouse

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Texas Tech Univ.

Paper Title 4

Old Annals, New Manuscripts: Two Sets of Easter Table Annals from Anglo-Norman Durham

Presenter 4 Name

Charles C. Rozier

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Durham Univ.

Start Date

11-5-2019 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1325

Description

Medieval manuscript studies have developed significantly during recent years, with scholars proposing new ways of studying even some of the best-known codices and establishing new contexts for their use and transmission during the Middle Ages. In many ways, these exciting developments are due to widening access and digitisation projects which make the manuscripts in question available to scholars the world over and allow them to be studied and scrutinised not just with regard to the texts they contain, but also, ideally, with a view towards their paratextual features (rubrics, marginalia, glosses, etc) and signs of usage. At the same time, however, medieval manuscript studies still fundamentally depend on first-hand engagement with the material objects themselves, especially when investigating the manuscripts’ codicological attributes. It is often the combination of digital and in-situ study that has generated some of the most revolutionary and field-shaping discoveries with regards to medieval manuscript culture, and the two sessions proposed here aim to give scholars the opportunity to communicate and discuss some of their own work in this field, possibly including presentations on methodology. We are seeking to attract contributions from scholars across the disciplines who are working with manuscripts in such a way as to discuss new and alternative contexts of use, reception and transmission. For example, could a chronicle be used in a liturgical context? Could a draft or working copy be used in performative ways? Could a literary text be used as a historical compendium? What can the textual, paratextual and contextual features of these manuscripts tell us about the way(s) in which they were used and transmitted during the Middle Ages, especially when this usage differed from what is usually considered the manuscripts’ primary use or application? In short: can we establish new contexts for these old codices, and how so? Benjamin Pohl

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May 11th, 10:00 AM

Old Codices, New Contexts I: Latin Manuscripts

Schneider 1325

Medieval manuscript studies have developed significantly during recent years, with scholars proposing new ways of studying even some of the best-known codices and establishing new contexts for their use and transmission during the Middle Ages. In many ways, these exciting developments are due to widening access and digitisation projects which make the manuscripts in question available to scholars the world over and allow them to be studied and scrutinised not just with regard to the texts they contain, but also, ideally, with a view towards their paratextual features (rubrics, marginalia, glosses, etc) and signs of usage. At the same time, however, medieval manuscript studies still fundamentally depend on first-hand engagement with the material objects themselves, especially when investigating the manuscripts’ codicological attributes. It is often the combination of digital and in-situ study that has generated some of the most revolutionary and field-shaping discoveries with regards to medieval manuscript culture, and the two sessions proposed here aim to give scholars the opportunity to communicate and discuss some of their own work in this field, possibly including presentations on methodology. We are seeking to attract contributions from scholars across the disciplines who are working with manuscripts in such a way as to discuss new and alternative contexts of use, reception and transmission. For example, could a chronicle be used in a liturgical context? Could a draft or working copy be used in performative ways? Could a literary text be used as a historical compendium? What can the textual, paratextual and contextual features of these manuscripts tell us about the way(s) in which they were used and transmitted during the Middle Ages, especially when this usage differed from what is usually considered the manuscripts’ primary use or application? In short: can we establish new contexts for these old codices, and how so? Benjamin Pohl