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Erlangen: Thüring von Ringoltingen’s Melusine (Read 2516 times)

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Erlangen: Thüring von Ringoltingen’s Melusine
24.01.2008 at 11:48:36
I received the following announcement from Ursula Rautenberg via INCUNABULA-L (date of message: 2008-01-23, 19:30:03 +0100):
Thüring von Ringoltingen’s Melusine in German Printed Editions from
1473/74 to the 19th Century: Book, Text, and Image

On 1 December 2007, a new interdisciplinary project financed by the
German Research Foundation (Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft) began its
work. At the center of the pro-ject’s focus is Thüring von
Ringoltingen’s Melusine in its printed form as late medieval and early
modern printers and book dealers planned, published, and marketed it and
as the buyer and reader physically held, read, and adapted it. The
project is being conducted at the University of Erlangen-Nuremberg under
the direction of Prof. Dr. Ursula Rautenberg (Publishing and Book
History), Prof. Dr. Mechthild Habermann (Linguistics), and Prof. Dr.
Heidrun Stein Kecks (Art History). We were also able to win the support
of Dr. Hans-Jörg Künast (Book Studies), an expert on the history of the
book trade in the early modern period, as the central project coordinator.
The basis of the project is the identification, description, and
analysis of print editions from the first edition by the Basle
printer-publisher Berhard Richel around 1473/74 until the end of the
“Volksbuch” editions in the first decades of the nineteenth century. The
objective of the research project is to analyze dialectical, stylistic,
and rhetorical attributes; types and functions of images and picture
cycles in the book and on the title page and their iconogra-phy; and the
role of the various artists and other image producers in the book
production process as well as the role of layout and typography, in the
context of the entire materiality of the physical book. We aim to survey
the interaction between book production, book form, text form, reading
and reader over a period of four centuries.
The project is explicitly interdisciplinary in its conceptualization.
The disciplines of book history and synchronic study of the book (book
design, the book trade, audiences, and markets), the history of reading
(layout, modes of reading, reading practices), historical linguistics
(language evolution from the fifteenth through nineteenth centuries,
text organi-zation, printer languages) and art history (history of media
and images, text-image relation-ships, picture reading, transfer
processes) each contribute their own specific questions and research
Editions of Melusine are often extant in only a single exemplar and,
especially in the case of the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries,
can only be located with difficulty. For this reason, references to
copies and editions which cannot be found in GW, VD16, VD17 or other
bibliographic resources would be most welcome.

Dr. Hans-Jörg Künast
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen-Nürnberg
Harfenstraße 16
91054 Erlangen
Tel.: +49 (0)9131 /85-22917

Prof. Dr. Ursula Rautenberg
Friedrich-Alexander-Universität Erlangen

Harfenstraße 16
91054 Erlangen

Tel +49 (0)9131/85-23195
Tel +49 (0)9131/85-24700 (Sekretariat)
Fax +49 (0)9131/29029

E-Mail: ursula.rautenberg@buchwiss.uni-erlangen.de
Homepage: http://www.buchwiss.uni-erlangen.de

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