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The First Meeting of the Medieval and Early Modern Mnemonic Society v Library of the Centre for Medieval Studies, Jilská 1, 1st floor
Zář 27 – Zář 28 celý den
The First Meeting of the Medieval and Early Modern Mnemonic Society @ Library of the Centre for Medieval Studies, Jilská 1, 1st floor

You are kindly invited to The First Meeting of the Medieval and Early Modern Mnemonic Society which will take place 27th-28th September 2019 in the Library of the Centre for Medieval Studies, Jilská 1, 1st floor. The topic is Neighbours in the Landscape of Memory.

Programme

Říj
3
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History and Theory of Autobiography: Introduction v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Říj 3 @ 17:30 – 19:00
History and Theory of Autobiography: Introduction @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Klára Soukupová (Prague).

Annotation:

The genre of autobiography is often situated on borderline between fiction and non-fiction; autobiography refers to real characters and events, but at the same time it is a literary work of art, a verbal construct. The lecture concentrates on major problems of the genre of autobiography (truth, memory, subjectivity) as well as on history of autobiography (canonical texts) and it goes through development of theory of autobiography in 20th century.

The lecture is a part of the series Me and the World … Autobiography in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

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10
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The Haunted: Writing the Self on the Edge. Icelandic Autobiographies in the Early Modern Age v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Říj 10 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Haunted: Writing the Self on the Edge. Icelandic Autobiographies in the Early Modern Age @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Jürg Glauser (Zürich).

Annotation:

Icelandic literary culture of the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries still bears many traces of the medieval tradition. This is also the case when it comes to representations of self-conceptions as expressed in early modern autobiographies. The present paper deals primarily with two representative examples of the genre,

1) the priest Jón Magnússon’s (1610-96) Píslarsaga (1658-59, ‘Story of Sufferings’(English translation by Michael Fell as And Though This World with Devils filled. A Story of Sufferings, 2007)

2) Sjálfsævisaga (1750ff., ‘Autobiography’) by the priest síra Þorsteinn Pétursson á Staðarbakka (1710-85) Beyond being quite remarkable representations of autobiographies in general, the two texts display a number of features that are specific for this genre in the pre-modern era, such as the creations of individual selves in relation to God and society, the importance of Christian faith, belief, religion and theology, the vital role mental and physical health plays in the narratives. In Píslarsaga, an additional element that defines the text in a very specific manner are the descriptions of the prosecution of putative sorcerers in seventeenth century Iceland.

The lecture is a part of the series Me and the World … Autobiography in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

Říj
17
Čt
The Hero: Imagining the Viking Life: (Pseudo)Autobiographical poetry in the Old Norse Legendary Sagas v Faculty of Arts, room P319
Říj 17 @ 17:30 – 19:00
The Hero: Imagining the Viking Life: (Pseudo)Autobiographical poetry in the Old Norse Legendary Sagas @ Faculty of Arts, room P319

Lecturer: Carolyne Larrington (Oxford).

Annotation:

This lecture will talk about some of the ways in which the poetic form of ‚ævidrápur‘ (deeds of a life) functions within the fornaldarsaga genre in Old Norse. These autobiographically styled poems look back over and reflect a little on the lives of the Viking ancestors of medieval Scandinavians. Some may indeed draw on ancient traditions, others be antiquarian re-imaginings, but their focus on violence, loss, regret – and even love – allows us draw parallels with other kinds of autobiographical composition.

The lecture is a part of the series Me and the World … Autobiography in Medieval and Early Modern Europe.

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