In principle aimed at MA students of Book & Digital Media Studies. Some exceptions may be made: contact the instructor.
This seminar course offers an introduction to the history and development of the Western manuscript book. It explores various aspects of the production and use of the medieval manuscript in Europe, from scribal habits to the practices of readers. The course focuses on both the physical features of medieval books as well as the contexts in which they were produced and used. The course consists of two parts: in the first half students are taught how the manuscript was produced and used; the second half will put the theory into practice and offer students the chance to work with actual medieval artifacts.
1 To introduce students to the medieval manuscript and its culture of production and use.
2 To develop a critical understanding of how knowledge of medieval books may be employed in other medieval disciplines, such as the study of history and literature.
3 To show what role the handwritten book plays in the broader history of human communication.
The timetable is available on the Media Studies website
Mode of instruction
The course load is 140 hours
Hours spent on attending seminars: 26 hours
Time for studying compulsory literature: 39 hours
Time for writing papers: 75 hours
Essay 1: 40%
Essay 2: 40%
Class participation: 20%
Blackboard will be used (general information, supplying additional readings)
Clemens, R. and Graham, T. (2007), Introduction to Manuscript Studies (Cornell University Press)
Registration Studeren à la carte and Contractonderwijs
Registration Studeren à la carte via: www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderwijs/alacarte
Registration Contractonderwijs via: http://www.hum.leidenuniv.nl/onderwijs/contractonderwijs/
Media Studies student administration, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 102C. Tel. 071 5272144; .email@example.com.
Coordinator of studies: Mr. J. Donkers, MA, P.N. van Eyckhof 4, room 1.02b.