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EN5612 The Visual and the Verbal: Approachest to Medieval Art and Literature

[This course is not running in the current academic year]

This course provides students with an opportunity to explore the mutually illuminating relationship between art and literature in the medieval period. This is a literature rather than an art-historical course, using the procedures of literary study and the interpretation of texts. It will study the iconographic, patterned, subject-centred evidence of manuscript art (with reference to other visual arts as appropriate). Classes will centre on specific texts or themes, and students will be encouraged to seek out visual material around these, whether from museum collections, facsimiles, the Web or library collections. They will become familiar with the terminology of iconography and to some extent with the techniques and study of manuscript production. The course will foreground the problems of using one medium to comment on another and assess the value of reading literary texts alongside the material culture and visual context of the time.

Introductory reading:

The Book of Psalms

Brown,Michelle P., Understanding Illuminated Manuscripts (London: British Library, 1994).

Camille, Michael, Image on the Edge: the Margins of Medieval Art (London: Reaktion Books, 1992)

Camille, Michael, Gothic Art: Glorious Visions (New York: Abrams, 1996)

Karkov, Catherine E., Text and Picture in Anglo-Saxon England: Narrative Strategies in the Junius 11 Manuscript, Cambridge Studies in Anglo-Saxon England, 31 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2001)

de Hamel, C., Scribes and Illuminators (London: British Museum Press, 1992)

Students are also recommended to purchase and begin working with the CD Rom ‘Images of Salvation’ obtainable here.


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