CFP: [Medieval] (KZOO '09) Margins of Error: On the Self-Correcting Medieval Manuscript

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CFP: 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies
Kalamazoo, MI
May 7-10, 2009

Margins of Error: On the Self-Correcting Medieval Manuscript

Sponsored by: The Research Group on Manuscript Evidence

In keeping with the Group’s mission to “apply an integrated, holistic
approach to manuscripts and texts in other forms” our session calls for
papers closely examining the materials in the margins of manuscripts,
especially those that not only comment upon the texts which they
surround, but which may offer alternative or even “corrective” readings
to a manuscript’s central text.
That is, while some marginal images exist to support a text (by providing
mnemonic aid, or by illustrating a scene in a “central” story), others
seem to exist at a disjoint to their neighboring text (as with the rude
grylles and shitten monkeys that pepper so many holy works) and so may
offer counterpoint or even contradiction to an otherwise uncontested
central text. We thus look for papers discussing such potentially “self-
correcting” marginalia in medieval manuscripts: the images that, while
often subordinate to the text, still find a rebelliously self-reflexive

The Research Group is especially interested in first-hand (re)evaluations
of medieval manuscripts and their marginalia, but all readings with close
textual focus are welcome.

Please submit abstracts and cover materials to Jeff Massey at by September 15th for full consideration.

Jeff Massey, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of English Language and Literature
The Royal English Department
1000 Hempstead Avenue
Molloy College
Rockville Centre, NY 11571-5002

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