The London Research Seminars are going virtual!
Find out more about the research happening here in London, and how it connects with Notre Dame’s research around the world. The first in the series will be jointly presented by Trish Bredar, who will present on the G.K. Chesterton archive, and Julia Marvin, who will talk about patterns of manuscript survival versus patterns of textual influence.
The London Research Seminars will be an opportunity for our local London faculty members to present research they are undertaking, welcoming questions and challenges from a multidisciplinary audience. It is also an opportunity for our staff across the globe to find out what our London faculty are working on, and increase opportunities for collaboration.
No specialist knowledge is assumed - a wide variety of subjects will be presented in a manner that is accessible to all. Whatever your experience, your contributions will be appreciated greatly. Each presenter will have around twenty minutes to present on their topic before fifteen minutes of Q&A. For further information about each talk, please see below:
Into the Archive with G.K. Chesterton
This seminar offers an inside perspective on the London Global Gateway’s recently acquired G. K. Chesterton Collection. It discusses the process of exploring and describing an archival collection while tracing connections across Notre Dame’s Chesterton-related holdings in London and South Bend.
Patterns of Manuscript Survival versus Patterns of Textual Influence
The version of the Anglo-Norman prose _Brut_ chronicle that had the most fourteenth-century influence also appears to be one of the least well represented among its more than 50 surviving manuscripts. Distinctive elements of its text reappear in a variety of contexts: in Latin, Anglo-Norman French, and Middle English, in prose and verse. This variety attests to its broad distribution, readership, and appeal. It also makes for a cautionary tale about presumptions that extant manuscripts provide representative samples of textual traditions, and about the value of editions of multiple versions of texts.