Workshop: Lists in Premodern Literature: Exploring the Practices of Enumeration
Date: Tuesday, 27 March 2018, 10 am – 12:00 noon
Location: Room 310, Lillian Massey Building
Have you come across any lists or enumerations in your texts recently and wondered how to come to terms with these passages?
Premodern texts of all genres abound with lists: epic catalogues,genealogies, lists of people, animals, places, and things, inventories, rolls, litanies, indices, and many more. The premodern ubiquity of lists has been discarded as a “typically medieval impulse” (Muscatine) and has received surprisingly little attention by scholars. Lists and enumerations often leave us with a feeling of discomfort as modern aesthetics has shifted away from the appreciation of enumerative forms. What happens, though, if we take the form of the list seriously and approach it as a device in its own right that affords a wide range of functions?
Eva von Contzen: Introduction: Enumerating the World
Jill Caskey: Person, Place, Thing
Laura Moncion: Lists of the Dead: the Durham Liber Vitae and Monastic Necrologies
Suzanne Conklin Akbari: Lists in Medieval Tomb Ekphrases
Evina Steinova: Synonyma Ciceronis
Markus Stock: The Love Bestiary by Burkhart von Hohenfels (KLD 6,2)
Come and join us for the discussion in Room 310, Lillian Massey Building, 125 Queen’s Park!