Commenting and Commentary: The Historical Emergence of a Global Interpretive Mode

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Friday, 4 October

9:45 Welcome

10:00-11:00 Introductory Roundtable: Towards an Interdisciplinary Methodology of Historical Commentary Studies

11:30-1:15 Transgressing Theories of Interpretation
Chair: Markus Stock (University of Toronto)
Panelists: Amanda Goodman, Christina Lechtermann, Walid Saleh, Kenneth Yu
Chair: Kenneth Yu (University of Toronto)
Suzanne Akbari (Institute for Advanced Studies, Princeton): "Temporal Rupture and the Place of Commentary: The Aftermath of Alexander the Great in Medieval Universal Histories"
Andrew Brock Kraebel (Trinity University): “Senseless Interpretation”
Andrew Hicks (Cornell University): “Reading Texts within Texts: The Special Case of Lemmata"

2:15-4:00 Commentary and Religiosity
Chair: Robert Gibbs (University of Toronto)
Jennifer Gerber (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main): "Queries about the Divine. The Commentary on Meister Eckhart’s Granum sinapis"
Amanda Goodman (University of Toronto): “Commentary at the Crossroads: An Examination of Chinese and Tibetan Ritual Works from Late-Medieval Dunhuang”
Elisabeth Hollender (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main): “On the Margins or in the Centre? The Place of Medieval Hebrew Liturgical Commentaries”

Saturday, 5 October

10:00-11:45 The Materiality of Medieval Commentary
Chair: Christina Lechtermann (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main)
Kristin Böse (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main): “Openings”
Erik Kwakkel (University of British Columbia): “Annotating Aristotle: Page Design and Marginal Space in Thirteenth-Century University Manuscripts”
Joanna Olchawa (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main): “Texts – Illustrations – Objects. The Materiality of Comments in the Bellifortis Manuscripts of the 15th Century”

1:00-2:45 Communties of Commentary
Chair: Enrico Raffaeli (University of Toronto)
Miguel Toledo (Universidad de Salamanca): “Zoroastrian Commentaries in Antiquity and Late Antiquity”
Alexander Andrée (University of Toronto): “Reading Virgil in Twelfth-Century Laon: Accessus and Commentary”
Philipp Knüpffer (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main): “Commenting the Classics at Protestant Universities. The Commentarii Docti, Breves et Succincti in Virgilii libros Georgicorum (Mühlhausen, 1574) and the In Quintiliani institutionum librum decimum annotationes (Leipzig, 1570) by Johann Stigel”

3:15-5:00 Metapoetics and Autocommentary
Chair: Jill Ross (University of Toronto)
Elisa Brilli (University of Toronto): “Dante’s Self-Commentary and the Call for Interpretation”
Andrea Baldan (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main): “Francesco Fulvio Frugoni’s Self- Commentary: Glosses and Literary Criticism in the ‘Tribunal della Critica’”
Christine Ott / Philip Stockbrugger (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main): “Modes and Functions of Self-Commentary in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Century”

Sunday, 6 October

9:30-10:45 Narrative and Commentary
Chair: Lorenza Bennardo (University of Toronto)
Elsa Bouchard (Université de Montreal): “Reading the Poetic Artifact: Narrative Unity in the Ancient Commentaries on Homer”
Christina Lechtermann (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main): “The In-/Coherences of Narrative Commentary”

11:15-12:30 (De-)Disciplining the Discourse: Commentary and Knowledge Formation
Chair: Walid Saleh (University of Toronto)
Ajay Rao (University of Toronto): “The Sociology of Knowledge in Sanskrit Scholastic Commentary”
Magnus Ulrich Ferber (Goethe Universität Frankfurt am Main): “Commenting on a Purged Model. The M. Valerii Martialis Epigrammaton libri omnes of the Jesuit Matthäus Rader (1602)”

For further information, please contact the Centre for Medieval Studies at 416-978-4884