Featured image: A commenting narrator: detail from Wolfram <von Eschenbach>: Willehalm (Fragment) – BSB Cgm 193,III, [S.l.] Sachsen (Umkreis Quedlinburg/Halberstadt), 1270. Source: http://daten.digitale-sammlungen.de/bsb00012911/image_3
“Commentarial Forms in Literature” is a sister grant to “Practices of Commentary.”
Generously funded by the Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst (DAAD) through the PPP Programme for Project-Related Personal Exchange (starting in 2020) with Canada, “Commentarial Forms in Literature” is directed by Prof. Christina Lechtermann of the Goethe-Universität Frankfurt am Main and Jeannie Miller of the University of Toronto. It pairs researchers in Frankfurt and Toronto to work on joint research projects related to commentarial forms in literature, with two gatherings planned, in Toronto 2021 and Frankfurt 2022. It grows out of collaborations led by Christina Lechtermann and Markus Stock.
About the Project
This project deals with literary texts that explore the power and interpretive potential of commentarial gestures. We examine the importance of the commentarial form historically in premodern literature, and theoretically as a constitutive component of the literary.
Our project brings together scholars in Arabic, German, Jewish, and Romance medieval and early modern literatures at the University of Toronto and Goethe University Frankfurt/Main. We investigate commentarial forms in literature as well as commentarial forms to stage literature as an ennobled mode of written communication.
The working hypothesis of our research project is as follows: when commentary is a major authoritative mode, its forms and gestures become available for artistic play on authority, and they surface in many different contexts.
- How do forms of commentary become tangible in storytelling?
- How do they determine the forms of poetry or hymns?
- How do they accompany literary texts, poems, and songs?
- How do they ‘authorize’ the text, communicating its status through paratext, metatext, and mise-en-page?
The results of our efforts will be published in several articles (joint and single authorship).
|Participants in Canada: Prof. Elisa Brilli; Walker Horsfall, M.A.; Dr. Luca Lombardo; Prof. Jeannie Miller; Prof. Markus Stock; Prof. Patrick Thériault; Florian Müller, M.A.|
Participants in Germany: Andrea Baldan, M.A.; Jennifer Gerber, M.A.; Prof. Elisabeth Hollender; Prof. Christina Lechtermann; Prof. Christine Ott; Dr. Philip Stockbrugger.
Background image: British Library. Egerton MS 872, fol. 199r. Pentateuch with the Hafṭarot, Five Scrolls, and Rashi’s commentary, 1341.Source: http://www.bl.uk/manuscripts/FullDisplay.aspx?ref=Egerton_MS_872