How does knowledge of authors and their intentions affect the interpretation of the texts we study? What is the significance of the intentionality of a text or its author? Is the author’s intention a valid concern? Questions of authorship and intention are central to textual scholarship, and this interdisciplinary seminar explores the role of authorship and intention from a wide range of perspectives, with topics ranging from author museums and genetic manuscript studies, to probability designs, legislative intent, epistemology and ethics.
This interdisciplinary seminar explores the interplay between authority, power, and textual interpretation from a wide range of perspectives and academic fields. The themes range from ancient philosophical commentaries to modern international law, from Latin inscriptions in ancient Rome to contemporary fundamentalism and conspiracy theories.