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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 732: Entanglements of Information: Medieval Book Collections and Their Navigation Charts, III - Networks of Readership

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:'Book of Books' Project, Københavns Universitet
Organiser:René Hernández Vera, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Santo Tomás, Bogotá
Moderator/Chair:Mercedes Pérez Vidal, Departament d'Història i Arqueologia / Institut de Recerca en Cultures Medievals, Universitat de Barcelona
Paper 732-aCreating a Popular Saint for a Noble Laity: Approaching Patronage and Production in the Vie de Colette
(Language: English)
Marisa Michaud, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Monasticism
Paper 732-bTextual Strategies and the Interpretive Community of Hernando Colón's Libro de los epítomes
(Language: English)
René Hernández Vera, Facultad de Filosofía y Letras, Universidad Santo Tomás, Bogotá
Index terms: Bibliography, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities
Paper 732-cMedieval Libraries and Their Audiences: Policies and Practicalities Regarding Readership
(Language: English)
Hannah Purtymun, School of Library & Information Science, University of Iowa
Index terms: Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography

This session explores how medieval readership is anything but a linear process. Marisa Michaud explores the complexities of hagiographical narratives by engaging with the dissemination and linguistic flexibility of different versions of the Vita of Colette of Corbie and its relation with their potential reading communities. René Hernández navigates through the textual strategies that lay behind the summaries of the Libro de los Epítomes, one of the multilayered navigation charts of Hernando Colón's library. Hannah Purtymun reviews the increasing sophistication of medieval and early modern libraries, focusing on policies for admission of readers and access to the material.