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Syllabus 2018-19 - 76313007 - Medieval English and its Manuscripts (Medieval english and its manuscripts)

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  • Level 1: Tutorial support sessions, materials and exams in this language
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  • Level 3: Tutorial support sessions, materials, exams, seminars and regular lectures in this language
DEGREE: Máster Univ. en Online en English Studies (OMIES) / Estudios ingleses
FACULTY: Centre for Postgraduate Studies of the University of Jaen

ACADEMIC YEAR: 2018-19
SYLLABUS
1. COURSE BASIC INFORMATION
NAME: Medieval English and its Manuscripts
CODE: 76313007 ACADEMIC YEAR: 2018-19
LANGUAGE: English LEVEL: 3
ECTS CREDITS: 3.0 YEAR: 1 SEMESTER: SC
 
2. LECTURER BASIC INFORMATION
NAME: ALCARAZ SINTES, ALEJANDRO
DEPARTMENT: U115 - FILOLOGÍA INGLESA
FIELD OF STUDY: 345 - FILOLOGÍA INGLESA
OFFICE NO.: D2 - 210 E-MAIL: aalcaraz@ujaen.es P: 953213560
WEBSITE: https://www.uja.es/departamentos/filing/contactos/alcaraz-sintes-alejandro
LANGUAGE: English LEVEL: 3
 
3. CONTENT DESCRIPTION

1. The origins of written English: the Anglo-Saxon futhorc and the adoption of the Latin alphabet.

2. The history of scripts.

3. Medieval manuscripts and codices: production, preservation, transmission and reception.

4. The different parts and elements of manuscripts.

5. Major manuscripts containing works in medieval English and modern editions.

6. Introduction to transcription and edition.

7. Basic description and transcription practice with late Middle English manuscripts.

 

1. The history of writing

1. The origin of writing and of the alphabet

2. The English alphabets

1. The Anglo-Saxon futhorc

2. The introduction of the Latin alphabet

2. The writing materials

1. Substrates and book formats

1. Introduction

2. Clay and wax tablets

3. Papyrus and parchment srolls

4. Papyrus and parchment codices

5. Paper and codices / printed books

2. Implements

1. Writing tools

2. Inks and other implements

3. The writing process

1. Writing and copying

2. Errors found in manuscripts

3. Correcting textual errors

4. Glossing

5. Annotations and bookmarks

6. Other marks found in manuscripts

1. Line fillers

2. Pen trials

3. Sketches rough drafts, doodles and pawn markings

7. Rubricating

8. Illuminating

4. The scripts

1. Terminology actions of the pen, letters and scripts

2. The evolution of scripts

1. Introduction

 

2. Roman scripts

3. Caroline script

4. Insular

5. The influence of Caroline on insular scripts

6. Gothic scripts

5. Abbreviations and punctuation found in manuscripts

1. Introduction

2. Abbreviations

1. Contractions

2. Curtailments (suspensions)

3. Brevigraphs

4. Superior letters

5. Elision

3. Punctuation

6. Production and consumption of manuscripts

1. The Anglo-Saxon period

2. The Middle English period

7. Transcription and edition of manuscripts

1. Description

2. Transcription

3. Textual commentaries

8. Transcription practice

4. COURSE DESCRIPTION AND TEACHING METHODOLOGY

The students' activities over the 3-week period assigned to the course shall be:

  • Self-study of the manual and complementary references on the virtual Teaching Platform.
  • Query and doubt resolution by email or through the course's online forum in the virtual Teaching Platfrom.
  • Multiple choice / Short answer test on the theoretical content of the course.
  • Manuscript description and transcriptions exercises.
  • Written asignment containing a description, transcription and translation of an extract of a late Middle English manuscript.

 

Students with special educational needs should contact the Student Attention Service (Servicio de Atención y Ayudas al Estudiante) in order to receive the appropriate academic support

5. ASSESSMENT METHODOLOGY

The following shall evaluated:

  1. The theoretical contents of the online manual will be assessed through a multiple choice / short answer test (CB6, CB10, CE9, CE10, CELI7, CG6, CT1, CT5, CT6; R48) (20%).
  2. Practical competences will be assessed through practical cases or exercises (70%): 
    • description of manuscript texts (CE5, CE8, CE10, CELI7, CG5, CG6, CG9, CG10, CT1, CT3, CT5, CT9; R29, R48);
    • Transcription and translation of manuscript texts in late Middle English (CB7, CELI7, CT3, CT5, CT9; R23, R28).
  3. The number and quality of the contributions to the course's forum will also be assessed (CB6, CE8, CE9, CG10; R27) (10%).

All exercises or assignments must be sent to the teacher by email or through the online Teachning Platform.

6. BOOKLIST
MAIN BOOKLIST:
  • Introducing English medieval book history : manuscripts, their producers and their readers . Edition: -. Author: Hanna, Ralph. Publisher: Liverpool : Liverpool University Press, cop. 2013  (Library)
  • Paleographic Fonts for Latin Scripts Edición: Version 4.00. Autor: Marcos, Juan José. Editorial. Edition: Version 4.00. Author: Marcos, Juan José. Publisher: http://goo.gl/obUKDf  (Library)
ADDITIONAL BOOKLIST:
  • The Cambridge History of the Book in Britain. Edition: -. Author: -.
    • Notes: 6 volumes
     (Library)
  • The Cambridge History of Libraries in Britain and Ireland. Edition: -. Author: -.
    • Notes: 3 volumes
     (Library)