IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1355: When a Text Becomes a Book: Theoretical Reflections on the Paratextuality of Medieval Literature, IV - Close-Up

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 16.30-18.00

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:Lukas Rösli, Deutsches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Paper 1355-aBorder's Images for Border's Themes: The Untold behind the Medieval Miniatures
(Language: English)
Simonetta Doglione, Dipartimento di Studi Umanistici, Università degli Studi di Ferrara
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities
Paper 1355-bIcelandic Troy Stories: From Saga to Book
(Language: English)
Sabine Heidi Walther, Abteilung für Skandinavische Sprachen und Literaturen, Rheinische Friedrich-Wilhelms-Universität Bonn
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Printing History
Paper 1355-cThe Overflowing Cup of Grettis saga
(Language: English)
Steven Hartman, Department of Languages & Literature Mälardalen University Västerås
Viðar Hreinsson, Icelandic Museum of Natural History Reykjavík / Stefansson Arctic Institute Akureyri Iceland
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Printing History
Abstract

The last session of the strand focuses on individual phenomena, which are subjected to a detailed analysis. Where are the boundaries between text and illustration in medieval manuscripts and how can medieval miniatures influence the text they frame? It will also be discussed how the paratexts adapted to new media influences and scientific activities during transmission. Finally, the question will be examined as to whether it is the printed paratext that makes a recognizable book out of a text, which we expect to have a consistent narrative content, or whether such a uniformed content is already discernible in manuscripts.