2014 Mellon Summer Institute in English Paleography

Lady Mary Wroth, Urania, Vol 2, c. 1621. Newberry VAULT Case MS folio Y 1565 .W95
Detail from Lady Mary Wroth, Urania, Vol 2, c. 1621. Newberry VAULT Case MS folio Y 1565 .W95.
At the Folger Shakespeare Library, Washington, DC
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Mellon Summer Institutes in Vernacular Paleography
Monday, June 2, 2014 to Thursday, June 26, 2014
Directed by Heather Wolfe, Folger Curator of Manuscripts

This four-week institute will provide an intensive introduction to reading and transcribing secretary and italic handwriting in the Tudor-Stuart period. Fifteen participants will also experiment with contemporary writing materials, learn the terminology and conventions for describing and editing early modern manuscripts, and, as time allows, discuss the important and evolving role of handwritten documents within a wider context of print, manuscript, and oral cultures. The institute emphasizes the skills needed for the accurate reading and transcription of texts, but attention may also be given to the instruments of research, codicology, analytical bibliography, and textual editing. Examples will be drawn from the manuscript collections of the Folger Shakespeare Library.

Eligibility: The institute will enroll 15 participants by competitive application. First consideration will be given to advanced PhD students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications are also accepted from advanced PhD students and junior faculty at Canadian institutions, from professional staff of U.S. and Canadian libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars.

Cost and registration information: 

The application deadline has passed.

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