Stanford Online Course on Medieval Manuscripts
Elaine Treharne, the Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, has launched an online course on medieval manuscripts. Titled Digging Deeper: Making Manuscripts, the course introduces the study of medieval texts in their various physical forms: namely, books, scrolls and diplomata. According to the course description, it aims to explain to the untrained eye “how to investigate manuscripts within repository settings and through online resources, what to look out for when confronted with manuscript images, and how to exploit all the information a manuscript offers.” The course not only navigates between our digital age and the medieval times, but, in the manner of more traditional history classes, also discusses the history of book production: “Where were manuscripts made and who made them? What kinds of materials were used and what can those materials tell us? What kinds of texts were created and copied during these centuries? How did multilingualism matter in the medieval period?” The course takes full advantage of Stanford’s digital archive, as well as that of Cambridge University, UK.
Watch the course promotional video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZqzWwMgFoyQ