[Humanist] 26.343 new book: Canoni liquidi (Liquid Canons)

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                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 26, No. 343.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 1 Oct 2012 16:22:41 +0200
        From: Domenico Fiormonte <domenico.fiormonte at gmail.com>
        Subject: new book: Liquid Canons

Domenico Fiormonte (ed.), *Canoni liquidi. Variazione culturale e
stabilità testuale dalla Bibbia a Internet* [Liquid Canons. Cultural
variation and textual stability from the Bible to the Internet],
Napoli: ScripatWeb, 2011.

Online and print edition available from

In our Western tradition we read and study Homer, Dante or the Bible
as reference texts: immutable, fixed, "canonical". Established “once
and for all”, the canonical texts place themselves at the core of our
cultural identity. But how is their memory handed down and how was
their supposed stability constituted? A brief look at the history of
texts – from Homer to ancient India, from Old Testament to Women
Studies – reveals that the issue is more complex than one could
expect. In the course of time, both the great works of antiquity and
those closer to our times underwent through many metamorphosis because
of the pressure of social and political events, ideological or
religious interests, accidental or conscious manipulation. This volume
seeks to make a point about these issues confronting an
interdisciplinary group of scholars: Latinists, Greek scholars,
Sanskritists, but also anthropologists, sociologists and Computer
scientists, are asked to discuss openly and beyond strictly academic
barriers what preserving and handing down cultural memory means today.

Full English abstracts:

Table of Contents:
Marcello Buiatti (Biology, University of Florence), “I linguaggi della
vita” / “The languages of life”

Francesco Benozzo (Romance Philology, University of Bologna), “Dalla
filologia tradizionale all’etnofilologia tradizionante” / "From
traditional philology to traditioning ethnophilology"

Gian Luigi Prato (Biblical Studies, University of Roma Tre), “Gli
scritti biblici tra utopia del canone fisso e fluidità del testo
storico” / “Biblical Writings between the utopia of the fixed canon
and the fluidity of the historical text”

Giovanni Cerri (Ancient Greek Literature, University of Roma Tre),
“Omero liquido” / “Homer in Progress”

Francesco Sferra (Asian Studies, University of Naples), “La fluidità
testuale nelle tradizioni indiane” / “Textual fluidity in Ancient
Indian tradition”

Alessandro Simonicca (Anthropology, La Sapienza University of Rome),
“La variazione nei processi di trasmissione della cultura” /
“Variation in the processes of transmission of culture”

Monica Cristina Storini (Italian Literature, La Sapienza University of
Rome), “Resistere alla stabilità: il canone letterario in un’ottica di
genere” / “Resisting to stability: the literary canon from a gender
point of view”

Paolo Mastandrea (Latin Literature, University of Venice), “La memoria
insignificante. Inerzie formulari e variazioni foniche nel dettato
poetico latino” / “Speech variations, insignificant memory:
formularity and poetic dictation in Latin”

Domenico Fiormonte (Communication Studies, University of Roma Tre),
Desmond Schmidt (Computer Science, Queensland University of
Technology), “La rappresentazione digitale della “varianza” testuale”
/ “The digital representation of textual variation”

Giulio Lughi (Sociology, University of Turin), “Tra generi e stili:
forme di (in)stabilità nei new media” / “Between genres and styles:
forms of (in)stability in the new media”

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