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The Medieval Book Then and Now

Prof. Adam S. Cohen (Department of Art), Thursdays, 10:00 am – 1:00 pm, Winter 2019, SS 6032

This seminar primarily investigates the different ways that people embellished books in the Middle Ages and the meaning those held for a wide range of contemporary makers and users. Focus will be paid to the religious, political, and social messages communicated by the inclusion of decoration in these European books, which range from Gospels, to literature and history, to private devotional works. In addition, we will explore the methods and motivations behind the study, preservation, and presentation of medieval manuscripts in the modern world (including digital platforms). Students will be encouraged to develop their required presentation on a topic suitable to their disciplinary or intellectual interests, which might extend to non-European medieval material.

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