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Reading Medieval Books: The Auchinleck Manuscript

Faculté de gestion: Faculté des lettres

Responsable(s): Rory Critten
Intervenant(s): -

Période de validité: 2018 -> 2018

Pas d'horaire défini.


Semestre de printemps
2 heures par semaine
28 heures par semestre

Langue(s) d'enseignement: anglais
Public: Oui
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Most classes in medieval English address primary texts that have been collected according to criteria that reflect modern preoccupations with, for example, genre (e.g. the Breton lay), or theme (e.g. Early Comic Writing). In contrast, this course takes as its organizing principle a thoroughly medieval idea: the manuscript book. The focus of our study will be Edinburgh, National Library of Scotland, Advocates' MS 19. 2. 1, a book otherwise known as the Auchinleck Manuscript (after the man who gifted it to the Advocates' Library). Made c. 1330 in London, the Auchinleck Manuscript is one of the largest and earliest collections of Middle English verse. It is notable for the variety of texts that it contains, which run from romances to hagiographies, political satire, works of pious instruction, and a chronicle. Reading texts from the Auchinleck book will give students an opportunity to familiarize themselves with Middle English writing before Chaucer (d. 1400). It will also introduce them to the study of book production and manuscript compilation. As well as reading a sample of Auchinleck's texts, we will be thinking of questions such as the following: What evidence of the processes of its manufacture does the book contain? How might this evidence shape our reading of the book? and What might the compilation of the book's texts imply about the tastes and requirements of its makers and readers?


A 4,000 word essay, citing at least six secondary sources, to be delivered shortly after the end of term (date tba).

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