Manuscript thinking: Stories by hand

Author(s): Catherine Brown


Abstract This essay suggests that permitting ourselves to be implicated in the
‘flex-point’ of manuscript space-time has much to teach. And not least of the teaching
is the importance of allowing ourselves to be wounded by the aspects of our primary
materials that seem at first blush to be non-meaningful, non-intellectual, nonverifiable.
This approach to manuscripts might be termed ‘empathic codicology’ –
a feeling-into the study of the codex. Why not call this manuscript thinking: writing
thought by hand, thinking by written hand?

Publication Information:

Name of Periodical: Postmedieval: A Journal of Medieval Cultural Studies

Volume Number: 2

Year of Publication: 2011

Page Numbers: 350–368