Graphic devices and the early decorated book

Kommunikasjon ved hjelp av ikoner, grafer, symboler og diagrammer er ikke et fenomen som er særegent for vår digitaliserte tid. 

Fargefoto av bokforside

Framsidefoto: Boydell & Brewer

I denne utgivelsen, der professor ved IAKH, Ildar Garipzanov, medvirker som redaktør og forfatter, undersøkes grafikkens roller i skrifter fra middelalderen i et tverrfaglig perspektiv. Ved å studere de ulike formene de mange grafiske elementene dukket opp i i middelalderens skriftkultur, har forskerne avdekket at manuskriptdekoren og andre grafiske elementer spilte en vesentlig og avgjørende kommunikativ rolle. Boken er gitt ut på forlaget Boydell og Brewer.

Fra forlagets beskrivelse: 

In our electronic age, we are accustomed to the use of icons, symbols, graphs, charts, diagrams and visualisations as part of the vocabulary of communication. But this rich ecosystem is far from a modern phenomenon. Early medieval manuscripts demonstrate that their makers and readers achieved very sophisticated levels of "graphicacy". When considered from this perspective, many elements familiar to students of manuscript decoration - embellished characters in scripts, decorated initials, monograms, graphic symbols, assembly marks, diagrammatic structures, frames, symbolic ornaments, musical notation - are revealed to be not minor, incidental marks but crucial elements within the larger sign systems of manuscripts.


This interdisciplinary volume is the first to discuss the conflation of text and image with a specific focus on the appearance of various graphic devices in manuscript culture. By looking at their many forms as they appear from the fourth century to their full maturity in the long ninth century, its contributors demonstrate the importance of these symbols to understanding medieval culture. 

Publisert 1. okt. 2017 16:15 - Sist endret 24. jan. 2018 13:50