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Multi-layered Authorship

On Authors, Artists, Patrons, and Apocrypha in the Western Tradition

Date & time
Friday, May 17, 2024
2 p.m. – 4 p.m.

Registration is closed


This event is free



J.W. McConnell Building
1400 De Maisonneuve Blvd. W.

Wheel chair accessible


The modern concepts of ‘author,’ ‘copyright,’ and ‘intellectual property’ have contributed to the monolithic idea of a writer (or composer) being completely independent in their artistic choices. Similarly, if a name is associated with a work, we assume that this person must be its author. However, in the Western tradition, this is seldom the case; authorship is often the result of several layers of negotiation among artists, audiences/readers, and forms of power. How do we disentangle these issues when approaching literary, musical, and historical sources?

In this event, Dario Brancato (Concordia, CMLL), Paolo Celi (University of Padua), Kristin Franseen (Concordia, History), and Brad Nelson (Concordia, CMLL) will each present a case study. Their topics range from the patronage of the arts in Renaissance Florence, to the apocryphal second book of Don Quixote, and to Mozart’s Vienna, and will help define the concept of ‘multi-layered authorship.’ The presentations will be followed by a one-hour panel discussion and an open question-and-answer period.

How can you participate? Join us in person or online by registering for the Zoom Meeting or watching live on YouTube.

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