Conference Proceedings

Research supported by UCLA-CMRS resulted in the publication of these books:

Andreas Vesalius and the ‘Fabrica’ in the Age of Printing: Art, Anatomy, and Printing in the Italian Renaissance (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2018), edited by R. F. Canalis and  M. Ciavolella. The articles in this volume were original presented as papers at the conference organized and hosted by UCLA-CMRS in February 2015.

Andreas Vesalius’s fame derives from his writing of what is perhaps the most famous book in the history of medical science, De humanis corporis fabrica (1543), a treatise that within a few years transformed the imperfect art of anatomy into a modern science. This extraordinary work, however, came into being not just because of its author’s genius and industry, but for other reasons that remain (despite a vast body of scholarship) inadequately explored. These questions, the historical moment from which they stem, and the setting in which Vesalius produced the Fabrica, form the core of this volume. Some of these significant factors include the short time during which De fabrica was produced, the debated authorship of its illustrations, and its immediate and subsequent impact on the teaching of anatomy. The book’s significance within the context of present-day views of its historical value, and the ever increasing fascination it evokes among scholars and collectors alike, are also examined.

Boundaries in the Medieval and Wider World: Essays in Honour of Paul Freedman, (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2017), edited by T. Barton, S. McDonough, S. McDougall, M. Wranovix. The articles in this volume were original presented as papers at the conference organized and hosted by UCLA-CMRS in October 2016.

The articles in this collection delve into the Middle Ages and the early modern period, exploring such topics as the religious culture, Spain, and the history of food. Throughout his distinguished career at Vanderbilt and Yale, Paul H. Freedman has established a reputation for pushing against and crossing perceived boundaries within history and within the historical discipline. His numerous works have consistently ventured into uncharted waters: from studies uncovering the hidden workings of papal bureaucracy and elite understandings of subaltern peasants, to changing perceptions of exotic products and the world beyond Europe, to the role modern American restaurants have played in taking cuisine in exciting new directions.The fifteen essays collected in this volume have been written by Paul Freedman’s former students and closest colleagues to both honour his extraordinary achievements and to explore some of their implications for medieval and post-medieval European society and historical study. Together, these studies assess and explore a range of different boundaries, both tangible and theoretical: boundaries relating to law, religion, peasants, historiography, and food, medicine, and the exotic. While drawing important conclusions about their subjects, the collected essays identify historical quandaries and possibilities to guide future research and study.

Viking Archaeology in Iceland: Mosfell Archaeological Project (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2014), edited by Davide Zori and Jesse Byock. The articles in this volume were original presented as papers at the conference organized and hosted by UCLA-CMRS in May 2011.

This volume examines the Viking Age in Iceland through the discoveries and excavations of the Mosfell Archaeological Project (MAP) in Iceland’s Mosfell Valley. Directed by Professor Jesse Byock with Field Director Davide Zori, MAP brings together scholars and researchers from Iceland, Britain, Canada, Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Germany, and the United States. The Project incorporates the disciplines of archaeology, history, saga studies, osteology, zoology, paleobotany, genetics, isotope studies, place-names studies, environmental science, and historical architecture. The decade-long research of MAP has led to the discovery of an exceptionally well-preserved Viking chieftain’s farmstead, including a longhouse, a pagan cremation site, a conversion-era stave church, and a Christian graveyard.The research results presented here tell the story of how the Mosfell Valley developed from a ninth-century settlement of Norse seafarers into a powerful Icelandic chieftaincy of the Viking Age.

The Oxford Handbook of Shakespeare’s Poetry (Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013), edited by Jonathan Post. The articles in this volume were original presented as papers at the conference organized and hosted by UCLA-CMRS in May 2011.

