Writing beyond Pen and Parchment: Inscribed Objects in Medieval European Literature

Wagner, Ricarda Patricia; Neufeld, Christine; Lieb, Ludger (eds.) (2019). Writing beyond Pen and Parchment: Inscribed Objects in Medieval European Literature. Materiale Textkulturen: Vol. 30. Berlin: De Gruyter

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What can stories of magical engraved rings or prophetic inscriptions on walls tell us about how writing was perceived before print transformed the world? Writing beyond Pen and Parchment introduces readers to a Middle Ages where writing is not confined to manuscripts but is inscribed in the broader material world, in textiles and tombs, on weapons or human skin. Drawing on the work done at the Collaborative Research Centre “Material Text Cultures,” (SFB 933) this volume presents a comparative overview of how and where text-bearing artefacts appear in medieval German, Old Norse, British, French, Italian and Iberian literary traditions, and also traces the paths inscribed objects chart across multiple linguistic and cultural traditions. The volume’s focus on the raw materials and practices that shaped artefacts both mundane or fantastical in medieval narratives offers a fresh perspective on the medieval world that takes seriously the vibrancy of matter as a vital aspect of textual culture often overlooked.

Item Type:

Book (Edited Volume)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of English Languages and Literatures > Old English

UniBE Contributor:

Wagner, Ricarda Patricia

Subjects:

800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 820 English & Old English literatures

ISSN:

2198-6932

ISBN:

978-3-11-064544-6

Series:

Materiale Textkulturen

Publisher:

De Gruyter

Language:

English

Submitter:

Marion Irena Troxler

Date Deposited:

06 Feb 2020 11:36

Last Modified:

11 Oct 2021 09:34

Additional Information:

https://www.degruyter.com/view/product/524503

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.138825

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/138825

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