CFP: [Medieval] Kalamazoo (5/8-5/11/2008) Special Session: Medieval Merchants and Their Manuscripts

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Christina Fitzgerald

Call for Papers

International Congress on Medieval Studies: Kalamazoo May 8-11, 2008

Session Title: Medieval Merchants and Their Manuscripts: Multidisciplinary

Organized by: Christina M. Fitzgerald, Anna Dronzek

The purpose of this panel is to bring together three or four scholars from
different disciplines to talk about manuscript ownership by mercantile
readers in the late Middle Ages. Though the organizers work on late
medieval England and largely on vernacular manuscripts, we welcome papers
from any national or cultural area of study, and on any type of manuscript.
 Our goal is to open up conversations among literary scholars,
codicologists, historians, and art historians on the impact and meaning of
the greater ownership and readership of manuscripts by the mercantile
classes in the late Middle Ages. Traditionally, literary scholars and art
historians concentrate on the contents of a manuscript â€" one the text, the
other the illustrations â€" while codicologists and historians look at the
material object itself. We are hoping that a panel like ours will
encourage scholars to put all those pieces together, in collaboration or in
their own work. Moreover, we would like to encourage further exploration
of the intellectual culture of medieval merchants as consumers, owners, and
readers of books; too often merchants are examined primarily as economic or
political actors, and their contributions to literary and book culture in
their own age and in its subsequent impact on generations in the age of
print are overlooked.

Please submit an abstract of around 300 words by no later than September
15th 2007 to or by mail or fax to:

Christina M. Fitzgerald
Univ. of Toledo
Dept. of English
Mail Stop 925
2801 W. Bancroft St.
Toledo, OH 43606

Fax: 419-530-4440

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