The sound of Shakespeare’s words is intrinsic to their meaning and dramatic effect. This essay understands poetry as word music whether written as verse or prose. My approach to the theme invokes Richard Strauss’s opera Capriccio, Edmund Kean, John Keats, Herbert Farjeon, Edith Evans, Edith Sitwell, and Virginia Woolf. I then present a survey of how the musicality of Shakespeare’s language has been discussed by three influential theatrical practitioners of the last forty years: John Barton, Cicely Berry, and Adrian Noble, and notice their difficulty in approaching Shakespeare’s word music even whilst recognizing it as crucial to his poetry and dramatic art. There then follow close readings of an example of verse (Twelfth Night, or what you will to approach the theme 1.5.257-65) and prose (Macbeth 5.1.18-64), the better to illustrate my recommendations of how readers might experience Shakespeare’s word music for themselves, and enrich Shakespeare when performed

Mapping Medieval Geographies: Geographical Encounters in the Latin West and Beyond, 300-1600 (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2014), edited by Keith D. Lilley. The articles in this volume were original presented as papers at the conference organized and hosted by UCLA-CMRS in May 2009.

Mapping Medieval Geographies explores the ways in which geographical knowledge, ideas and traditions were formed in Europe during the Middle Ages. Leading scholars reveal the connections between Islamic, Christian, Biblical and Classical geographical traditions from Antiquity to the later Middle Ages and Renaissance. The book is divided into two parts: Part I focuses on the notion of geographical tradition and charts the evolution of celestial and earthly geography in terms of its intellectual, visual and textual representations; whilst Part II explores geographical imaginations; that is to say, those ‘imagined geographies’ that came into being as a result of everyday spatial and spiritual experience. Bringing together approaches from art, literary studies, intellectual history and historical geography, this pioneering volume will be essential reading for scholars concerned with visual and textual modes of geographical representation and transmission, as well as the spaces and places of knowledge creation and consumption.

Women in Hell: Francesca da Rimini and Friends Between Sin, Virtue, and Heroism (Rimini: Editrice Romagna Arte e Storia sas, 2013), edited by Ferruccio Farina and Massimo Ciavolella. The articles in this volume were original presented as papers at the conference organized and hosted by UCLA-CMRS in April 2012.

Writing Down the Myths (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2013), edited by Joseph Falaky Nagy. The articles in this volume were original presented as papers at the conference organized and hosted by UCLA-CMRS in April 2012.

A critical investigation into myth as a literary phenomenon—does ‘mythographic’ literature preserve ancient stories or fabricate them? What are myths? Are there ‘correct’ and ‘incorrect’ versions? And where do they come from? These and many other related questions are addressed in Writing Down the Myths, a collection of critical studies of the contents of some of the most famous mythographic works from ancient, classical, medieval, and modern times, and of the methods, motivations, and ideological implications underlying these literary records of myth. While there are many works on myth and mythology, and on the study of this genre of traditional narrative, there is little scholarship to date on the venerable activity of actually writing down the myths (mythography), attested throughout history, from the cultures of the ancient Middle East and the Mediterranean to those of the modern world. By assembling studies of the major literary traditions and texts through a variety of critical approaches, this collection poses – and seeks to answer -key questions such as these: how do the composers of mythographic texts choose their material and present them; what are the diverse reasons for preserving stories of mythological import and creating these mythographic vessels; how do the agenda and criteria of pre-modern writers still affect our popular and scholarly understanding of myth; and do mythographic texts (in which myths are, so to speak, captured by being written down) signal the rebirth, or the death, of mythology?

Savage Words: Invectives as a Literary Genre (Agincourt Press, 2016), edited by Massimo Ciavolella and Gianluca Rizzo. The articles in this volume were original presented as papers at the conference organized and hosted by UCLA-CMRS in February 2009.

