Julia Pelosi-Thorpe is an Italian-Australian PhD student in Italian Studies/Comparative Literature and Literary Theory at the University of Pennsylvania. Her interests include reception/adaptation/translation studies, cultures of textual production from scribal to print to digital, and language pedagogy. In addition to the SIMS Graduate Student Fellowship, she was a 2022–2023 Graduate Project Assistant with the Schoenberg Database of Manuscripts and a 2023 Mellon Doctoral Summer Fellow at the Price Lab for Digital Humanities.
Manuscripts come to us across hundreds of years, and many undergo myriad mediations as they traverse deep time. What are some common modifications people have made to manuscripts? How did they do this? And how were manuscripts created in the first place?
Come and look at some of the manuscripts held at Penn that have been cut up, remixed, rewritten, and rebound. Hear Penn experts discuss these texts, including an overview of the materials and practices through which manuscripts were made initially. Then, take a pair of scissors and cut your own from paper print-outs drawn from the OPenn repository.
Through crafting our own collages, codices, and cut-outs, this two-hour workshop encourages us to learn through enacting as we explore how manuscripts have been created and recreated across time by human beings.