Michael I. Allen: Latin Paleography

Verso from a Cistercian Missal c.1173 VAULT Case MS +7
Verso from a Cistercian Missal c.1173 VAULT Case MS +7
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Graduate Seminar
Friday, September 28, 2012 to Friday, December 7, 2012

2 - 5 pm. An optional one-hour practicum between 11:30 and 1:30 preceeding each class session will be determined with the instructor.

Room B-82

Directed by Michael I. Allen, University of Chicago

This seminar will emphasize the development of Latin handwriting, primarily as book scripts, from its origins to the waning of the Carolingian minuscule, ca. A.D. 1100. By mastering the foundational types of writing, participants will develop skills for reading all Latin-based scripts, including those used for vernacular languages and the subsequent Gothics and their derivatives down to the sixteenth century.

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Class goals include: to learn how script developed during this period, to acquire ocular flexibility for reading writing of all eras, to become familiar with abbreviations and editorial practice, and to read samples of Classical and Christian Latin texts in facsimiles.

Along with the survey of the foundational types of Latin script, which participants will learn to identify and read, the class shall also have an exercise in the continuous transcription of a straightforward Gothic hand. So students will acquire practical skills in reading and presenting a text preserved in this type of writing. Participants shall work with a delightful and important medieval source, Jocelin of Brakelond’s Chronicle of Bury St. Edmunds, in the lone surviving medieval copy, London, British Library, Harley 1005, fols. 128–70 (saec.xiii med.).

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Learn more about the instructor: Michael I. Allen, University of Chicago.

Cost and registration information: 

Prerequisite: A class in Latin.

Eligibility: Limited enrollment, with priority to students from Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions. Students may take this seminar on a not-for-credit basis or arrange to earn credit at their home campuses. When space permits, consortium faculty members are encouraged to audit Newberry seminars, and graduate students from non-consortium schools may also enroll. The course fee is waived for consortium students.

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Faculty and graduate students of Center for Renaissance Studies consortium institutions may be eligible to apply for travel funds to attend CRS programs or to do research at the Newberry. Each member university sets its own policies and deadlines; contact your Representative Council member in advance for details.

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