IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1055: When a Text Becomes a Book: Theoretical Reflections on the Paratextuality of Medieval Literature, I - New Perspectives

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Ambizione Project 'Gedächtniskultur im Paratext - Textränder altnordischer Prosahandschriften', Universität Zürich, Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF)
Organisers:Friederike Richter, Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
Lukas Rösli, Deutsches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Moderator/Chair:Friederike Richter, Nordeuropa-Institut, Humboldt-Universität, Berlin
Paper 1055-aThe Limits of Paratextuality
(Language: English)
Patrick Andrist, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Greek, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1055-bParatext and Ordinatio: Navigating the Middle English Polychronicon
(Language: English)
Aino Elina Liira, Department of English University of Turku
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1055-cParatext of an Absent Author: About Situations of Mediation... of Medieval Texts
(Language: English)
Dennis Korus, Philosophische Fakultät Universität Passau
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography

The first session deals with new theoretical approaches in paratext research that take specific medieval and pre-modern questions and subjects of text and book production into account. It thus forms the theoretical and methodological framework for the following three sessions. In all three papers, Genette’s theory on paratexts will be critically discussed with regard to its applicability to pre-modern textual practices and text cultures in order to develop new perspectives for historical paratext research in medieval literary studies, as well as in manuscript studies and the study of early book history.