Medieval Bestsellers vs Masterpieces


Saturday, May 6, 2017


9:00 am - 6:30 pm


UCSB Loma Pelona Conference Center

In both European and Middle Eastern Medieval Studies, many of the texts that we now study and teach as the most canonical representations of their era have only survived in a single manuscript and were virtually unknown in their day. While, curiously, the texts that were the most widely read and circulated scarcely figure in canonical accounts of medieval literature in university curricula. This symposium will provide cross-cultural insights into both the literary tastes of the medieval period and the literary and political forces behind the creation of modern canons of medieval literatures.

Speakers include: Shamma Boyarin (University of Victoria); Christine Chism (UCLA); Paul Cobb (University of Pennsylvania); Matthew Fisher (UCLA); Sharon Kinoshita (UCSC); Elias Muhanna (Brown University); Daniel Seldon (UCSC).