Session Title

Inventing the Text: Fictitious Narratives of Composition and Transmission

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Dumbarton Oaks Medieval Library; Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Organizer Name

Daniel Donoghue

Organizer Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Presider Name

Daniel Donoghue

Paper Title 1

An Old Persian Tale or Georgian Political Propaganda: The Murder of Demna

Presenter 1 Name

Bert Beynen

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute, Temple Univ.

Paper Title 2

Ideal Reading and Fictive Codicologies in the Prose Vulgate Cycle

Presenter 2 Name

Nicole Eddy

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Dumbarton Oaks Research Library and Collection

Paper Title 3

Confirming Authenticity: The Origin of the Fourth Gospel according to the Acts of John by Prochorus

Presenter 3 Name

Karin Krause

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 4

"An Earnest Hoax": Aspects of Metanarrative in Mazaris's Journey to Hades

Presenter 4 Name

Kimon Velitzanidis

Presenter 4 Affiliation

National and Kapodistrian Univ. of Athens

Start Date

9-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1130

Description

Many medieval texts carefully transmit invented, misleading, or incomplete stories of the circumstances of their own composition and transmission. These can range from the discovery of a lost manuscript in a tomb to the attribution of a text to a (pseudo-) author. This panel includes papers exploring how these metanarratives and constructed histories affect both the reputation and the meaning of the texts they accompany, for both medieval audiences and modern interpreters.

Daniel Donoghue

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May 9th, 3:30 PM

Inventing the Text: Fictitious Narratives of Composition and Transmission

Schneider 1130

Many medieval texts carefully transmit invented, misleading, or incomplete stories of the circumstances of their own composition and transmission. These can range from the discovery of a lost manuscript in a tomb to the attribution of a text to a (pseudo-) author. This panel includes papers exploring how these metanarratives and constructed histories affect both the reputation and the meaning of the texts they accompany, for both medieval audiences and modern interpreters.

Daniel Donoghue