The Materiality of Writing in the Middle Ages

LECTURE: Prof. Dr. Ludger Lieb (University of Heidelberg), Traces: Hunting, Love and the Materiality of Writing in the Middle Ages, Centre for the Study of Manuscript Cultures (CSMC), Room 0001, Warburgstraße 26, D-20354 Hamburg, Germany, Thursday, 7 July 2016 at 6 pm.

The presentation first introduces the research focuses of the CRC 933 Material Text Cultures at the University of Heidelberg: the relation of text and material in cultures without printing; the constellations of spaces and networks in which script-bearing artefacts are embedded; the practices connected to these artefacts; and the concept of metatexts, that is narratives about things on which something is inscribed. In a second step, the presentation aims to open up the notion of “trace” for a reflection about the materiality of writing and of manuscripts by drawing on a number of examples from medieval literature and art, from allegories of hunting and the traces of deer to material traces of love and the traces of the scribe on the vellum page.

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