IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1622: Authorising Readers: Audience Creation of Manuscripts, Works and Meaning

Thursday 17 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Catherine Nall, Department of History, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Felicity Riddy, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 1622-aDiagnosing Defeat: Reading Audiences of Vegetius in the Aftermath of the Hundred Years War
(Language: English)
Catherine Nall, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities
Paper 1622-bObedience to Justice or to those in Authority: The Re-Reading and Re-Writing of an Ottoman Gazavatname
(Language: English)
Claire Norton, Centre for Byzantine, Ottoman & Modern Greek Studies, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1622-cLegislation, Literature and National Identity: The South English Legendary in Colonial Ireland
(Language: English)
Jonathan Dent, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Abstract

This session will deconstruct notions of the authorial text in pre-print culture and suggest alternative methodologies for studying
manuscripts. In particular, it shall demonstrate the benefits of using a reader-centred model of text analysis, which examines the ways in which
readers re-inscribed the texts they had read. By treating each manuscript as a unique work in itself, it enables scholars to be more culturally and
historically specific about the act of reading.