13th Annual Marco Manuscript Workshop

Scientific meeting

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Begins on: Friday 2 February 2018.
Ends on: Saturday 3 February 2018.
Location: Knoxville
Related institutions: University of Tennessee
The thirteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday and Saturday, February 2-3, 2018, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. The presenters are: Scott Bruce (U Colorado Boulder/Fordham) Andrew Dunning (University of Toronto) Martin Foys (U of Wisconsin) Georgia Henley (Stanford) Leslie Lockett (OSU) Julia Marvin (Notre Dame) Patrick Naeve (Cornell) Sarah Sprouse (Texas Tech) This year’s workshop explores the idea of “Transmission.” Few texts are preserved in their author’s own hand; most surviving manuscripts are copies of copies, each hand-made, and each differing to a greater or lesser degree, by design or accident, from the copy before it. The more successful or important or popular a work, the more copies were produced, and the more difference and variation exists among the surviving copies; but even a work that survives in only one copy may represent the end of a series, potentially a long one, of moments of textual reproduction. Texts may travel in groups or be tucked into solitary margins; they may gather in closely-knit families or diverge in significant and sometimes strange ways. Whatever hidden chances may have led to their survival, every manuscript has a story to tell about its origins, its readers, and its place as a link in the chain of transmission. How do we reconstruct these stories? Do the traditional tools of textual criticism reflect the reality of textual transmissions? What can a text tell us about its own history?
Related keywords: book history, book owner, cultural history, diffusion, history of ideas, literature, manuscript culture, print culture, reader, textual criticism, theory of reception