Congratulations to our recent PhD graduates!

Congratulations to our PhD students who recently defended their theses:

Annika Ekman: “Anselm of Laon, the Glossa Ordinaria, and the Tangled Web of Twelfth-Century Psalms-Exegesis”.

This thesis studies the textual relationships between a group of related early scholastic commentaries on the Psalms. At the centre of the discussion stands the commentary which is often said to epitomize the developments in teaching which emerged within the cathedral schools in the twelfth century, namely the so-called Glossa ordinaria on the Bible, and its association with Anselm of Laon, one of the most celebrated theologians of the period. Despite its central place in twelfth-century intellectual culture, relatively little has been able to be conclusively established regarding the origins of the Gloss. Likewise, the authorship of many of the early scholastic Psalms-commentaries related in some way to the Gloss remains uncertain. A great many suggestions have been put forward by modern scholars, but rather than looking only at one or two of the attributions, this thesis broadens the scope of the question and takes a comprehensive view of a larger group of these commentaries, showing that this is necessary if we want to be able to say anything conclusive about their authorship.

The first chapter examines the latest scholarship on the Gloss on some other books of the Bible, showing how this bears on the question of Anselm’s authorship of the Gloss on the Psalms. The second chapter analyses the relationship of the Gloss on the Psalms to its two closest relatives and attempts to settle conclusively the question of the direction of influence. The third chapter examines the evidence and arguments for the attribution of one of the other Psalms-commentaries to Anselm, arguing, on the basis of the expanded scope of the examination, against the attribution. It also begins to examine the relationships that exist within the larger group, and introduces a new hypothesis for the place of the Gloss in the family tree and for Anselm’s involvement its creation. The fourth chapter analyses the relationships of the group as a whole, demonstrating how they are all related to one another but that none can be the sole source of the rest of the group, and arguing further for the hypotheses introduced in Chapter Three.

Kirsten Schut: “A Dominican Master of Theology in Context: John of Naples and Intellectual Life Beyond Paris, ca. 1300-1350”.

This dissertation provides the first comprehensive biography of the Dominican scholar John of Naples (Giovanni Regina di Napoli), who flourished during the first half of the fourteenth century. John studied and taught at the Dominican schools in Naples and Bologna, and at the University of Paris, where he was made a master of theology in 1315. He spent most of the rest of his life in Naples, where he was closely associated with the Angevin court. Chapter 1 surveys John’s life and works, setting his career in its Neapolitan context. Chapters 2-4 deal with different aspects of his teaching. Chapter 2 contrasts his contributions to debates about the nature of theology at Paris with the way he introduced this subject to his Dominican students in Naples. Chapter 3 examines the role of medicine in his theological teaching, where it served as a tool for interpreting core texts as well as a source of material for preaching. Chapter 4 analyzes the symbiotic relationship between his quodlibets and the literature of pastoral care. Chapter 5 looks at John as a Dominican friar and preacher, turning to his sermon collection as a source of information about Dominican life in southern Italy, and Chapter 6 investigates his relationship with the Angevin rulers of Naples and the role of politics and political theory in his works. Appendices to chapters 2-6 provide transcriptions of unpublished quodlibetal questions, sermons, and other texts used as the basis for this study. Two additional appendices provide descriptions of the main manuscripts and discuss the dating and placing of John’s works. This study considers John from a variety of angles – teacher, preacher, friar, courtier, Neapolitan – and suggests that these overlapping identities cannot be productively separated from one another. It highlights the vibrancy of intellectual life in early-fourteenth-century Naples, and the strong cultural ties between Naples, Paris, and Avignon, as well as other regions such as the Kingdom of Hungary. Furthermore, it illustrates how mendicant convents could help to disseminate theological teachings from the University of Paris to the provinces, while also serving as sites of innovation in their own right.

International Seminar on Critical Approaches to Dante – 4 May 2019

ISCAD4-137-DSA-SymposiumYou may consult the conference’s website here.

