IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 255: The Artefactuality of the Codex: Form and Content in Manuscript Making in Medieval Europe

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:N Yavuz, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Moderator/Chair:Matthew Driscoll, Irish & Celtic Studies Research Institute, University of Ulster / Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Paper 255-a'In my own hand': Homemade Prayer Books
(Language: English)
Anne Mette Hansen, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Bibliography, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 255-bMise-en-page as Data Structure: Fredegar's (Mis)Epitomisation of Jerome
(Language: English)
Alessandro Gnasso, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 255-cThe Codex as a Compilatio: Historiography in Multitext Manuscripts
(Language: English)
N Yavuz, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Taking the materiality of the manuscript book as its focus, this session considers the decision-making processes involved in putting together a codex and the interplay between the physical make-up of a manuscript and the texts it contains. The papers are interested in discussing how the physicality of codices affects the experience of compilers/authors/readers as well as understanding the structure and mechanisms of the production, dissemination and reception of texts as material objects. Focusing on prayer books in Denmark, Hansen discusses the production, customization and use of prayer books and the interrelation between the textual content and book design, with an emphasis on female producers and users. Gnasso examines the complex interplay between content and layout in the case of the epitome of the Chronicle of Jerome found in the so-called Chronicle of Fredegar, in which an originally multidimensional narrative synoptically presented through a tabular mise-en-page in the surviving codices is rearranged into a conventional linear narrative. Yavuz considers the different types of formatting practices that went into producing codices by focusing on compilations that contain multiple Latin historiographical texts and how the materiality of the manuscript influenced the reception, use and transmission of different texts.