Work, Version, Text and Scriptum: High Medieval Manuscript Terminology in the Aftermath of the New Philology

Tjamke Snijders
2013 Digital Philology  
High Medieval Manuscript Terminology in the Aftermath of the New Philology 4 This article reviews the terminological framework used to describe manuscripts. The Lachmannian terminology allows scholars to classify manuscripts as versions or variants of a work on a purely textual basis, but lacks a rigid designator to indicate a (part of a) manuscript as a unit of text and material considerations. Conversely, scholars who adopt Dagenais's solution to renounce the work and concentrate on the
more » ... ntrate on the material scriptum gain a rigid designator, but threaten to lose the ability to classify manuscripts at all. Proceeding from a case study, the article argues that the twelfth-century view of a work's ontological status enables medievalists to keep classifying their scripta on both textual and material grounds. It explores the possibility of using Dagenais's scriptum as the foundation for a Neo-Lachmannian terminological framework that allows scholars to study manuscript variance and materiality without losing the ability to classify them. Digital Philology 2.2 (Fall): 266-296
doi:10.1353/dph.2013.0013 fatcat:ekzc45dpwbfi3h6znjozpev6ge