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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 1026: Materiality of Manuscripts, I: Marginal Matters

Wednesday 3 July 2019, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Organisers:Katarzyna Anna Kapitan, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
N Yavuz, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Matthew Driscoll, Irish & Celtic Studies Research Institute, University of Ulster / Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Paper 1026-a'Aldeles betydningsløst kradseri': Paratexts in the Second Grammatical Treatise of Codex Upsaliensis
(Language: English)
Tim Lüthi, Philosophisch-Historische Fakultät, Universität Basel
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1026-bMen in the Margins: Constructing Identity and Authority through English Legal Manuscripts
(Language: English)
E. Amanda McVitty, School of Humanities, Massey University, New Zealand
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Law, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1026-cThe Making of Ferdinand Columbus's Book of Epitomes: Marginalia in København, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, AM 377 fol.
(Language: English)
N Yavuz, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Bibliography, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1026-dFrom the Margins into the Text: Material Influence on the Textuality of Bragða-Ölvis saga
(Language: English)
Teresa Dröfn Freysdóttir Njarðvík, Faculty of Icelandic & Comparative Cultural Studies, University of Iceland, Reykjavík / Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Reykjavík
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Bringing together scholars working in diverse fields of medieval studies, these four sessions explore the manuscript book as an artefact and consider texts as material objects shaped and reshaped through human agency.

The first session reflects on the interplay between textual and illustrative marginalia and the main text in the manuscripts. Arguing that the annotations accompanying the Second Grammatical Treatise in Uppsala, DG 11 4to are not 'completely meaningless scribbling', Lüthi examines the phenomenon of paratext in the codex. McVitty analyses the interactions between annotations by different readers in a selection of yearbook manuscripts in order to display the ways in which these manuscripts evolved as sites of shared knowledge, memory and legal authority in late medieval England. Focusing on Copenhagen, AM 377 fol., Yavuz discusses the role marginalia played in the recent identification of the manuscript as one of Ferdinand Columbus’s library catalogues as well as the clues marginal annotations offer regarding the preparation and provenance of the manuscript that contains summaries of around 2,000 books. Njarðvík looks at how Bragða-Ölvis saga came to be annotated with marginal notes in the manuscripts and then, with the materiality of the manuscript directly influencing the content, how these marginal notes became part of the text itself.