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Postgraduate Course: Gaelic Manuscript Culture (CELT11043)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaCeltic Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis seminar-based course will provide students with the practical palaeographical skills required to read manuscripts in medieval and early modern Gaelic scripts, and introduce them to key theoretical and methodological issues involved in working with manuscript based materials.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 2, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 13/01/2014
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 174 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students can be expected to acquire a knowledge of the origins and development of Gaelic script and abbreviations, practical skills in handling and reading Gaelic manuscript material, and an understanding of key theoretical aspects of work with manuscript sources. Class and essay-based work on case studies responding to students¿ own areas of research interest will enable students to put their learning into practice in the context of their own programme of study.
Assessment Information
A selection of transcription exercises (5 x 200 words) plus a 3000 word essay at the end of the course.
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description Not entered
Syllabus 1) Development of script 1: Insular Latin scripts to Irish Hand (inc. abbreviations and orthography)
2) Development of script 2: Corr-litir to later hands (inc. abbreviations and orthography)
3) Layout, marginalia, glosses and commentary
4) The personnel of Gaelic manuscript culture; scribal, compilatory and collection practices.
5) Working with Gaelic manuscript sources: introduction to editorial practices.
6) Using catalogues, facsimiles, digital collections and other aids to Gaelic manuscript materials; introduction to the principles of cataloguing.
7) Practical workshop with Gaelic MS collections in the NLS
8)Practical workshop with Gaelic MS collections in EUL
9)Case studies (Medieval/Early Modern)
10)Case studies (Medieval/Early Modern)
11)Case Studies (Medieval/Early Modern)
Transferable skills Students will be expected to develop a range of critical evaluative skills, ranging from the analysis of manuscript script and abbreviations to understanding and evaluating the impact of varied theoretical approaches to editorial practice on the understanding and interpretation of texts preserved in Gaelic manuscript sources.
Reading list Ludwig Bieler, 'The Irish Book of Hymns: A Palaeographical Study,'Scriptorium 2 (1948), 177-94.

___, 'Insular Palaeography: Present State and Problems,' Scriptorium 3 (1949), 267-94.

Bernhard Bischoff, Latin Palaeography: Antiquity and the Middle Ages, trans. D. Ó Cróinín and D. Ganz (Cambridge 1990 (1993)).

Ronald I. Black, 'The Gaelic Manuscripts of Scotland', in W. Gillies (ed.), Alba agus a' Ghàidhlig (Edinburgh 1989); pp.146-174.

Abigail Burnyeat, 'Córugud and Compilatio in some manuscripts of Táin Bó Cúailnge', in B. Ó Catháin and R. O hUigínn (eds) Ulidia 2: proceedings of the Second International Conference on the Ulster Cycle of Tales, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, 24-27 June 2005 (Maynooth 2009), 356-74.

F. J. Byrne, A Thousand Years of Irish Script (Oxford, 1979).

Thomas Owen Clancy, 'Mourning Fearchar Ó Maoilchiaráin: text, transmission and transformation' in: Wilson MacLeod, James Fraser & Anja Gunderloch (eds), Canan & Cultar / Language and Culture: Rannsachadh na Gàidhlig 3 (Edinburgh 2006): pp.57-71.

Louis Gougaud, 'Les Scribes monastiques d'Irlande au travail,' Revue d'histoire ecclésiastique 27 (1931), 293-306.

___, 'The Remnants of Ancient Irish Monastic Libraries,' Féil-Sgríbhinn Eóin Mhic Néill, ed. J. Ryan (Dublin, 1940), 319-44.

Kathleen Hughes, 'The Distribution of Irish Scriptoria and Centres of Learning from 730 to 1111', in Studies in the Early British Church, ed. N. K. Chadwick (Cambridge, 1958), 243-72.

W. M. Lindsay, Early Irish Minuscule Script (Oxford, 1910).

John Mackechnie, Catalogue of Gaelic Manuscripts in Selected Libraries in Great Britain and Ireland, vol. I (Boston (Mass.) 1973).

Donald MacKinnon, A Descriptive Catalogue of Gaelic Manuscripts in the Advocates¿ Library Edinburgh, and Elsewhere in Scotland (Edinburgh 1912).

Calum MacPhàrlain (ed.), The Fernaig Manuscript (Dundee 1923).

Donald E. Meek, 'The Scots-Gaelic Scribes of Late Medieval Perthshire: An Overview of the Orthography and Contents of the Book of the Dean of Lismore', in Stewart Style: Essays on the Court of James V, ed. Janet Hadley Stewart (East Linton 1996), 254-72.

Eugene O'Curry, Lectures on the Manuscript Materials of Ancient Irish History (Dublin, 1861).

Timothy O'Neill, The Irish Hand (Mountrath, 1984).

Charles Plummer, 'On the Colophons and Marginalia of Irish Scribes', Proceedings of the British Academy 12 (1926), 11-44.

Katharine Simms, Medieval Gaelic Sources (Dublin, 2009)

For a list of facsimiles of Irish manuscripts, see L. Boyle, Medieval Latin Palaeography: A Bibliographical Introduction (Toronto, 1984), pp. 100-4.

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Stichting A.G. Van Hamel voor Keltische Studies:
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern The course employs a combination of lectures and practical workshops; students will contribute to discussion and exploration of texts and concepts in the latter.
Course organiserMs Abigail Burnyeat
Tel: (0131 6)51 1310
Course secretaryMs Christine Lennie
Tel: (0131 6)50 4167
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