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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1231: Entangled Minds?: Medieval Networks of Imaginations and Associations

Wednesday 5 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chairs:Michele Campopiano, Department of English & Related Literature, University of York
Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Paper 1231-aFun with a Purpose?: Some Medieval Ashkenazi Manuscripts Suggest that the Rabbis Liked to Play
(Language: English)
Bettina Burghardt, Hochschule für Jüdische Studien Heidelberg
Index terms: Daily Life, Hebrew and Jewish Studies, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1231-bRamon Llull's Combinatorial Entanglement of Images and Intellections and the Poietic Requirement
(Language: English)
Sergi Castella-Martinez, Centre d'Estudis en Estètica, Religió i Cultura Contemporània, Universitat Pompeu Fabra, Barcelona
Index terms: Philosophy, Theology
Paper 1231-cWoven Networks of Metaphor: Intersections of Word-Weaving in Irish, English, and Carolingian Communities
(Language: English)
Maren Clegg Hyer, Department of English, Valdosta State University, Georgia
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)

Paper -a:
A newly edited vocabulary from the 13th century that belongs to a group of glossaries and vocabularies, the so-called sifre pitronot, raises the question of why a list of Hebrew homonyms, together with their translations into Old French (written in Hebrew script), was important to scholars. They were of course of arcane linguistic or exegetic interest, but could they also have been used to play games? The same possibility arises in connection with masora figurata, micrographic depictions in a group of Ashkenazi bible manuscripts. Did the Rabbis play games on Shabbat - for fun and also in order to educate their children?

Paper -b:
Ramon Llull developed a combinatorial system of thought, an Ars inveniendi veritatem, consisting in the intertwinement of absolute principles, namely divine attributes, with logical categories, questions, subjects, virtues, and vices. Devised as a contemplative and evangelical Ars, Llull stressed the importance of 1) learning how to produce questions and answers in accordance to its rules and principles, and of 2) imaginatively translating the process and product of the Ars into examples and metaphors accessible to the broadest audience. I will address Llull's methodological concerns and their conceptual premises to argue that the philosopher requires an active, poetic involvement with the Ars so that it mirrors divine ceaseless activity and fulfills its contemplative goal.

Paper -c:
Word-weaving is a metaphor found within a wide range of classical and medieval cultures in Europe. It is certain that classical Latin instances influenced later traditions. But as Joyce Hill has often said, intertextual traditions within the Middle Ages can take on lives of their own. Through lexicography, literary metaphor, and some historical sleuthing, this study highlights clusters of metaphors for word-weaving in medieval Latin that show Irish, English, and Carolingian poets interacting in literary communities, illuminating a poetic network more interconnected than divided.