In partnership with the Center for Italian Studies in the School of Arts and Sciences, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies is pleased to announce the following lecture:
Francesco Marco Aresu, Assistant Professor of Italian and Medieval Studies, Wesleyan University
Giovanni Boccaccio's Teseida: Composition—Circulation—Reception
Thursday, February 16, 2017, 5:00-6:30PM, Class of 1978 Pavilion, Kislak Center, Van Pelt-Dietrich Library Center, 6th floor
This talk will explore the editorial and intertextual relations between Giovanni Boccaccio's autograph of the Teseida (preserved in Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, Acquisti e doni 325) and two exemplars of the poem: Philadelphia, UPenn Codex 254 and Cambridge, Houghton, Typ 227. It will investigate to what extent the material configuration of these exemplars comply with the hermeneutic guidelines materially embedded by Boccaccio in his autograph in order to control the reception and interpretation of the poem. This compliance will be described in terms of Boccaccio's successful editorial project of inscribing his literary production within the canon of authoritative texts. The rich paratextual apparatus with which Boccaccio furnishes his autograph is at the basis of the affirmation of the Teseida as a classic and of the proliferation of comments and accretions around the text of the poem. By conducting this study under the aegis of material philology, the intent is to show how the interpretation of a text needs to be accompanied by an inquiry into the material conditions of its composition, dissemination, and consumption. The purpose is to show a paradigmatic example of the basic coincidence of textual datum and material unit, of content and medium, of verbal-iconic message and physical support.
Registration for this talk is free and appreciated! Please RSVP HERE
Update: Due to a family emergency, Professor Alessandro Guetta has had to postpone his fellowship and consequently this lecture. His talk will be rescheduled at a later time.
In partnership with the Herbert D. Katz Center for Advanced Judaic Studies and the Jewish Studies Program at the University of Pennsylvania, the Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies at the Penn Libraries is pleased to announce the 2016-2017 Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies & the Herbert D. Katz Center Distinguished Fellow's Lecture in Jewish Manuscript Studies:
"Just for fun”: Making and Reading Hebrew-Italian Translations of the Early Modern Period
Presented by Professor Alessandro Guetta, Institut National des Langues et Civilisations Orientales, Paris,
and the 2016-2017 Schoenberg Institute for Manuscript Studies & the Herbert D. Katz Center Distinguished Fellow in Jewish Manuscript Studies
Wednesday, February 8, 2017, 5:15-6:30 PM
Lecture sponsored by the Jewish Studies Program
Professor Guetta will consider the significance of the 16th-century phenomenon of translation of Hebrew texts into Tuscan, the literary language of Italy. What motivated this small and largely unstudied endeavor, one not seen in other European Jewish communities of the time? Was it "just for fun," as one of these translators declared? Or, given that Tuscan would become a vital element of cultural and national cohesion, did it belong to a strategy of acculturation?
For more information and to register, go to http://www.library.upenn.edu/exhibits/guetta.html