Insular Books: Vernacular Miscellanies in Late Medieval Britain
Thu, 2012-06-21 - Sat, 2012-06-23
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This conference, held at the British Academy, will bring a new and multi-disciplinary focus to the late medieval miscellany, a little investigated and poorly understood type of manuscript. Typically such manuscripts present a range of contents in prose and verse (literary, historical, devotional, medical, and practical texts) in the various languages of later medieval Britain (Middle English, Anglo- Norman, Middle Welsh, Middle Scots). The discussion will address four main inter-related concerns: how to achieve a definition for the miscellany which distinguishes it from other mixed-content manuscripts (anthologies, collections, composite volumes); how to make manuscript miscellanies and their textual contents accessible to modern readers, including scholars, students, archivists, and general readers; how to develop a coherent scholarly methodology for dealing with volumes whose contents are intrinsically multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary; how to understand and represent the complex relationships between manuscript miscellanies. For details of the draft programme and how to register go to: http://www.britac.ac.uk/events/2012/Insular_Books_Vernacular_Misc_in_Lat...
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