Rare Book School: manuscript courses this summer

Rare Book School is currently accepting applications for its summer 2019 courses. Following are just a few of our offerings on medieval and early modern manuscripts:

The Book in the Manuscript Era (H-20) with Raymond Clemens: Learn about the manuscript book in the West from late antiquity to the beginning of the sixteenth century, using the manuscript resources of Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library. Topics include the book form; its materials and construction; the writing and decorating of books; different types of books: biblical, theological, historical, poetic, legal, classical, liturgical, and devotional; the histories of books; the manuscript book in the digital age. H-20 runs June 9–14 at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

Advanced Seminar in Medieval Manuscript Studies (M-90) with Barbara A. Shailor: Deepen your understanding of the varied approaches to medieval and Renaissance manuscripts. Students will use hands-on analysis and discussion of manuscript fragments and codices in the collections of Yale’s Beinecke Library to improve their paleographic and codicological skills. Previous coursework and experience with manuscripts, and very good or excellent knowledge of Latin are required for this course. M-90 runs June 9–14 at Yale’s Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library.

The Medieval Manuscript in the Twenty-First Century (M-95) with Will Noel & Dot Porter: An introduction for students of both the digital humanities and manuscript studies to the concepts and realities of working with medieval manuscripts. Students will discuss digital surrogacy and best practices when digitizing medieval manuscripts as well as current publication technologies and resources for digitized medieval manuscripts. Those interested in manuscripts and digital technologies are welcome to apply! Advanced technological experience is not required. M-95 runs June 23–28 at the University of Pennsylvania’s Kislak Center for Special Collections, Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Visit www.rarebookschool.org for course details, previous student evaluations, and instructions for applying. We hope to see you and fellow bibliophiles in an RBS course soon.

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