 

Program

Saturday, May 4

8:30am – 9:00am Continental breakfast

9:00am – 10:00am 137th Annual Meeting of the Dante Society of America (open to DSA members only)

  • Albert R. Ascoli (University of California, Berkeley), President, Dante Society of America

10:00am – 10:30am Greetings and Welcome

  • S. Bancheri (University of Toronto)
  • A. Ruggera (Istituto Italiano di Cultura)
  • E. Brilli (University of Toronto)

10:30am – 11:30am Keynote Lecture on Plurilingualism

  • Manuele Gragnolati (Paris IV – La Sorbonne), Dante’s Plurilngualism and the Complexity of Literature
  • Introduced by Suzanne Akbari (University of Toronto)

11:30am – 12:00am Coffee Break

12:00am – 1:30pm Roundtable on Plurilingualism

  • Chair: William Robins (University of Toronto)
  • Ambrogio Camozzi Pistoja (Harvard University), Plurilingualism and Readership
  • Gary Cestaro (DePaul University), Plurilingualism and Gender, Body and lingua materna
  • Francesca Southerden (Oxford University), Plurilingualism and Particularity

1:30pm – 2:30pm Buffet Lunch

2:30pm – 3:30pm Keynote Lecture 

  • Marcello Ciccuto (Università di Pisa & Società Dantesca Italiana), Giotto, Dante, Francesco da Barberino: alle fonti del ‘visibile parlare’
  • Introduced by Albert R. Ascoli (University of California, Berkeley)

3:30pm – 4:00pm Coffee Break

4:00pm – 6:00pm Roundtable on Visibile Parlare

  • Chair: Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto)
  • Suzanne Akbari (University of Toronto), Visibile Parlare and Ekphrasis
  • Aida Audeh (Hamline University), Visibile Parlare and Visual Arts
  • Luca Fiorentini (Accademia dei Lincei), Visibile Parlare and the Secolare commento
  • Eloisa Morra (University of Toronto), Visibile Parlare and Twentieth Century Italian Visual Culture
  • Arielle Saiber (Bowdoin College), Visibile Parlare and the Invisible

6:00pm Conclusions

 

Practicalities

Please refer to the ISCAD website for information on travel, lodging, parking, and meeting venues.

Contacts and Credits

Symposium convener

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ISCAD committee

  • Elisa Brilli, University of Toronto
  • William Robins, University of Toronto
  • Justin Steinberg, University of Chicago

ISCAD research assistants

  • Kelsey Cunningham, University of Toronto
  • Sara Galli, University of Toronto

Credits

This is a joint event organized by the Dante Society of America and the International Seminar on Critical Approaches to Dante (ISCAD), which has been based at the University of Toronto since 2015 and supported by a wide network both within and outside this institution:

Congratulations to Bogdan Smarandache for his recent publication!

Congratulations to Bogdan Smarandache, a doctoral candidate at CMS, for his publication of Conceptualizing Frankish-Muslim Partition Truces in the Coastal Plain and Greater Syria, vol. 16 of the Ulrich Haarmann Memorial Lecture (Berlin: EB-Verlag, 2019).

“This paper is an attempt to clarify the development, function, and conceptualization of shared‐revenue arrangements between Franks and Muslims in the Coastal Plain (al-Sāḥil) and Greater Syria (Bilād al-Shām) in the medieval period. I first catalogue truces that established partitions while assessing their defining characteristics. I then analyze how Frankish and Muslim conceptualizations of property and territory may have informed two slightly different notions of partitioning. Based on an analysis of these conceptualizations of ownership and territory, I argue that the only basis for partition truces in the Frankish‐Muslim context was a division of revenue that resembled tributary status.”

For more information, you may consult the publisher’s webpage here.IMG_9179

Toronto Old English Colloquium – 29 April 2019

The Toronto Old English Colloquium Organizers are pleased to be welcoming an exciting group of speakers for this year’s Toronto Old English Colloquium, which will be taking place on April 29th 2019 from 9:30am to 5:30pm in Room 310 at the Centre for Medieval Studies. Please see the attached poster for the schedule, which includes two stimulating plenaries presented by Professor Stacy S Klein and Professor M.J. Toswell. We look forward to see you there!

 

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Informal memorial gathering to celebrate George Rigg’s life – 25 April 2019

An invitation from David Townsend, Chair of the Latin Committee and Professor Emeritus in Medieval Studies and English:

The Centre for Medieval Studies will host an informal memorial gathering to celebrate George Rigg’s life, accomplishments, and inestimable contributions to CMS, at 3 p.m. on Thursday, April 25 in the Great Hall. There will be ample opportunity to share reminiscences of George. As George himself might well have wanted, we’ll close with a cup of tea and a nice biscuit at 4. As George himself would surely have been glad, the gathering will take place between Rounds Two and Three of the Latin Scrabble tournament that day.

