IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 119: Reconstructing Written Rules?: The Textual Afterlives of Manuscripts, Print Editions, and Personal Letters

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of English Language, University of Glasgow / Glasgow Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser:Johanna Green, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Moderator/Chair:Colin Mackenzie, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Paper 119-aCracking the Code?: The (Un)Conscious Rules of Textual Division in the Exeter Book
(Language: English)
Johanna Green, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 119-bThe Contradictions and Complexities of Editing Medieval Texts in Renaissance England
(Language: English)
Diane G. Scott, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Printing History
Paper 119-cFollowing Rules to the Letter?: Spelling, Punctuation, and Letter-Writing Conventions in the Paston Letters
(Language: English)
Gillian Weir, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This panel will consider the rules and conventions used by scribes, printers, and letter writers in producing three different modes of text: an Anglo-Saxon poetic manuscript; early modern printed editions of Lydgate and Langland; and the letters of the original Pastons and later generations of their family. In so doing, it will analyse the ‘textual afterlives’ of these texts as their perceived rules and methods of production are reconsidered by modern scholarship.