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Italian Palaeography

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Much archival research in Renaissance Studies depends on manuscripts and early printed books. Such objects, however, can be intimidating to navigate. This course aims to provide postgraduate students with the tools necessary to approach the reading and accurate transcription of manuscript and printed sources (in Italian) from the late medieval period to the seventeenth century. It will help prepare students for archival and library research.

Although the course will inevitably include references to book history and production as a context, the focus will be on deciphering and transcribing various kinds of hands (or, in the case of print, fonts). A solid grasp of Italian (at least intermediate level) is required. The course will largely rely on homework transcription exercises, to be discussed in class along with other texts. The module will culminate in an informal test.

Module convenor: Dr David Lines, Reader in Italian Studies.