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"Forse era ver, ma non però credibile". Fakes and Forgeries in the Renaissance

Posted By Camilla Russo, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Thought on literary counterfeiting is common throughout the times, from the Classical world till today, an age where fake news and post-truth are compelling topics. Renaissance offers a very fertile field for investigations: while Renaissance’s progresses in historical and philological knowledge enabled scholars to identify lot of famous counterfeits (such as the Costitutum Costantini), at the same time there was a multiplication of fakes and forgers (e.g., from Annio da Viterbo to Erasmus of Rotterdam), with forgers exploiting the very same techniques and skills used to expose forgeries in order to produce new ones. Therefore, as Anthony Grafton has pointed out in Forgers and Critics, during the Renaissance the art of counterfeiting seems to go hand in hand with philology and literary critic.

This panel aims to explore these problems within the frame of University of Trento-funded research project Towards an Archive of Italian Counterfeits. We seek papers which will address case-studies in any national literature engaging with topics such as:

  • forgers’ modus operandi: methods to create a counterfeit;
  • critic’s modus operandi: methods to identify a counterfeit;
  • the counterfeit over time: short-lasting, mid-lasting and long-lasting counterfeits;
  • counterfeiter’s motivations.

Scholars who wants to be considered for the panel are invited to submit their proposals to Dr. Camilla Russo ( by May 31. Proposals in English, Italian and French will be considered. Proposals should include: title, 150-word abstract, short CV and a valid e-mail address. 

Tags:  Fake  literature  philology  Renaissance 

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