Together with the insult and the verbal attack, invective inhabits the most antisocial sphere of language—a sphere one might expect to be ungoverned by any rules or conventions of genre, where scathing ridicule is unleashed with the same heated anarchy that animates its devoted practitioners. And yet, upon closer examination, invective reveals itself to be one of the most tightly regulated of the literary genres, in which genealogies and norms have been strictly codified since the time of Cicero and Sallust. In fact, manuals of rhetoric, meant for students at all levels, formalize its every aspect—even determining, with clinical precision, the kind of shortcomings to be excoriated in one’s colleagues. Notwithstanding the ironclad regulations to which it is subjected, or possibly because of them, invective has enjoyed continuing favor throughout European circles, being always rediscovered, revisited, and rekindled. This conference brought together an international array of scholars to delineate the rules of the invective genre, showing its
evolution and expressive ductility, analyzing that vast corpus of texts, which, over the centuries, individuals of every provenance (civil or ecclesiastic) have discharged in an effort to vilify either the ideas or the character of their colleagues, to demonstrate their superiority in the art of rhetoric, or, perhaps simply to vent their genuine loathing for those same colleagues.

Approaching the Holy Mountain: Art and Liturgy at St. Catherine’s Monastery in the Sinai, ed. Sharon E. J. Gerstel and Robert S. Nelson (2010). ISBN 978-2-503-53127-4. The articles in this volume were original presented as papers at the conference organized and hosted by UCLA-CMRS in January 2007.

The first comprehensive study of the monastery of St Catherine at Mt Sinai in its full historical, art historical, and religious dimensions, the nineteen collected essays in Approaching the Holy Mountain provide a unique view of the longest continuously inhabited Christian monastery. As an important pilgrimage site, Sinai enjoyed an international reputation in the Middle Ages. The monastery also benefited from regional connections to Egypt and the Holy Land. The essays in this volume examine the pilgrims, monks, artists, builders, and scholars who came to the mountain and left their marks on the monastery and its holdings, as well as the image of the monastery that was promoted outside of Sinai. Because of its dry, isolated location in the Sinai desert, the monastery possesses the world’s greatest collection of Byzantine icons. These icons have been celebrated in highly popular exhibitions in Athens, London, St Petersburg, New York, and Los Angeles, few longer studies of the icons have been attempted. In this volume authors investigate icons from the sixth to the sixteenth centuries and offer new interpretations of their meaning, provenance, and function. Essays also explore celebrated illuminated Byzantine manuscripts in the library of St Catherine’s, pilgrim’s accounts of the monastery, a recently excavated early church on the summit of Mt Sinai, liturgy at Sinai during the first Christian millennium, the influence of Sinai on later paintings and engravings, and the recent history of Sinai studies. The result is a significant advance in our understanding of one of the most important centres of early Christianity.

The Echo of Music: Essays in Honor of Marie Louise Göllner (Harmonie Park Press 2004), edited by Blair Sullivan. The articles in this volume were original presented as papers at the conference organized and hosted by UCLA-CMRS in April 2000.

Includes topics such as Saint Cecilia, Medieval Literature’s Silent Music, Musical Exemplifications of Eternity and Measured Time, and Smart Women, Tough Choices.The volume contains essays by Larry Ayres (CSB), Nicole Baker (CSU Fullerton), Murray C. Bradshaw (UCLA), Edward Condren (UCLA), Theodor Göllner (Bavarian Academy of Sciences), Richard Hudson (UCLA), H.A. Kelly (UCLA), Heike Lammers, William Mahrt (Stanford), Alejandro Planchart (UCSB), Blair Sullivan (UCLA), and Nancy van Deusen (Claremont Graduate University).

The Mexican Treasury: Writings by Dr. Francisco Hernández (edited by Simon Varey, and translated by Rafael Chabrán, Cynthia L. Chamberlin, and Simon Varey) and Searching for the Secrets of Nature: The Life and Works of Dr. Francisco Hernández (edited by Simon Varey, Rafael Chabrán, and Dora B. Weiner) were published by Stanford University in 2000.

Two volumes devoted to the life and work of Dr. Francisco Hernández explore his works, life, and times in 16th-century Mexico, and are the culmination of a decade-long research project sponsored by UCLA-CMRS and supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the Ahmanson Foundation, Hoechst Marion Roussel, and private donors.

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Sir Francis Drake

Cultural Encounters