/ MED 509
- Spring 2011-2012
Middle High German Literature II - Reading Medieval Books
Seminar introduces students to basics of reading medieval German handwriting, with examples from early courtly literature to late medieval devotional prose. Students will also engage with history of manuscript studies and recent debates connecting codicology to literary and critical theory. Questions of the status and gendering of vernacular literacy will also be addressed. Class project will be a collaborative transcription and analysis of a fifteenth-century German compilation of saints lives by female scribe, Anna Eybin.
Sample reading list:
Wenzel, Siegfried (ed.),
Reflections on (New) Philology (1990)
Tervooren, Helmut (ed.),
Philologie als Textwissenschaft (1997)
Textual Situations (2002)
"Zur Logik mediävistischer Editionen" (2003)
Medieval Texts in Context (2008)
"From History of a Book to a 'History of the Book"' (2009)
Not Open to Freshmen.
Transcription of manuscript section plus presentation; final paper. Readings in German and English; Discussion in English.
Class number: 42556
East Pyne Building