A Symposium at Bates College: 9-10 July 2015


The Learned Clerk Symposium brings together leading scholars in the fields of medieval literature and history, editing and manuscript studies, and digital humanities, whose research variously engages the forms and modes of late medieval textual culture.  The years just before the advent of print, and immediately afterwards, witnessed a burgeoning of secular learned manuscript production in England.  Through a focus on these texts, the symposium’s series of presentations will explore two interlacing threads — neglected sources and new perspectives.

Papers will be grouped according to a number of themes highlighted in the most recent research:

  • Recovering the sources and the scope for digital renewal;
  • The learned clerk: contexts and outlooks;
  • Authorities;
  • Humanist gestures;
  • Publication & transmission;
  • Coteries & networks;
  • Modus compilandi libellos: modern editorial approaches to late medieval authorial practice.
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