IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1720: The Transformation of the Book in the Long 12th Century

Thursday 4 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:VIDI Project 'Turning Over a New Leaf: Manuscript Innovation in the 12th Century', Universiteit Leiden
Organiser:Irene A. O'Daly, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Rodney M. Thomson, School of History & Classics, University of Tasmania
Paper 1720-aWhere do we go from here?: Navigational Reading Aids in Monastic Manuscripts of the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Jenny Weston, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 1720-bReading between the Lines: Diagrams in Medieval Classical Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Irene A. O'Daly, Institute for Cultural Disciplines, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

During the ‘long 12th century’ the manuscript underwent substantial changes in physical form, layout, script, and content. The dynamics of education in monasteries and cities lead to innovations on the page such as navigational aids for the reader and instructional diagrams, responsive to the needs of new audiences. Societal changes provoked the production of books in specific genres, like medicine, which in turn adopted new physical forms. This session shall explore the dialogue between producer, reader, and context, that drove the transformation of the medieval book. It presents work-in-progress of the ‘Turning Over a New Leaf’ project of Leiden University (http://www.hum.leiden.edu/lucas/turning-over-a-new-leaf/).