Undergraduate Course: Manuscripts, Artists & Audiences: Introduction to the Medieval Codex (HIAR10179)
|School||Edinburgh College of Art
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course is an introduction to medieval manuscripts and will consider the production and use of different types of medieval codices. The first part of the course will focus on the practical elements of manuscript production while the second part will consider different genres and the use of different medieval books.
This course will introduce students to the production, use and functions of medieval manuscripts. Through lectures, seminars, study visits to book depositories and hands-on practical exercises, students will learn how medieval books were created and put together. Although not a chronological survey of a thousand years of book history, this course will consider both monastic production and secular workshop practices. Through case studies focusing on particular manuscripts examining patterns of use and wear and relationships between patrons, artists, and later owners, students will gain insight in to the religious and social functions of medieval books.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students should have at least 3 History of Art courses at grade B or above (or be predicted to obtain this). We will only consider University/College level courses. As numbers are limited, visiting students should contact the Visiting Student Office directly for admission to this course.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 20,
Formative Assessment Hours 1,
Summative Assessment Hours 2,
Revision Session Hours 1,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||1 x 2000 word essay 50% - submitted weeks 8-10.«br /»
1 x 2 hour exam 50% - May or December diet.«br /»
||Students are given feedback on formative assessment as follows:
At an agreed point around week 4-6, you will provide an outline of your essay (max 1 page) to get feedback on argument and structure. You will receive verbal feedback at a one-to-one meeting.
There will be an essay and an exam, equally weighted. Written feedback on student essays will be provided, in addition to a one-to-one meeting towards the end of semester.
||Hours & Minutes
|Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)||Manuscripts, Artists & Audiences: Introduction to the Medieval Codex||2:00|
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate haptic knowledge of aspects of manuscript production and illumination through practical engagement with material and primary sources.
- Demonstrate knowledge of the key characteristics of specific genres of medieval manuscripts.
- Demonstrate understanding of the social, religious and practical contexts for the creation, use and continued lives of medieval codices.
- Demonstrate the ability to confidently discuss and describe the architecture of a manuscript as well as the formal features of the page, such as iconography and mise-en-page.
|Kathryn Rudy, Postcards on Parchment: The Social Lives of Medieval Books (2015) |
Eamon Duffy, Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers, 1240-1570 (2011)
Kathryn Rudy, 'Dirty Books: Quantifying Patterns of Use in Medieval Manuscripts Using a Densitometer' Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art 2 (2010): 1-26.
Spike Bucklow, The Alchemy of Paint: Art, Science and Secrets from the Middle Ages (2009)
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
||Visual and critical analysis;
Clear thinking and the development of an argument;
Presentation and communication skills;
Organisation and planning
|Keywords||Europe,Medieval,Book history,Manuscript production,Use of Manuscripts,Devotional Practices
||Course secretary||Mrs Sue Cavanagh
Tel: (0131 6)51 1460