Edited by Amanda Goodman and Suzanne Conklin Akbari
Congratulations to Amanda Goodman and Suzanne Conklin Akbari on publishing their volume which serves as a comparative study of localized premodern commentary traditions. This volume is hosted online at the Institute for Advanced Study and can be viewed/downloaded through the following link: https://albert.ias.edu/entities/publication/b797c001-c32d-472a-abfd-ba7028e0f884/details.
The comparative or connected study of localized intellectual traditions poses special challenges to the global turn in medieval studies. How can we enable conversations across language groups and intricate cultural formations, as well as disciplines? Practices of commentary offer a compelling opportunity: their visual layouts reveal assumptions about the relative status of text and gloss, while interpretive interlinear or marginal prompts capture the dynamic relationships among generations of teachers, students, and readers. The material traces of manuscript usage—from hastily scrawled marginal notes to vivid rubrication—illuminate the shared didactic and communicative practices developed within scholarly communities. By bringing together researchers working on specific cultures and discourses across Eurasia, this volume moves toward a global account of premodern commentary traditions.
Medieval Traditions and Transmissions is a special issue of The Medieval Globe, published by Arc Humanities Press.