Medieval manuscripts were dense, considered gatherings of text and image, and they are among the richest of artifacts bequeathed to us by the Middle Ages. Manuscripts both crystallized and intervened in many of the key intellectual, religious, and aesthetic foundations of medieval Europe. To step into a luxurious medieval manuscript--into its script, its miniatures, its marginal decoration, its scribbles, its little monsters and unexpected grotesques, its tears and signs of use--is to probe definitions of painted image and written word that differ markedly from our own today. Throughout, basic questions of the relationship between text and image, and the linguistic and the pictorial, repeatedly beg attention. How were these books made, who used them (if they were used at all), how did the reading process unfold in the medieval period, and how did pictorial decoration assist in revealing--or, perhaps, obscuring--truth? These questions, and more, will inform this seminar's systematic inquiry of the making, function, and layout of the medieval book, from its Late Antique origins to the 15th-century advent of printing.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Graded|
||Fulfills a Major Requirement for: (ARHA-MN)(ARHA)(ARST)(MDST-MN)(MDST)(MDST-Art/Arch)(MDST-History)(MDST-Lang/Lit)(MDST-Phil/Reli)
||Past Enrollment Probability: 90% or above
|Major Readings: Wesleyan RJ Julia Bookstore
, 1. Christopher de Hamel, Making Medieval Manuscripts (Oxford, 2018), ISBN: 9781851244683
2. Additional readings, including articles, book chapters, and primary-source texts, will be made available on e-reserves and Moodle.
|Examinations and Assignments: |
, Class participation, oral presentations, two response papers, seminar research project and paper.
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|Instructor(s): Ackley,Joseph Salvatore Times: ..T.... 01:00PM-03:50PM; Location: BOGH115; |
|Total Enrollment Limit: 13||SR major: 4||JR major: 4|| || |
|Seats Available: 3||GRAD: X||SR non-major: 3||JR non-major: 2||SO: 0||FR: X|
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