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'Hear what this book says': The Oral Dissemination of the Written Text

Date and Time: 
Friday, May 27, 2016. 12:00 PM - 02:00 PM
Meeting Location: 
 200-217
Workshop: 
Oral Literature and Literate Orality
Meeting Description: 

This presentation by Stanord Professor Elaine Treharne will focus on the way texts were delivered in the context of early English transitional literacy. 

Treharne’s main research interests are in Early British manuscripts--their intentionality, materiality, functionality and value. She has published widely in this area over the last twenty years, focusing most specifically on religious poetry and prose, and manuscripts dating from c. 1020 to c. 1220. Her current projects focus on the book as object together with the long History of Text Technologies from the earliest times (c. 60,000 BCE) to the present day. She researches the hapticity and phenomenology of the Medieval book, and will be publishing The Phenomenal Book, 500-1200 based on this work. This research also extends to a more modern period of the Medieval, and to the work of artists, including William Morris, Edward Johnston, Philip Lee Warner, Eric Gill and David Jones, and she’ll eventually be publishing on these figures in The Aesthetic Book: Arts and Crafts to Modernism. She has completed work on Salisbury's early medieval manuscripts for the Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts in Microfiche Facsimileseries, and is now planning a major book on Salisbury books and documents, entitled Collective Memories in Salisbury Cathedral Library and Archives, 1200 to 1600, which will explore this exceptional collection of early textual materials still held in situ. She’s also working on a new (short) book focused on Medieval Materiality and Culture, called Invisible Things.

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