LJMedB32 Latin Manuscripts and Medieval Literature

Faculty of Arts
Spring 2025
Extent and Intensity
2/0/0. 5 credit(s). Type of Completion: k (colloquium).
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D. (lecturer)
doc. Mgr. Dana Stehlíková, Ph.D. (lecturer)
Guaranteed by
doc. Mgr. Petra Mutlová, M.A., Ph.D.
Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Contact Person: Jitka Erlebachová
Supplier department: Department of Classical Studies – Faculty of Arts
Course Enrolment Limitations
The course is also offered to the students of the fields other than those the course is directly associated with.
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Course objectives
The course offers a survey of various aspects of medieval manuscript culture in various literary contexts. It offers an insight into the theory and practice of manuscript studies and shows the students how to understand medieval manuscript literary culture in its widest complexity. It focuses on the book production, transmission of selected texts and several specifics of medieval Latin literature of Bohemian provenance.
Learning outcomes
At the end of the course, students will be able to:
- understand the basics of the history of medieval Latin manuscripts;
- outline various approaches to issues connected to the history of selected Latin treatises;
- describe transmission of selected medieval Latin literary texts, with a special focus on medieval Bohemia.
  • Introduction to manuscripts and cultural history
  • Medieval Latin literature: miltestones and specifics
  • Materiality of medieval book: production, transmission; selected artefacts
  • Circulation of texts in manuscript culture: challenges and potential
  • Philological approaches: The Old and the New ones
  • Latin vs. vernacular literature
  • Transmission of selected texts in medieval Bohemia (exempla, Dalimil)
  • Medieval science in manuscript culture: Bohemia again
  • Second lives and afterlife of medieval manuscripts: new media, media archaeology, digital philology
    recommended literature
  • ROUSE, Mary A. and Richard H. ROUSE. Authentic witnesses : approaches to medieval texts and manuscripts. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame Press. viii, 518. ISBN 0268006229. 1991. info
  • REYNOLDS, L. D. and N. G. WILSON. Scribes and scholars : a guide to the transmission of Greek and Latin literature. 4th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ix, 325. ISBN 9780199686339. 2013. info
  • The medieval manuscript book : cultural approaches. Edited by Michael Johnston - Michael Van Dussen. First published. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. xii, 302. ISBN 9781107066199. 2015. info
  • The development of literate mentalities in East Central Europe. Edited by Anna Adamska - Marco Mostert. Turnhout: Brepols. viii, 546. ISBN 2503000000. 2004. info
  • Analysis of ancient and medieval texts and manuscripts : digital approaches. Edited by Tara Andrews - Caroline Macé. Turnhout: Brepols. 346 stran. ISBN 9782503552682. 2014. info
  • BURINGH, E. Medieval manuscript production in the Latin West : explorations with a global database. Leiden: Brill. xxiii, 569. ISBN 9789004175198. 2011. info
Teaching methods
Lecture, class discussion, presentation of a selected topic.
Assessment methods
Regular and active attendance; fulfillment of short continuous assignements. Written test at the end of the course combining open and multiple choice questions; minimum passing score is 65%.
Language of instruction
Further Comments
The course is taught once in two years.
The course is taught: every week.

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