IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 711: 'Miscellany' as Genre: Core and Periphery

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Louisa Foroughi, Department of History, Fordham University, New York
Moderator/Chair:Bobbi Sutherland, Department of History, University of Dayton, Ohio
Paper 711-aSeignorial Administrative Compilations and the Influence of Royal Institutions in 13th- and 14th-Century England
(Language: English)
Harmony Dewez, Centre de recherche Pratiques médiévales de l'écrit, Université de Namur
Index terms: Administration, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 711-bMiscellany and Identity: The Manuscript Compilations of Late Medieval Yeomen
(Language: English)
Louisa Foroughi, Department of History, Fordham University, New York
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography, Social History
Paper 711-cTheological Compilations in the Digital Age
(Language: English)
Julie Barrau, Faculty of History, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Manuscripts and Palaeography

In the past decade, scholars have directed ever more attention towards the messy compilations, anthologies, and commonplace books so often overlooked or misplaced in library catalogues. But the question of categorization looms: what is a miscellany? What is not? Within manuscript studies, miscellanies often fall into the ‘other’ category, not quite one thing or another; we will explore the full range of the genre, to try to gain greater specificity in our terminology. In this session, we will explore the range of ‘miscellanies’ as a genre, c. 1000-1500. The speakers will focus on three different kinds of miscellanies from three different contexts – estate books, household compilations, and bible miscellanies – to generate conversation across manuscripts and across disciplines.