IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1755: Manuscript Culture: Research Methodologies, III

Thursday 9 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Michael Johnston, Department of English, Purdue University
Moderator/Chair:Michael van Dussen, Department of English, Ohio State University
Paper 1755-aManuscripts Produced for Personal Use in 14th- and 15th-Century France: Scribes and Characteristics of the Books
(Language: English)
Emilie Cottereau-Gabillet, Université Paris I - Panthéon-Sorbonne
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1755-bSecret Writing and Cryptography in Medieval Manuscripts
(Language: English)
Anna Dorofeeva, School of History, University College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 1755-cSites and Methods of Book Production: Medieval England
(Language: English)
Michael Johnston, Department of English, Purdue University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Manuscript books are unique – but each of them also reflects a particular culture of book production and stems from a specific social context. To what extent can the study of large corpora of manuscripts enable us to generalize about the book culture of a specific time, place, and social setting? Vice versa, can we use such generalizations in trying to understand individual manuscripts? What is gained and what is lost when one scales up to examine a large number of manuscripts or focuses on individual manuscripts? What do the tools of Digital Humanities offer such scholarly endeavors? This session gathers together scholars exploring the cultures and social settings of book production from the Carolingian period until the 15th century with both small and large sets of manuscripts.