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Faithful Transmission or Creative Change: Tracing Modes of Manuscript Production from the Material Evidence


Richter, M (2009). Faithful Transmission or Creative Change: Tracing Modes of Manuscript Production from the Material Evidence. Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques, 63(4):889-908.

Abstract

The genius loci of a manuscript largely consists in the particular production standards according to which meaning was encoded in the materiality of manuscripts and carried over time. These standards varied between small regions and over relatively short periods of time. A manuscript reflects not only the standards of the time and place of its own production but potentially also the standards according to which prior models were produced and from which the manuscript in question was copied. To understand who and what determined the material features of a particular manuscript it is necessary to enquire into the actual mode of its production and into the degree of competence and independence on the part of the scribe or his reliance on a copied model.

Abstract

The genius loci of a manuscript largely consists in the particular production standards according to which meaning was encoded in the materiality of manuscripts and carried over time. These standards varied between small regions and over relatively short periods of time. A manuscript reflects not only the standards of the time and place of its own production but potentially also the standards according to which prior models were produced and from which the manuscript in question was copied. To understand who and what determined the material features of a particular manuscript it is necessary to enquire into the actual mode of its production and into the degree of competence and independence on the part of the scribe or his reliance on a copied model.

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Item Type:Journal Article, refereed, original work
Communities & Collections:Journals > Asiatische Studien / Études Asiatiques > Archive > 63 (2009) > 4
Dewey Decimal Classification:950 History of Asia
Language:English
Date:2009
Deposited On:20 Feb 2010 14:19
Last Modified:05 Apr 2016 13:59
Publisher:Schweizerische Asiengesellschaft / Verlag Peter Lang
ISSN:0004-4717
Related URLs:http://www.sagw.ch/de/asiengesellschaft/publikationen/Asiatische-Studien.html (Publisher)
http://www.peterlang.com/index.cfm?vID=86850&vLang=D&vHR=1&vUR=4&vUUR=11 (Publisher)

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