Sarah Powrie is Associate Professor of English at St. Thomas More College, University of Saskatchewan, Canada. Interested in questions of literary reception, she has published articles on Boethius, Chaucer, Spenser, and Donne.
Gur Zak is Associate Professor of Comparative Literature and Romance Studies at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, and Head of the Institute of Literatures. He is the author of Petrarch’s Humanism and the Care of the Self (2010) and Boccaccio and the Consolation of Literature (2022). His current project deals with the implications of compassion in Italian Renaissance literature.
The essays in this volume investigate ways that textual practices in the classical and medieval periods generated collective and individual expressions of identity. Engaging in dialogue with Brian Stock’s seminal contributions to the history of literacy, especially Augustine the Reader, The Implications of Literacy, and Myth and Science in the Twelfth Century, the essays initiate new conversations about models of interpretation, habits of reading, textual communities, and forms of self-writing.
List of Plates
Sarah Powrie and Gur Zak
A Life of Brian
The Textualized Augustine and Late Antique Communities
Augustine as Reader: Prospects for Collaboration between Palaeography and the Neurosciences
Augustine, Virgil, and the Landscape of Memory
Boethius and the Legacy of Alexander of Aphrodisias: The Elementary Commentary on De interpretatione 10, 19b22–24, and Related Texts
Constant J. Mews
Rereading The Twelve Abuses of the Age: From Seventh-Century Ireland to Twelfth-Century France
Marcia l. Colish
Self-Baptism in the Middle Ages?
Nature’s Mediation: William of Conches and Hildegard of Bingen on Creation and the Cosmos
Allegories of the Formless Self in Augustine’s Confessions and Bernardus Silvestris’s Cosmographia
After Petrarch: Writing and Self-Care in Giovanni Conversini’s Rationarium vite
Listening for the Ending
Augustine and Wittgenstein: The Inner Dialogue Continued
Natalie Zemon Davis
A Scholarly Friendship: In Tribute to Brian Stock
Publications of Brian Stock