New Directions in Later Medieval Manuscript Studies

New Directions in Later Medieval Manuscript Studies

Essays from the 1998 Harvard Conference

Edited by Derek Pearsall


York Medieval Press



Influential scholars from Britain and North America discuss future directions in rapidly expanding field of manuscript study.
The study of manuscripts is one of the most active areas of current research in medieval studies: manuscripts are the basic primary material evidence for literary scholars, historians and art-historians alike, and there has been an explosion of interest over the past twenty years.

Manuscript study has developed enormously: codices are no longer treated as inert witnesses to a culture whose character has already been determined by the modern scholar, but are active participants in a process of exploration and discovery. The articles collected here discuss the future of this process and vital questions about manuscript study for tomorrow's explorers. They deal with codicology and book production, with textual criticism, with the material structure of the medieval book, with the relation of manuscripts to literary culture, to social history and to the medieval theatre, and with the importance to manuscript study of the emerging technology of computerised digitisation and hypertext display. The essays provide an end-of-millennium perspective on the most vigorous developments in a rapidly expanding field of study.

Contributors: A.I. Doyle, C. David Benson, Martha W. Driver, J.P. Gumbert, Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Linne R. Mooney, Eckehard Simon, Alison Stones, John Thompson.

DEREK PEARSALL is former Professor and Co-Director of the Centre for Medieval Studies, York, and Professor of English at Harvard University.


November 2000
23 black and white, 1 line illustrations
230 pages
23.4x15.6 cm
ISBN: 9781903153017
Format: Hardback
Library eBook
York Medieval Press
BISAC LIT004120, HIS037010
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Table of Contents

Recent Directions in Medieval Manuscript Study - A I Doyle
Another Fine Manuscript Mess: Authors, Editors and Readers of Piers Plowman - C. David Benson
Medieval Manuscripts and Electronic Media: Observations on Future Possibilities - Martha W Driver
Skins, Sheets and Quires - J P Gumbert
Professional Readers of Langland at Home and Abroad: New Directions in the Political and Bureaucratic Codicology of Piers PlowmanPiers Plowman - Kathryn Kerby-Fulton
Professional Scribes? Identifying English Scribes who had a Hand in more than one Manuscript - Linne R Mooney
Manuscript Production in the Medieval Theatre: The German Carnival Plays - Eckehard Simon
The 'Lancelot-Graal' Project - Alison Stones
After Chaucer: Resituating Middle English Poetry in the Late Medieval and Early Modern Period - John J. Thompson

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