IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 718: Issues of Power and Authority in Latin and Greek Writers of the Mezzogiorno: Comparatist Approaches

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Salzburger Mittelalterstudien, University of Salzburg and The Medieval Studies Program, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Organiser:Maria Elisabeth Dorninger, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Salzburg
Moderator/Chair:Carole E. Newlands, Department of Classics, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Paper 718-aA Monastic Chronicler in 12th-century Abruzzi: John Berard of S. Clemente di Casauria
(Language: English)
Graham A. Loud, School of History, University of Leeds
Paper 718-bThe Power of the Word in Riccardo da Venosa
(Language: English)
Maria Elisabeth Dorninger, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 718-cBarlaam of Calabria and the Debates on Aristotle: Questioning Authority and Questioning Logic
(Language: English)
Christopher Livanos, Department of Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Index terms: Language and Literature - Greek, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Philosophy, Religious Life

Power and authority are categories that can without doubt be applied to certain texts and texttraditions (genre). To what extent can medieval texts be influenced and formed by literary authorities, either antique or modern, and what is really original about them, will be demonstrated in the three papers that focus on Latin and Greek writers. The first two papers deal with the comedia elegiaca De Paulino et Polla by Riccardo da Venosa, a play dedicated to emperor Fredrick II. The third paper will throw light on the influence of ancient Greek literature (Aristoteles) on the Mezzogiorno.