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Postgraduate Course: Working with Pre-modern Manuscripts (CLLC11129)

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 areaCommon Courses (School of Lit, Lang and Cult) Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionThis course provides students with an introduction to manuscript study and the skills involved in working with manuscripts. Seminars on the manuscript cultures of the middle ages and Renaissance will be followed by an introduction to basic principles of palaeography, codicology and textual editing. Classes will focus on particular examples from a range of periods and languages, aiming through these to raise issues, concepts and methodologies relevant to all students working on pre-modern manuscripts. Students will be directed to relevant on-line resources to support seminar activity. In the latter part of the course each student will work on an individual textual project within their own area of specialisation.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements Students from programmes other than Medieval Literatures and Cultures may take this course but must discuss first with the Course Organiser.
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) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Learning and Teaching Activities
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Please contact the School directly for a breakdown of Assessment Methods
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
Students taking the course will:
┐ acquire a basic knowledge of the history of manuscripts through the middle ages and Renaissance
┐ develop a recognition of the issues involved in working with and interpreting pre-modern manuscripts
┐ understand the underlying principles of palaeography and the conventions of transcription, and the questions raised by codicology and textual editing
┐ develop practical skills in reading, transcribing and interpreting a particular manuscript relating to their own area of research┐
Assessment Information
Textual Project involving palaeography and textual editing (100%)
Special Arrangements
Additional Information
Academic description 1) Manuscript culture: medieval (In Centre for Research Collections. Considering an illustrative range of examples from different manuscripts/periods/languages.)

2) Manuscript in the age of print. (In CRC, as above.)

3) What is palaeography? (Identifying letters. Changing letter forms. Contractions. Hands)

4) Transcription: conventions and skills.

5) Interpreting manuscripts: materials, construction/layout, penmanship, language, date/provenance.

6) Manuscripts and textual editing. (Comparing originals with modern editions: what are the issues?)

7) Weeks 7-10: work with an individual staff member in the student┐s own area on a small textual project, resulting in transcription/edition. This will include a student-led week for the whole class to meet and discuss issues arising from the projects.
Syllabus Not entered
Transferable skills Not entered
Reading list Bischoff, Bernhard. 1990. Latin palaeography : antiquity and the Middle Ages. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Cappelli, Adriano, David Heimann, and Richard Kay. 1982. The elements of abbreviation in medieval Latin paleography, University of Kansas publications. Lawrence: Universiy of Kansas Libraries.

Cappelli, Adriano. 1979. Lexicon abbreviaturarum : dizionario di abbreviature latine ed italiane usate nelle carte e codici specialmente del Medio-Evo, riprodotte con oltre 14000 segni incisi, con l'aggiunta di uno studio sulla brachigrafia medioevale, un prontuario di sigle epigrafiche, l'antica numerazione romana ed arabica ed i segni indicanti monete, pesi, misure, etc. 6a ed, Manuali Hoepli. Milano: Hoepli ;.

Clanchy, M. T. 1993. From memory to written record : England 1066-1307. 2nd ed. Oxford: Blackwell.

Crick, Julia C., and Alexandra Walsham. 2004. The uses of script and print, 1300-1700. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Denholm-Young, N. 1964. Handwriting in England and Wales. 2nd ed. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

Great Britain. Scottish Record Office. 1994. Scottish handwriting, 1500-1700 : a self-help pack. Edinburgh: Scottish Record Office.

Hector, L. C. 1966. The handwriting of English documents. 2nd ed. London: Edward Arnold.

Parkes, M. B. 1979. English cursive book hands, 1250-1500. Repr. with minor revisions. ed. London,.

Parkes, M.B. 1973. The Literacy of the Laity. In Literature and Western Civilization: Vol 2 The Medieval World, edited by D. D. a. A. Thorlby. London: Aldus.

Simpson, Grant G. 1998. Scottish handwriting, 1150-1650 : an introduction to the reading of documents. East Linton: Tuckwell Press.

On-line resources:
A wiki will be used to provide support material and links to general and specific on-line palaeographic resources:

Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserDr Sarah Carpenter
Tel: (0131 6)50 3608
Course secretaryMiss Sarah Harvey
Tel: (0131 6)51 1822
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