Vagantes Conference on Medieval Studies – 20-23 March 2019

Established in 2002, Vagantes is North America’s largest and most successful Medieval Studies conference for graduate students of medieval studies. Much like the clergy students and minstrels of the Middle Ages who adopted nomadic lifestyles, this conference adopts their wandering spirit by being hosted by a different unviersity each year. The event is organized entirely by graduate students and seeks to provide junior scholars from all disciplines the opportunity to discuss their reserach on any aspect of Medieval Studies.

In keeping with its ission, Vagantes never charges a registration fee, but you can register for the conference and find more observation on their website: http://vagantesconference.org/

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All events will take place in the Great Hall of the Centre for Medieval Studies unless otherwise noted. (Lillian Massey Building, 3rd Floor, 125 Queen’s Park)

Thursday, March 21

8:30-9:00- Breakfast and Registration

9:00-9:30 – Introductory Remarks

9:30-11:00 – Session One: Imagined and Created Histories 

                    Moderated by Alison More

Imagined Pasts: Reconstructing Ottoman Harem Narratives

Kortney Stern (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Stories of the Maccabees in Nicholas Trevet’s Les Cronicles

Jonathan Brent (University of Toronto)

Identity and Reception of the Byzantine Croce degli Zaccaria 

Caitlin Mims (Florida State University)

11:00-12:00- Tour of the Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies Library

12:00-1:30- Mentorship Lunch, organized by Timothy Nelson (University of Arkansas)

1:30-3:00- Session Two: Rhetorical (Re)writings

                Moderated by Dan Brielmaier

Moor or Saracen? Translation as Propaganda in the Cantigas de Santa Maria, 1270-1284

Marlena Cravens (University of Texas, Austin)

Saxo and his younger cousin – principles used to make Gesta Danoruminto Compendium Saxonis

Marko Vitas (Brown University)

Emotional Rhetoric in Aelfric’s Letter to the Monks of Eynsham

Edith Cherrett (Carleton University)

3:00-3:15- Coffee Break

3:15-4:45- Session Three: Tradition Re-examined

                  Moderated by Erika Loic

Seeing Matter: The Materiality of Monstrance Reliquaries

Mark Summers (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

The Old English Judgement Day I and the Origins of the Submerged Earth Motif

Mark Doerksen (University of Saskatchewan)

Desert Islands: Evoking the Desert Fathers in Early Irish Monastic Art

Mya Eileen Frieze (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

4:45-5:00- Coffee Break

5:00-6:00- Keynote Lecture, given by Daniel Hershenzon (University of Connecticut)

“Captivated by the Mediterranean: Early Modern Spain and the Political Economy of Reason” 

6:00- 8:00- Welcome Reception, Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies Shook Lounge

Friday, March 22nd

8:30-9:00- Breakfast and Registration

9:00-10:30- Session Four: Images of the Holy

                    Moderated by Adam Cohen

Meditatioand Visio in early fourteenth-century English stained glass and illuminated manuscripts

Roisin Astell (University of Kent)

The image of the cosmos unfolding between the alpha and the omega

Merih Danali (Harvard University)

Meditatio and the Margins: Marginalia as Tools for Meditation in the Macclesfield Psalter

Christine James Zepeda (University of Texas, Austin)

10:30-10:45- Coffee Break

10:45-12:15 – Session Five: Time

                       Moderated by Kara Gaston

Salvational Space and the Case for Medieval Russian Literature

Taylor Thomas (Indiana University, Bloomington)

Running Out of Time: Situating Readers in The Book of John Mandeville

Emily Lowman (University of Rochester)

Petrarch’s Net and the Lyrical Poetics of Time

Peerawat Chiaranunt (Yale University)

12:15-1:15- Lunch

1:15-2:45- Session Six: Teaching (in) the Middle Ages

                 Moderated by Alice Sharp

Carolingian networks of exegetes: an examination with cluster analysis

William Mattingly (University of Kentucky)

Can We Recover the Lost Glosses of Peter Lombard?: Revisiting the Biblical Lectures of the Parisian Master’s Successor

David Foley (University of Toronto)

Rebranding “Darkness” – Teaching and Advertising Medieval History in British Columbia 

Jovana Andelkovic (Simon Fraser University)

2:45-3:00- Coffee Break

3:00-5:00- Professionalization Panel: Elisa Brilli, Kara Gaston, Shami Ghosh 

5:00-7:00- Reception, Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies Shook Lounge

6:30-8:30- Board of Directors Meeting at the Centre for Medieval Studies

Saturday, March 23rd

8:30-9:00- Breakfast and Registration

9:00-10:30- Session Seven: Transformation of Women

                    Moderated by Emily Blakelock

(Un)Clothe the She-wolf: Problematise the Female Body in the Bisclavret Triad         

Minjie Su (University of Oxford)

