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Learning outcomes

Upon successful completion of the summer school, participants will have obtained:

Knowledge and understanding of

  • Palaeography: different script types used in medieval and early modern Scandinavia (from Carolingian minuscule to Gothic types of scripts), their development, and their characteristic letter shapes
  • Abbreviations in written scripts, recognising them and expanding in a meaningful way
  • Codicology: describing a medieval codex, knowledge about the production of books in the Middle Ages and early modern times (the different stages and people involved)
  • Differences between West ­Norse and East ­Norse manuscripts and scripts
  • History of edition from traditional philology (Lachmann) via Bédier and Cerquiglini to New/Material philology

Skills in

  • Reading and transcribing texts in medieval scripts
  • Identifying different script types and giving a relative dating
  • Locating and identifying the numerous manuscript witnesses (copies) of a certain work
  • How to collate manuscripts for variants (variant apparatus)
  • How to make a stemma codicum

Competences in

  • Working with manuscripts in modern collections
  • Describing medieval manuscripts, their form and function
  • Theory and practice of scholarly editing
  • Technical realisation of edition work/project management
  • Preparing an edition of a previously unedited text