These summer institutes provide intense practical training in reading late medieval and Renaissance manuscripts in European vernacular hands: English, French, Italian, and Spanish. The institutes emphasize the skills needed for the accurate reading and transcription of vernacular texts, but attention may also be given to the instruments of research, codicology, analytical bibliography, and textual editing, depending on the expertise of the instructors and the nature of the documents under consideration.
Each institute will enroll 15 participants. First consideration will be given to advanced graduate students and junior faculty at U.S. colleges and universities, but applications will also be accepted from professional staff of U.S. libraries and museums, and from qualified independent scholars. Advanced language skills are required. Applicants selected for admission will receive a stipend to help defray the cost of attending the institute.
French Paleography: 17 July-11 August, 2006, Center for Renaissance Studies, The Newberry Library, with Bernard Barbiche, Emeritus, …cole Nationale des Chartes, Paris
Applications available in January at http://www.newberry.org/renaissance/conf-inst/mellonfrench06.html
Due March 1
Participants in this institute will receive intensive training in the accurate reading and transcription of early modern French texts (from the sixteenth to the eighteenth centuries). Although the major emphasis of the institute is on paleographical skills, Professor Barbiche's class will also examine the history of early modern French monarchial institutions in the same period, and the history and current organization of French public archives.
English Paleography: 10 July- 4 August, 2006, with Heather Wolfe, Curator of Manuscripts, Folger Shakespeare Library
Applications available in January at http://www.folger.edu/template.cfm?cid=1717
Due March 1
This institute will provide intensive training in the accurate reading and transcription of early modern English handwriting. The course will focus primarily on the secretary and italic hands in the Tudor and Jacobean periods. Participants will also experiment with contemporary writing materials; learn the terminology for describing and comparing letter forms; consider the various editorial conventions relating to abbreviations, interlineal insertions, and deleted text; and discuss the important and evolving role of handwritten documents within a wider context of print, manuscript, and oral cultures. Examples will be drawn from the Folgerís manuscript collection.
For a complete schedule 2005-2008, please go to www.newberry.org/renaissance/L3rrenaissance.html
The Newberry Library
Center for Renaissance Studies
60 West Walton Street
Chicago, IL 60610-7324
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