The single author is a centerpiece of how we teach intellectual history, but while the intellectual genealogy and the Penguin Classic are precious teaching tools, they also make the many forms of plural authorship and collaborative knowledge-creation which are core to the history of scholarship more difficult to portray. We as researchers are very aware of the central roles such plural-authored projects as marginalia and commentaries play in our periods, yet in our roles as teachers and tellers of histories we often resort to sole author narratives which flow so well. Studies of the production and use of manuscripts and their transformation in the print period, from Virgil and Lucretius, to Renaissance engagements with Medieval spuria attributed to ancient Platonic and Stoic thinkers, to the sixteenth-century appetite for encyclopedias and books of excerpts; such cases provide models for discussing group knowledge-creation which can help us re-pluralize our narratives.
Saturday, April 4, 2020
11:00 AM – 11:20 AM
Philadelphia Marriott Downtown – Franklin Hall 6 – Level 4