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IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1155: When a Text Becomes a Book: Theoretical Reflections on the Paratextuality of Medieval Literature, II - Thresholds

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

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:Diane G. Scott, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Paper 1155-aMedieval Paratextuality?: The Bestiary as a Challenge for Genette's Theory of Paratext
(Language: English)
Angela Gencarelli, Institut für Geschichtswissenschaft und Literarische Kulturen Leuphana Universität Lüneburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1155-bIndices of Later Medieval Distinction Collections and Their Relation to the Text
(Language: English)
Sanna Supponen, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1155-cLibrarianist Paratexts?: How to Judge a Book by Its Cover
(Language: English)
Regina Jucknies, Institut für Skandinavistik / Fennistik, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Bibliography, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Our second session deals with the question of the boundary between the outside and the inside of a text, or according to Genette, the threshold he calls paratext. Starting from a renewed theoretical examination of the paratext, this session will move on to more specific questions about how the paratext makes manuscripts and books accessible to the world. This accessibility to the text is discussed on the basis of collections of medieval codices and on the basis of classification systems in libraries, with material philological questions also being addressed.