Manuscript and Printed Books
Manuscript and Printed Books 2023-24
School Of Arts, Culture And Language
Module - Semester 1
This module will explore a range of manuscripts and incunabula from the medieval and early modern periods, with a view to engaging with the complex notions of medieval written artefact and composite books, the circulation and the dissemination of manuscripts and printed books. This module will offer the postgraduate the opportunity to pursue highly innovative lines of research in often neglected fields of study, including editing from digital resources and dealing with complex issues in transcription. There will be ample time during the semester for the postgraduate to shape and develop their own enquiries.
-threshold -50-59%A Pass (C) candidate’s work will show many of the following qualities: •A satisfactory level of knowledge, analysis and expression. •Some familiarity with, and understanding of, relevant theoretical issues. •Generally sound organisation of argument, with some critical ability. •Accurate expression. •Competent use of quotation and references.
-good -60-69%A candidate’s work reaching Merit will show many of the following qualities: •An advanced level of factual knowledge. •Significant [substantial] knowledge of relevant theories and types of analysis. •Some evidence of original thought. •The ability to organise and argue effectively, make balanced judgements, and demonstrate critical thought. •Fluent and accurate expression. •Competent use of quotation and references.
-excellent -70% and aboveTypically, the work of a candidate reaching Distinction will show many of the following qualities: •Thorough knowledge and understanding of relevant theories and types of analysis. •Thorough knowledge of a range of sources and the capacity to engage these critically. •Introduction and discussion of original ideas. •Relevant, well-organised and sophisticated argument. •High ratio of analysis to exposition. •Maturity, clarity and cogency of expression. •Excellent handling of quotation and references.
- Show sophisticated ability to engage with differing critical attitudes to the transcription of medieval and early modern texts.
- demonstrate sophisticated critical understanding of the interrelationships of text, context, authorship and textual transmission.
- master and be able to discuss in accurate detail the characteristic features of selected manuscript and printed books.
Exercise in transcription - this will include two full pages from two manuscripts to transcribe, and a descriptive and critical commentary on the codicological and palaeographical features of the two (overall guide word length 3000 words). This exercise will have a timeframe of 2 weeks between its release and its deadline.
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)