Codicology and Latin Paleography
This seminar provides students with a firm foundation in the discipline of codicology (the study of the manuscript book) and introduces them both to the forms of script used in writing Latin in the Middle Ages and to the cultural history of the medieval book. Students become familiar with the materials and techniques of medieval book production, develop their skills in transcribing Latin from original sources, and explore the role of the book in medieval society. Because so much of what we know about the Middle Ages is derived from the study of manuscripts, this seminar—intended for medievalists from across the disciplines—provides students with a fundamental skill for the study of literature (both Latin and vernacular), intellectual history, social history, ecclesiastical history, art history, and music history. It also serves to prepare students for the subsequent study of documentary hands. The course draws on the Newberry Library’s manuscript holdings in demonstrating the physical properties of the manuscript book, as sources for student transcription assignments, and as potential topics for term papers.
Participants: Elise Boneau, Western Michigan University; Stacee Bucciarelli, Loyola University Chicago; Karen Christianson, University of Iowa; Colleen Dunn, Western Michigan University; Thomas Greene, Loyola University Chicago; Andrew Higl, Loyola University Chicago; Tom Juettner, Loyola University Chicago; Megan McNamee, University of Michigan; Amy Oberlin, Loyola University Chicago; Daniel O’Gorman, Loyola University Chicago; Christina Petty, Western Michigan University; Arthur Russell, Western Michigan University; Joshua Smith, Northwestern University; Brady Spangenberg, Purdue University; Erika Tanècs, University of Chicago.
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