The Milky Way of Manuscripts: Folio Reading in the Kazinczy Bequest Cover Image

A kéziratok Tejútrendszere – foliális olvasás a Kazinczy-hagyatékban
The Milky Way of Manuscripts: Folio Reading in the Kazinczy Bequest

Author(s): Mariann Czifra
Subject(s): History
Published by: KORALL Társadalomtörténeti Egyesület

Summary/Abstract: The study summarises the conclusions of researching the Kazinczy Bequest. First, documents are categorised according to their structure, order and their editors’ approach. Four categories have been established. (1) In Type 1 manuscripts the authorial editing principle is not (or only fragmentarily) possible to reconstruct. (2) Type 2 manuscripts are documents which the author organised and prepared for publication, private use or for posterity. These should always be read in manuscript form. (3) Type 3 documents include manuscripts that reflect the earlier condition of the bequest, but are not autographs. (4) Type 4 documents are manuscripts which contain Kazinczy writings organised by contemporary editors, but not the author himself. This kind of categorisation of the bequest reveals not only that writings organised by the author himself were more likely to be published in print later, but also that the characteristics of the manuscripts influence the text editions and the canonisation of the texts and, ultimately, the scholarship of literary history. Following this, the study presents a case study to illustrate an approach that takes into consideration the unique characteristics of manuscripts, such as their differences from books and their power of expression and influence on the literary canon. The author terms this approach as ‚folio reading’ in this study.

  • Issue Year: 2011
  • Issue No: 43
  • Page Range: 42-65
  • Page Count: 24
  • Language: Hungarian