Dante’s encounter with Virgil may be the most celebrated of these, but it is ringed by encounters between Dante and Petrarch, Petrarch and Boccaccio, Dante and Boccaccio, Chaucer and each of the above, and the anonymous Pearl-poet and Dante.
Posting on the following call for papers on behalf of the Leeds Centre for Dante Studies:
Fourteenth-Century Italy and England: Dialogue beyond Borders
CfP Leeds International Medieval Congress 6-9 July 2020
Organised by: Elisabeth Trischler and Charles Roe
Sponsors: The Leeds Centre for Dante Studies and The Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
It is well known that writers in fourteenth-century Italy and England sought dialogues beyond the borders of time and space. Dante’s encounter with Virgil may be the most celebrated of these, but it is ringed by encounters between Dante and Petrarch, Petrarch and Boccaccio, Dante and Boccaccio, Chaucer and each of the above, and the anonymous Pearl-poet and Dante. All of these echo a wider search for conversations with the authors of classical antiquity.
This strand seeks to explore the border over which such dialogues are held. On what terms do these writers meet one another? How private can their conversations be? Which borders prove more stubborn than others? How far can dialogue between such individuated writers differ from more common streams of influence in medieval writing?
Potential paper topics include but are not limited to:
|· translation in the broadest sense
· source identification and alteration
· ars memorativa between texts
· influence and its anxieties, or other attributes
|· the reception of such dialogues
· the material transmission of texts
· the importance of non-canonical voices
· the mediation of other cultures and languages between Italy and England
Please send abstracts of no more than 300 words to firstname.lastname@example.org by Monday 9 September 2019.
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