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IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1302: Outside the Ruling: Signs of Use in Medieval Manuscripts, III - Were Medieval Books Designed to be User Friendly?

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

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 M. Rudy, School of Art History, University of St Andrews
Paper 1302-aThe Efforts of a Medieval Poet and the Copyist of His Literary Work to Help Their Readers to Understand Correctly the Text
(Language: English)
Josep Xavier Muntané i Santiveri, RELMIN Project / Institut d'Estudis Món Juïc
Index terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Language and Literature - Semitic, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1302-bThe Registers of the Clerks of the Count of Holland
(Language: English)
Jan W. J. Burgers, Instituut voor Nederlandse Geschiedenis, Koninklijke Nederlandse Academie van Wetenschappen, Den Haag / Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1302-cThe Manipulation of Reception in Johannes Tauler's Von eym waren Euangelischen leben: A Paratextual Comparison of the 1543 Cologne Print and the 1555 Arnhem Manuscript
(Language: English)
Markus Polzer, Ruusbroecgenootschap, Universiteit Antwerpen
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Printing History

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.