Latent Adjacencies in Manuscript and Digital Technologies

Elain Treharne (Stanford)
Histories and Futures of the Book
Thursday, March 13, 2014 - 4:30pm
Yukon Pacific Room, UW Club

The lecture will examine medieval manuscripts as representative of the broader category of The Book. It will focus on how we might seek to exploit the fullest interpretative potential of the manuscript volume, both as an original textual artefact and in facsimile form. Building on research recent, I will show how the gaps and spaces within the book and in the midst of its textual components are as important as the words and images we tend to privilege in scholarship. The 'latent adjacencies' of the title are, particularly, the areas between letter-forms which yield significant information when built into the equation of meaning.