Wednesday, January 2, 2013

Marco Institute

The Eighth Marco Manuscript Workshop will be held Friday and Saturday, 
February 1 and 2, 2013, at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville; the 
workshop is organized by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy 
M. Liuzza (English).

This year’s workshop focuses on practical manuscripts, or manuscripts as 
tools – classroom texts, collections of memoranda, recipes, or formulae, 
miscellanies, corrected or annotated texts, dog-eared and interleaved 
manuscripts, indices, running headings, and other signs of everyday use. 
We hope to explore new and old ways of interpreting such evidence, of 
reconstructing original contexts, and of imagining the relationship 
between reference and practice that such well-used books represent. What 
do the physical traces in books tell us about the people who used the 
books? Can we discern a history of pragmatic readers, builders, makers, 
and practitioners parallel to the history of the authors who write texts 
and scribes who create manuscripts? How do we read a manuscript as a 
living book with a busy life?

The following scholars will present their work:

Elizabeth Archibald (John Hopkins University) “Liber magistri: Text and 
Manuscript in Carolingian Classrooms”
W. Martin Bloomer (Notre Dame University) “Modeling reading: The 
commentary tradition on the use and abuse of the Distichs of Cato”
Kate Fedewa (University of Wisconsin) “School Work: Deciphering the 
Teacher, Student, and Text in Yale, Beinecke Library MS 3 (34)”
Matthew Giancarlo (University of Kentucky) “The Manuscripts of Peter 
Idley’s Works at Work, c. 1450”
Holly Johnson (Mississippi State University) “The Making of a ‘Model’ 
Sermon Collection: Robert Rypon and His Scribes and Readers.”
Karen Jolly (University of Hawai’i, Manoa) “Representing Durham 
Cathedral Library A.IV.19”
Clara Pascual-Argente (Rhodes College) “Nota exempla antiqua: Life at 
the Margins of Manuscript BNM 3666”
Sarah Zeiser (Harvard University) “A Tradition in Transition: British 
Library, Cotton MS Faustina C.I., Part II and Welsh Manuscript 
Production at the Turn of the Twelfth Century”

The workshop is open to scholars and students at any level who may be 
interested in learning more about textual scholarship through this 
informal discussion of practical examples. All workshop events, 
including lunches on Friday and Saturday and a reception on Friday 
night, are free, but registration is required; dinner on Friday evening 
is available for an additional charge. Please visit for more information, or contact Roy M. 
Liuzza, Department of English, University of Tennessee, 301 McClung 
Tower, Knoxville, TN 37996-0430, email

The workshop is sponsored by the Marco Institute for Medieval and 
Renaissance Studies, and is supported by the Humanities Center, the 
Hodges Fund, and the Office of Research at the University of Tennessee.

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