Accipe et Devora: Conference of the Early Book Society (Exeter, 9-12 July)

‘Accipe et Devora’: Packaging, Presentation and Consumption of Manuscripts and Printed Books, 1350-1550

The Eleventh Biennial Early Book Society conference, hosted by Emma Cayley, Department of French, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Exeter, will be held at Reed Hall, University of Exeter from July 9 to July 12, 2009, with a choice of optional trips to Tintagel or Glastonbury scheduled for July 13. Please consult the EBS website for further information about booking these optional trips.

Plenary Speakers:

Prof. Linne Mooney, University of York, UK

Dr Yolanda Plumley, University of Exeter, UK

Prof. Barbara Shailor, Yale University, US

Prof. Toshiyuki Takamiya, Keio University, Japan

Papers consider aspects of the history of manuscripts and printed books from 1350-1550, including the copying and circulation of models and exemplars, style, illustration, and/or the influence of readers and patrons, artists, scribes, printers. Our particular focus is the ‘packaging’ of medieval manuscripts and early printed books, that is, the separate tasks of putting late medieval and early modern texts together (writing, abstracting, editing, correcting, illustrating, printing, and/or binding) or the repackaging of older texts for contemporary audiences. The term ‘consumption’ is frequently used in the context of luxury manuscripts or printed books produced for wealthy owners and may be read metaphorically to apply to a range of texts or to one text (though there may also be papers on literal consumption, bibliophagia, or consumption by time, worms, fire, censors).

Other papers address the transition from script to print, bibliographic issues, and the movement between French and English texts (or vice versa) and audiences. A section for ten minute papers describing recent discoveries, bibliographic notes or manuscript and rare book collections is also scheduled.

The conference is open to all EBS members. Details of how to join can be found on the EBS website . Full programme and registration details are available on the conference website.

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