Session724
TitleFragments: Texts Reduced to Objects
Date/TimeTuesday 2 July 2019: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorInstitut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
 
OrganiserKatharina Kaska, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien
 
Moderator/ChairChristoph Egger, Institut für Österreichische Geschichtsforschung, Universität Wien
 
Paper 724-a Fragments as Evidence of Learned Environments: The Example of 12th-Century Trondheim
(Language: English)
Åslaug Ommundsen, Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier, Universitetet i Bergen
Index Terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography; Religious Life
Paper 724-b Reconstructing Lost Contents Using Paratextual Evidence: Alphabetum Disticcionum of Master Mathias of Sweden
(Language: English)
Sanna Supponen, Faculty of Arts, University of Helsinki
Index Terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography; Sermons and Preaching
Paper 724-c Chaos or a Master Plan?: The Process of Recycling Manusripts in the Benedictine Abbey of Mondsee
(Language: English)
Katharina Kaska, Österreichische Nationalbibliothek, Wien
Index Terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography; Monasticism
Paper 724-d Manuscript Waste Fragments: Identifying the Bindings from Which They Were Removed
(Language: English)
Jennifer Murray, Ligatus Research Centre, University of the Arts London
Index Terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography
 
AbstractFragments are the epitome of materiality within the world of manuscripts. What was once a carrier of texts was cut up and transformed into mere material for binding books, covering administrative files or other purposes even further removed from the world of the written word. However, for centuries the material aspect of fragments was ignored by scholars who were mainly interested in recovering texts of lost works from these remnants. This session focuses on material aspect of fragment research, by looking at how exactly manuscripts were recycled and what we can learn about cut-up books by looking at the materiality of the pieces that remain.