Rediscovery and Canonization
The Roman Classics in the Middle Ages
Deadline August 15, 2016
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Partly building on Carolingian foundations, the major Roman classical authors were truly rediscovered and canonized for posterity in the eleventh and twelfth centuries. The study of this extraordinary phenomenon – Christian schools making pagan authors central without much apparent need for them – continues to fascinate.
The monumental basic study of this rediscovery, Birger Munk Olsen’s L‘Étude des auteurs classiques (4 vols in 6 parts, 1982-2014) has now been completed (except for a vol. 5 with addenda and corrigenda) and provides the firm reference point for all future study within the field.
Issue No. 3 of Interfaces will be headed by a paper by Birger Munk Olsen, “Comment peut-on déterminer la popularité d’un texte au Moyen Âge?” and the bulk of the issue will be taken up by papers given at a conference at the Centre for Medieval Literature in Odense in 2015 (with Rita Copeland, Jean-Yves Tilliette, Monika Otter, Julia Crick, Francine Mora, Marek Kretschmer, Michele Campopiano, Jaakko Tahkokallio, Venetia Bridges, Mia Münster-Swendsen, Margareta Fredborg, Wim Verbaal, and Irene Salvo García).
We welcome further contributions on the theme of rediscovery and canonization of the Roman classics – theoretical, institutional, book-historical, philological, literary, and historical.
Papers can either focus on the early period covered by Munk Olsen (11th-12th centuries) and the initial dynamic that introduced the Roman classics into the wider curriculum or, alternatively, on some aspect of engaging with the classics in the 13th and 14th centuries. It is also possible to focus on translations of Latin classics, e.g. into Greek. We are looking forward to an issue which include studies both on Latin literature and learning and on texts in other languages – which can frame the discussion ahead in terms that step beyond the traditional boundaries established by the concepts of Renaissance(s) and Humanism.
Interfaces invites papers in English, French, German, Italian, or Spanish.