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Following up on key themes in the new book "The Word in the Wilderness: Popular Piety and the Manuscript Arts in Early Pennsylvania," this podcast welcomes you into the world of manuscript production, popular piety, and spiritual culture in early German Pennsylvania and beyond.

Cloister Talk: The Pennsylvania German Material Texts Podcast Alexander Lawrence Ames

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Following up on key themes in the new book "The Word in the Wilderness: Popular Piety and the Manuscript Arts in Early Pennsylvania," this podcast welcomes you into the world of manuscript production, popular piety, and spiritual culture in early German Pennsylvania and beyond.

    "Eines Christen Reise": Origins of The Word in the Wilderness

    "Eines Christen Reise": Origins of The Word in the Wilderness

    In this final episode of the first season of Cloister Talk, learn about the research and writing process that led to the publication of The Word in the Wilderness: Popular Piety and the Manuscript Arts in Early Pennsylvania.

    • 11 min
    "The Root of Wisdom is to Fear the Lord": Wisdom Literature and Pennsylvania German Manuscript Culture

    "The Root of Wisdom is to Fear the Lord": Wisdom Literature and Pennsylvania German Manuscript Culture

    Old Testament wisdom literature looms large over the Pennsylvania German manuscript arts.  Learn about the historical significance of the wisdom literature as part of Pennsylvania German popular piety, and why the wisdom books provided such rich source material for scribes.

    • 10 min
    Manuscript Culture Beyond Pennsylvania: Traditions in Asia, the Islamic World, Early Modern Europe, Great Britain, and the Americas

    Manuscript Culture Beyond Pennsylvania: Traditions in Asia, the Islamic World, Early Modern Europe, Great Britain, and the Americas

    Think that the Pennsylvania Germans were alone in their embrace of calligraphy and manuscript illumination as part of their spiritual enterprise?  Think again.  In this episode, learn about other cultures and communities around the world that employed the manuscript arts as culturally-resonant components of their popular piety long after the so-called "Age of Print" was well underway.  

    • 12 min
    What is "Manuscript Culture"? Reframing Pennsylvania German Manuscript Studies as a Sub-field of Book History

    What is "Manuscript Culture"? Reframing Pennsylvania German Manuscript Studies as a Sub-field of Book History

    The study of Pennsylvania German illuminated manuscripts has long lacked a coherent theoretical and methodological foundation that situates the enterprise into wider scholarly conversations about religion, language, text, and culture.  This episode proposes new approaches to unlocking the meaning of Pennsylvania German manuscripts, grounded in recent advancements in study of the history of texts as material artifacts.  

    • 10 min
    Who Were the Pennsylvania Germans, and Why do They Matter?

    Who Were the Pennsylvania Germans, and Why do They Matter?

    Pennsylvania German religious, spiritual, and cultural traditions were extremely complex.  This episode offers a quick primer on many of the various German-speaking groups that resided in early Pennsylvania and explores their connection to the devotional manuscript arts.  

    • 18 min
    What is "Fraktur"? Type, Script, and Art

    What is "Fraktur"? Type, Script, and Art

    This episode explores the many meanings of the word "Fraktur" in its European and American contexts and considers how best to deploy the term when discussing the manuscript art of the Pennsylvania Germans.  

    • 15 min

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