Female Empowerment Through Adornment in the Middle English Judith and Joan of Arc’s Trial

Maitlyn Reynolds (California State University)

Approaching Warrior Women: Amazons in The Shahnameh and Alexandreis

Catherine Albers (University of Connecticut)

10:30-10:45- Coffee Break

10:45-12:15- Session Eight: Spiritual Literary Spaces

                      Moderated by David Townsend

The Virgin Mary in the Cantigas de Santa Maria

Carmen Denia (Yale University)

 ‘He hadde a spirit of trewe prophecye’: Amphiorax and the Undermining of Truth in The Siege of Thebes

Jennifer Easler (University of Minnesota)

Outliving Death: Cemeteries as Spaces of Immortalization in Medieval French Quests

Kirsten Lopez (University of Chicago)

12:15-1:15- Lunch

1:15-2:45- Session Nine: Law and Gender in the Mediterranean

                 Moderated by Kirsty Schut

They shall be very loyal and very wise: Almogavares in Castilian Law 

Marcos Perez Canizares (Cornell University)

Being Your Best Self: An Examination of the Pisan Consumer Culture through the Female Elect on the Last Judgement Fresco

Tania Kolarik (University of Wisconsin-Madison)

Le plus dreit heir: Maria of Antioch and the crown of Jerusalem 

Charlotte Gauthier (University of London, UK)

2:45-3:00- Coffee Break

3:00-4:30- Session Ten: Social Standing, Community, and Legality

                   Moderated by Jessica Lockhart

Precariously Human: Bare Life, Paternal Recognition, and Animal Transformation in the Fourth Branch of the Mabinogi

Mead Bowen (University of Rochester)

Contextualizing Resistance to Sexual Violence in Le Bone Florence of Rome

            Mariah Luther Cooper (Memorial University of Newfoundland)

Langland’s Mirror: Self-Understanding among the Multa  

Audrey Saxton (Pennsylvania State University)

4:30-4:45- Coffee Break

4:45-5:45- Keynote Lecture, given by Alexandra Gillespie (University of Toronto)

                “The Printer and the Pardoner”

5:45- 6:00- Concluding Remarks

6:00-9:00- Final Banquet

 

Many thanks to the Centres, Colleges, Departments, and other Organizations that have made the 18th Vagantes Conference possible

  • Centre for Medieval Studies
  • Centre for Medieval Studies’ Student Committees
  • Pontifical Institute for Medieval Studies
  • An Anonymous Donor
  • Centre for Comparative Literature
  • Centre for Reformation and Renaissance Studies
  • Department of English
  • Department of French
  • Department of Germanic Languages and Literatures
  • Department of History
  • Department of History Intellectual Community Committee
  • Department of History of Art
  • Department of Near and Middle Eastern Civilizations
  • Department of Philosophy
  • Dictionary of Old English
  • Emmanuel College
  • Emilio Goggio Chair in Italian Studies
  • Institute for the History and Philosophy of Science and Technology
  • Jackman Humanities Institute
  • Leslie Dan Faculty of Pharmacy
  • The Medieval Academy of America/Graduate Student Committee Grant for Innovation in Community Building and Professionalization
  • Milestones and Pathways Initiative of the Faculty of Arts and Science
  • St. Michael’s College
  • Student Initiative Fund, Division of Student Life
  • Trinity College
  • University College
  • University of Toronto Press
  • Victoria College
  • Wycliffe College

Congratulations to Christopher Berard for his recent publication!

Congratulations to alumnus Christopher Berard (PhD 2015) for the publication of Arthurianism in Early Plantagenet England from Henry II to Edward I (Boydell & Brewer, 2019).

9781783273744_29_1_5The precedent of empire and the promise of return lay at the heart of King Arthur’s appeal in the Middle Ages. Both ideas found fullness of expression in the twelfth century: monarchs and magnates sought to recreate an Arthurian golden age that was as wondrous as the biblical and classical worlds, but less remote. Arthurianism, the practice of invoking and emulating the legendary Arthur of post-Roman Britain, was thus an instance of medieval medievalism.
This book provides a comprehensive history of the first 150 years of Arthurianism, from its beginnings under Henry II of England to a highpoint under Edward I. It contends that the Plantagenet kings of England mockingly ascribed a literal understanding of the myth of King Arthur’s return to the Brittonic Celts whilst adopting for themselves a figurative and typological interpretation of the myth. A central figure in this work is Arthur of Brittany (1187-1203), who, for more than a generation, was the focus of Arthurian hopes and their disappointment.

