IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1102: Outside the Ruling: Signs of Use in Medieval Manuscripts, I: Marginal Interventions and the Functionality of Texts

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Organisers:Kathryn Gerry, Department of Art History, University of Kansas
Kathryn M. Rudy, School of Art History, University of St Andrews
Moderator/Chair:Kathryn Gerry, Department of Art History, University of Kansas
Paper 1102-a‘Thinking Outside the Box': The Role of Diagrams in Medieval Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Irene A. O'Daly, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Science
Paper 1102-bAn Ursuline Office in a Manuscript from Ottobeuren and Its Modus Signs in the Margin as a Better Orientation for the Medieval Reader
(Language: English)
Kristin Hoefener, Ensemble KANTIKA/ University of Würzburg
Index terms: Liturgy, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Music
Paper 1102-cHow to Revive an Old Psalter: Uppsala, Universitetsbiblioteket, MS C 517 k, and the Exuberant Interventions It Received in Delft
(Language: English)
Kathryn M. Rudy, School of Art History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Art History - General, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

The careful planning and structuring of medieval books offer implied guidelines for how they should be used, but as is made clear by many of the manuscripts themselves, readers were free to follow or ignore such guidelines. This session will include papers on the physical manifestations of use in medieval manuscripts, with an emphasis on the ways medieval readers/viewers interacted with their books. Interactions could include touching, rubbing, kissing, or adding/removing materials from medieval manuscripts; evidence of these interactions is sometimes manifest in the materials of a given manuscript, or might be reflected in a later copy, description or depiction. In some cases, the producers of books (or portions of books) sought to direct, control, hinder, or otherwise mediate the responses of readers/viewers.