Annual Riddy Lecture
Since some famous manuscript conferences at York in the 1980s, studying manuscripts has been a crucial part of studying medieval English literature – an approach later known as the study of ‘material texts’. But at the limits of pages, in page breaks and margins, it is possible to see some limits to studying ‘material texts’. The method is challenged by elements of the material page which are difficult to relate to the text, or which disrupt copying and reading.
The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception. All welcome.
Professor Dan Wakelin
Professor Daniel Wakelin is the Jeremy Griffiths Professor of Medieval English Palaeography at the University of Oxford. His research focuses on the material remains of English literature between the fourteenth and early sixteenth centuries: and what manuscripts and early printed books reveal about writing and reading habits.