 

For more information, consult the publisher’s website.

The Implications of Reading Brian Stock Colloquium – 15 March 2019

Please consult the website of the event for additional information.

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The colloquium, organized by Gur Zak and Sarah Powrie, offers an opportunity to consider the legacy and influence of Brian Stock’s scholarship on the history of reading.

REGISTRATION

Conference speakers are automatically registered. Others wishing to register should do so through the Eventbrite website. Registration is free of charge.

DATE AND TIME

Fri, 15 March 2019

8:30 AM – 7:00 PM EDT

LOCATION

Rm 112 of the Victoria College Building

73 Queen’s Park Crescent East

Toronto, ON M5S 2C3

 

SCHEDULE

Room 112 (Alumni Hall) of the Victoria College Building

8:15 Registration and Welcome

8:45 Opening Remarks

OPENING LECTURE, 9:00-9:30

Aviad Kleinberg, Tel Aviv University, “The Life of Brian”

SESSION 1: 9:30-11:00

Seth Lerer, UC San Diego, “The Textualized Augustine and Late Antique Communities”

Paul Saenger, Newberry Library, “Augustine’s Ideas on Vision and the Evolving Format of the Patristic Page”

Sarah Spence, Medieval Academy of America, “Augustine, Vergil and the Geography of Loss”

11:00-11:30 coffee

SESSION 2: 11:30-12:45

John Magee, University of Toronto, “Boethius and the Legacy of Alexander of Aphrodisias”

Marcia Colish, Yale University, “Self-Baptism in the Middle Ages”

Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia, “Augustine the Eater”

1:00-2:30 Lunch

SESSION 3: 2:30-4:00

Willemien Otten, University of Chicago, “Naturalism without Mediation: William of Conches and Hildegard of Bingen on Thinking Nature”

Suzanne Akbari, University of Toronto ,”Allegory and Integument, from the Victorines to Christine de Pizan”

Elisa Brilli, University of Toronto, “Dante’s Inner Dialogues”

4:00-4:30 coffee

SESSION 4: 4:30-6:00

Albert Ascoli, UC Berkeley, “Believe Me! Stories of Reading in the Early Modern Period”

Jane Tylus, Yale University, “Listening for the congedo: scenes of goodbye in the Renaissance”

Giuseppe Mazzotta, Yale University, “”What is Vico’s New Science About? Vico’s Imaginary Dialogue with St. Augustine”

CONCLUDING LECTURE, 6:00-6:30

Natalie Zemon Davis, University of Toronto, “A Scholarly Friendship”

 

Congratulations to our recent PhD graduate!

Congratulations to our recent PhD graduate who defended in the last months:

Jason Brown: “St Antonin of Florence on Justice in Buying and Selling: Introduction, Critical Edition, and Translation.”

This dissertation presents an extensive introduction to the Summa of St Antonin (Antoninus, Antonino) of Florence and his teaching on justice in buying and selling. It also presents, for the first time, critical editions and English translations of three chapters of his Summa: 2.1.16 (On fraud), 3.8.1 (On merchants and artisans), and 3.8.2 (On the various kinds of contracts). St Antonin was a Dominican friar and archbishop of Florence from 1446 to 1459, and composed one of the most comprehensive medieval manuals of moral theology, his Summa. In his preaching and writing, Antonin sought to teach the merchants and artisans of Florence about the proper conduct of trade and exhorted them to practice virtue and moderation in the pursuit of profit. The first part of this dissertation is an introduction with four chapters. Chapter One provides a brief literature review on St Antonin and a biography. Chapter Two is a study of his Summa: its conception, textual witnesses, and process of composition. This chapter demonstrates that the manuscripts traditionally considered to be the originals are indeed the author’s autographs, and offers the most extensive analysis of these manuscripts yet produced. Chapter Three expounds the development of scholastic teaching on justice in buying and selling in the thirteenth-century faculties of canon law and theology. Chapter Four explains Antonin’s teaching: its social context in renaissance Florence; its content, sources, and method; and its purpose, namely, helping the clergy in their pastoral duties of preaching, hearing confessions, and resolving moral dilemmas. A postscript comments on Antonin’s place in the history of moral theology. The second part of the dissertation, the appendices, is the critical edition and English translation, preceded by an explanation of the edition and followed by tables illustrating the recensions of each chapter, as well as a description of Antonin’s handwriting.