Session 1: Keynote Lecture 2019: Text or Book?: A Material Approach to the Medieval Passover Haggadah (Language: English) / Things that Sing: Song-Object Relations in European Court Culture, 1160-1360 (Language: English)
Monday 1 July 2019, 09.00-10.30
|Introduction:||Anne E. Lester, Department of History, University of Colorado, Boulder|
|Speakers:||Emma Dillon, Department of Music / Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Bristol|
Katrin Kogman-Appel, Institut für Jüdische Studien, Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität Münster / Department of History of Art, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer-Sheva
Abstract ‘Text or Book?: A Material Approach to the Medieval Passover Haggadah’:
In the first part of my talk I will show that during the late Middle Ages and the early modern period the individually bound haggadah was, in fact, the exception. Once we understand whether the individually bound haggadah constituted a norm or not, the main part of my talk will focus on the question of how and why it came about, especially in its illustrated form, and who used it and how? What I hope to show is that even though the text is the same, and even though its basic liturgical function remains the same, as an object the individual haggadah functioned differently from those that came as part of the general prayer book. My thoughts about these questions approach the medieval haggadah as an object, a material artifact that is aimed at guiding the seder leader and his family through the various performative parts of the ritual.
Abstract ‘Things that Sing: Song-Object Relations in European Court Culture, 1160-1360’:
Drawing on approaches from musicology, sound studies, and art history, my paper begins with methodological reflection, and maps some models for engaging with song-object relationships in medieval culture. It then examines some configurations of song-object relationships in the world of the first trouvères via four courtly objects: an ivory casket, a chansonnier, a lyric-interpolated romance, and the song A vous, amant, plus qu’a nulle autre gent, attributed to the trouvère, Gui, Châtelain de Coucy (d. 1203). By tracing ways in which these items interact and speak (or sing) across generic and disciplinary categories, I hope in turn to invite further cross-disciplinary consideration of how song history might inform the understanding of objects and vice versa.
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