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In search of Geoffrey of Vinsauf’s Lost “Long Documentum”

In search of Geoffrey of Vinsauf’s Lost “Long Documentum”
LI 312
Time: Oct 28th, 4:00 pm End: Oct 28th, 5:00 pm
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2011-12 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture in Medieval Latin Studies

2011-12 J.R. O’Donnell Memorial Lecture in Medieval Latin Studies

In search of Geoffrey of Vinsauf’s Lost “Long Documentum”

Professor Martin Camargo, University of Illinois

Over a long teaching career Geoffrey of Vinsauf (fl. 1200) composed three general composition textbooks that survive in at least one manuscript copy: the Summa de coloribus rhetoricis, the Documentum de modo et arte dictandi et versificandi, and the most famous Poetria nova. A fourth such work has been attributed to Geoffrey of Vinsauf but is in fact a much later, anonymous compilation that was known as Tria sunt (s. XIV ex.). This lecture will discuss the evidence of the Tria sunt and how this may help reconstruct Geoffrey’s lost revision and expansion of the earlier Documentum.



Martin Camargo, Professor of English, Classics, and Medieval Studies at the University of Illinois, is an internationally acclaimed expert on medieval rhetoric. He is the author of Medieval Rhetorics of Prose Composition: Five English “Artes Dictandi” and Their Tradition (1995); The Middle English Verse Love Epistle (1991); Ars Dictaminis, Ars Dictandi (l991); and more than forty articles and book chapters on medieval rhetoric and Middle English literature.


Friday, 28 October 2011

4:00 pm

Great Hall, Room 312

125 Queen’s Park


Reception to follow.


This lecture series is free and open to the public.

If you have an accessibility or accommodation need for this event, please contact the Centre for Medieval Studies.      


416 978 4884


Sponsored by the Journal of Medieval Latin, the Centre for Medieval Studies, the Department of Classics, the Centre for Comparative Literature, the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies & the Collaborative Program in Ancient and Medieval Philosophy.

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