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13th Annual Marco Manuscript Workshop: "Transmission"

The thirteenth annual Marco Manuscript Workshop will take place Friday and Saturday, February 2-3, 2018, at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. The workshop is organized by Professors Maura K. Lafferty (Classics) and Roy M. Liuzza (English), and is hosted by the Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies.

Registration begins at 8:30 a.m. on Friday. Talks begin at 9:30 a.m. on Saturday.

This year’s workshop explores the idea of “Transmission.” Few texts are preserved in their author’s own hand; most surviving manuscripts are copies of copies, each hand-made, and each differing to a greater or lesser degree, by design or accident, from the copy before it. The more successful or important or popular a work, the more copies were produced, and the more difference and variation exists among the surviving copies; but even a work that survives in only one copy may represent the end of a series, potentially a long one, of moments of textual reproduction. Texts may travel in groups or be tucked into solitary margins; they may gather in closely-knit families or diverge in significant and sometimes strange ways. Whatever hidden chances may have led to their survival, every manuscript has a story to tell about its origins, its readers, and its place as a link in the chain of transmission. How do we reconstruct these stories? Do the traditional tools of textual criticism reflect the reality of textual transmissions? What can a text tell us about its own history?


  • Scott Bruce (U Colorado Boulder): “The Lost Patriarchs Project: Recovering the Greek Fathers in the Medieval Latin Tradition”
  • Andrew Dunning (University of Toronto): “When is an Author a Manuscript’s Corrector?”
  • Martin Foys (U of Wisconsin, Madison): “The Translation and Transformation of Carolingian Texts in Anglo-Saxon England: CCCC 44 and Cotton Vespasian D.xv”
  • Georgia Henley (Stanford): “Textual Transmission and Historical Writing in a Border Context: Mortimer Genealogies and the Latin Prose Brut in Chicago, University Library, MS 224”
  • Leslie Lockett (OSU): “The Transmission, Study, and Translation of Augustine’s Soliloquia in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries”
  • Julia Marvin (Notre Dame): “When History Begins Twice: Apparatus and the Generation of Meaning in the Brut Historiographic Tradition”
  • Patrick Naeve (Cornell): “Geography and Genealogy in an Arabic Glossed Manuscript of Isidore’s Etymologiae”
  • Sarah Sprouse (Texas Tech): “Fantasies of Wales: Some Paleographic Evidence for the Mediating Role of Gerald of Wales”

As in previous years, the workshop is intended to be more like a class than a conference; participants are encouraged to share new discoveries and unfinished work, to discuss both their successes and frustrations, to offer both practical advice and theoretical insights, and to work together towards developing better professional skills for textual and codicological work.

The workshop is open at no cost to anyone interested in sharing a lively weekend of discussion and ideas about manuscript studies. Further details about the program will be available later in the year. Please contact Roy Liuzza or the Marco Institute ( for more information.

Saturday, February 3 at 9:30am to 5:00pm

International House, Great Room
1623 Melrose Place, Knoxville, TN 37996

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Snyder, Karl R

Snyder, Karl R left a positive review 2/2/2018

It was an interesting trip outside
my field of study. Those who presented obviously knew their stuff, confirmed by those in attendance who were also knowledgeable. The accommodations were excellent and the program well-organized. Thank you for opening the program to curious outsiders!