415: Advanced Studies in Textuality and
the History of the Book:
Manuscript and Print Culture in the
Medieval and Early Modern Eras


Dr. Rankin 3 credit hours

          This course examines the transition from manuscript to print culture during the late medieval and early modern eras. In attending to the embodiment of texts as material objects in manuscript and printed books, we will scrutinize physical, intellectual, and cultural connections among authors, scribes, publishers, printers, patrons, and readers.

          Topics under consideration will include the interaction of texts and readers of manuscripts and printed books; the relationship between a book’s format and its intellectual contents; medieval scribal culture and its evolution following the advent of English printing; patterns of learned and vernacular literacy; the politics of printing during the English Reformation; the Dissolution of the Monasteries and its effects on manuscript collecting and editing; concepts of authorship; the interpretation of illuminations, woodcuts and engravings as texts; and the relationship between England’s insular book trade and developments in manuscript and print culture on the Continent.

          This course will be of interest to students in literary studies, history, philosophy & religion, and medieval & renaissance studies. 

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