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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 313: 14th-Century Collected Works and the Consequences for the Medieval Concept of Vernacular Authorship

Monday 4 July 2016, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Henri Pirenne Institute for Medieval Studies, Universiteit Gent
Organiser:Youri Desplenter, Vakgroep Nederlandse literatuur, Universiteit Gent
Moderator/Chair:Youri Desplenter, Vakgroep Nederlandse literatuur, Universiteit Gent
Paper 313-aMaking Authors: The Cases of Eckhart, Tauler, and Seuse
(Language: English)
Freimut Löser, Meister-Eckhart-Gesellschaft / Abteilung Deutsche Sprache und Literatur des Mittelalters, Universität Augsburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - German, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 313-bThe Community of Groenendaal and the Collecting of Authorial Oeuvres: Ruusbroec and Van Leeuwen
(Language: English)
Eva Vandemeulebroucke, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 313-cEvaluating Christine de Pizan's Audience through the Queen's Manuscript (London, British Library, MS Harley 4431)
(Language: English)
Charlotte Cooper, Faculty of Medieval & Modern Languages, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Over the course of the 13th and 14th centuries, various features that identify and privilege the author appeared in vernacular manuscripts from several Western-European literary traditions and genres. The interest in the author was at its highest point when an entire manuscript was assigned to them, and not just when the authorial name determined a section of the codex. This 'opera omnia phenomenon', the 'publication' of the complete oeuvre of a specific author, is not therefore to be situated after the emergence of the printing press, as has been generally assumed, but around the turn of the 14th century. In this session, we wish to discuss this phenomenon and its consequences for the concepts of authorship and authority, by examining cases from French, German, and Dutch traditions: the opera omnia of Christine de Pizan, Heinrich Seuse, Johannes Tauler, Jan van Ruusbroec, and Jan van Leeuwen will be central.