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ADFA 3001 Illuminated Manuscripts: The Beauty and Secrets of the Book (Fall: 4 )

Course Description

As an examination of the art and technique of the illuminated manuscript, this course will draw upon Beyond Words: Illuminated Manuscripts in Boston Collections, a unique exhibition of over 200 manuscripts in Boston area museums during the Fall 2016 semester. Through a study of manuscripts and the people, cultures, and ideologies that produced them, the course will evaluate the roll of these cultural artifacts in the medieval world as well as in the present day. We will explore monastic scriptoria, booksellers’ shops in medieval Paris, and the twenty-first century conservation labs where manuscripts are preserved. Students will examine manuscripts in detail, read historical accounts of the era, and consider modern literary representations of the scribal craft. Students will also be required to attend museum exhibitions and will be responsible for curating their own digital scholarly projects.

Schedule: Periodically


Prerequisites: None

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Last Updated: 24-Jun-17