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SIMS Italian Studies Fellow in Italian Manuscript Studies

Texts on Flyleaves

An Investigation on Petrarch’s Writing Uses
Professor Maddalena Signorini, University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy
Ms. Codex 315, Miscellany of religious verse and prose, 15th century, fol. 2r
Ms. Codex 315, Miscellany of religious verse and prose, 15th century, fol. 2r

Thursday, February 27, 2020, 5:15pm

Petrarch, the famed 14th-century Italian humanist, was a prolific inscriber of notes, glosses, and texts within the manuscripts in his private collection. This lecture will explore notations found in the flyleaves of 39 manuscripts from Petrarch’s collection to gain a clearer understanding of his particular use of marginal spaces. Extremely varied in length, subject, and purpose, this group nevertheless represents a coherent expression of a graphic and cultural project that will enlighten our knowledge about Petrarch as reader, writer, and scholar.

Maddalena Signorini is professor of Latin Paleography and Codicology at the University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy. Her research focuses on medieval literacy, on the first writing in Romance vernaculars, and in more recent years, on Petrarch’s and Boccaccio’s handwriting, books, and libraries.

Registration for this event is appreciated.

Sponsored by the Center for Italian Studies and the Italian Studies section of the Department of Romance Languages.

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