IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1132: Textual Borders: Applying Textual Criticism to the Variance of Medieval Literary Works

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Matteo Salaroli, Dipartimento di Studi Letterari, Filologici e Linguistici, Università degli Studi di Milano
Moderator/Chair:Irene Malfatto, John Carter Brown Library, Rhode Island
Paper 1132-aOn the Border between the Regula pastoralis and the Epistola synodica: Gregory the Great's Textual Workshop
(Language: English)
Federica Perotti, Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia Università di Trento
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1132-bMatters of Textual Ontology: Notker's Gesta Karoli and the Line between Direct and Indirect Tradition
(Language: English)
Matteo Salaroli, Dipartimento di Studi Letterari, Filologici e Linguistici, Università degli Studi di Milano
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1132-cCultural Variants in King Horn
(Language: English)
Pierandrea Gottardi, Dipartimento di Lettere e Filosofia Università di Trento
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Mentalities
Abstract

In the Middle Ages the concept of authorship varied considerably in comparison to modern standards; an author could reshape his / her own work several times and release it with several changes, thus creating various versions of the same text. Moreover, the process of copying could be characterised not only by mechanical errors, but also by voluntary innovations: copyists and subsequent readers might decide to intervene on the text as well, to such an extent that their alterations would sometimes make it hardly recognisable. Through the analysis of some specific cases, this session explores the issues related to such instability, focusing on the application of textual criticism to blurring textual boundaries.