Thursday, 21 June 2012 - Saturday, 23 June 2012.
The British Academy, 10-11 Carlton House Terrace, London SW1Y 5AH.
The conference will bring a new and multi-disciplinary focus to the late medieval miscellany, a little-investigated and poorly understood type of manuscript. Typically such manuscripts present a range of contents in prose and verse (literary, historical, devotional, medical, and practical texts) in the various languages of later medieval Britain (Middle English, Anglo-Norman, Middle Welsh, Middle Scots). The discussion will address four main inter-related concerns: how to achieve a definition for the miscellany which distinguishes it from other mixed-content manuscripts (anthologies, collections, composite volumes); how make manuscript miscellanies and their textual contents accessible to modern readers, including scholars, students, archivists, and general readers; how to develop a coherent scholarly methodology for dealing with volumes whose contents are intrinsically multidisciplinary and interdisciplinary; how to understand and represent the complex relationships between manuscript miscellanies.