IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1255: When a Text Becomes a Book: Theoretical Reflections on the Paratextuality of Medieval Literature, III - Editing Manuscripts

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

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:Patrick Andrist, Evangelisch-Theologische Fakultät, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Paper 1255-aWhen a Text Becomes Its Paratext: Reshaping Lydgate's Fall of Princes
(Language: English)
Diane G. Scott, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Printing History
Paper 1255-bFortunatus and the Consequences of Changing a Book
(Language: English)
Gudrun Bamberger, Deutsches Seminar Eberhard Karls Universität Tübingen
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Printing History
Paper 1255-cTrailing Quattrocento Letter Books: Production, Meaning, Readership
(Language: English)
Simon Smets, Department of Greek & Latin University College London / Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for Neo-Latin Studies Innsbruck
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Printing History, Rhetoric

The question of the changeability of paratexts through edition and transmission is the topic of the third session. How does the reception and meaning of a text change if its form of presentation, which is defined by the paratext, is substantially changed? At the centre of the discussion is the problem of editing paratexts, both in historical dimensions and in the production of contemporary editions and reproductions of texts in manuscripts as printed books. And what influence do such paratexts have on the reception of a text, or how consciously is the way a book is read controlled by paratexts?