This course is a two-week immersion into the study of the medieval manuscript, with a focus on the material qualities of the books and other handwritten materials of the period and with attention paid also to their characteristic texts and contexts. It draws on twenty-one manuscripts on loan to WMU by Les Enluminures through its “Manuscripts in the Curriculum” program, as well as the manuscript holdings of WMU Libraries. Class meetings are 9 to 10:15 a.m. and 10:45 a.m. to 12-noon, Monday through Friday. The afternoons feature a variety of required activities, including the completion of exercises involving original objects, hands-on workshops in papermaking and bookbinding, preparation for oral reports to be given on the last day of class and consultations with the instructor.
Application for early admission must be made by Jan. 4, 2019 (with notification by Feb. 1). Applications close on May 1, 2019.
Funding may be available for some applicants through the Medieval Academy’s Committee for Centers and Regional Associations.