IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 814: Pleasure by Learning and in the Law

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Patrizia Carmassi, Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Moderator/Chair:Dörthe Führer, Mittellateinisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Paper 814-aPleasure by Learning: A Selection of Ovid’s Manuscripts in the Collection of Marquard Gude († 1689)
(Language: English)
Patrizia Carmassi, Zentrum für Mittelalter- und Frühneuzeitforschung, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 814-b'Et subridet &c': Humour amongst Medieval Common Lawyers
(Language: English)
Gwen Seabourne, School of Law, University of Bristol
Index terms: Gender Studies, Law, Social History
Paper 814-cThe Pleasure of Sight and Sound: Old High German Versions of the Canticles
(Language: English)
Ursula Kundert, Germanistisches Seminar, Christian-Albrechts-Universität, Kiel
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - German
Abstract

The session aims to illustrate how the topic of ‘pleasure’ could have been expressed and experienced in school sources and learning practices of the Middle Ages. The world of grammar and learning is often represented during the Middle Ages with images of fear or punishment, is referred to in terms of hardness of rules, obscurity, difficulty, and discipline for the acquisition of new contents, especially the Latin language. Nevertheless, aspects of delight, self-confidence, or play can be retraced also in the world of learning and its written sources. Furthermore, it is worth investigating how the classic Latin authors used in the curriculum studiorum were taught and transmitted to pupils (e.g. through marginal glosses) when the main text dealt with physical love or pleasure.