Poetic paratexts in medieval Greek manuscripts: enactment and reflection of Byzantine textual culture

01 October 2012 → 30 September 2015
Regional and community funding: Special Research Fund, Research Foundation - Flanders (FWO)
Research disciplines
  • Humanities
    • Historical theory and methodology
    • Language studies
    • Literary studies
textual culture reading practices Byzantium paratext
Project description

This research project constitutes of an analysis of metrical paratexts in Byzantine manuscripts, intending to acquire a deeper understanding of medieval book culture. This implies an investigation of how these texts (colophons, dedications, notitions) express the interests of textual communities, and how they justify patronage. A central issue is the way in which these texts regulate reading practices, both on a pragmatical and on a moral and ideological level.