IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 609: Travel Literature in Latin: Between the Authority of Topos and the Power of Individual Experience

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:SAMS.on - Salzburg Medieval Studies Online (Salzburger Mittelalterstudien)
Organiser:Christian Rohr, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Salzburg
Moderator/Chair:Maria Elisabeth Dorninger, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Salzburg
Paper 609-aMedieval European Travellers to the Court of the Mongol Khan
(Language: English)
Johannes Giessauf, Institut für Geschichte, Karl-Franzens-Universität Graz
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 609-bFrom Unicorn to Rhinoceros: Medieval European Travellers to East Asia and the Loss of the Unknown
(Language: English)
Ann Fielding, King's College, University of Cambridge
Paper 609-c'Alter Hannibal ego': Travelling Through the Alps in Late Medieval and Early Humanist Literature
(Language: English)
Christian Rohr, Institut für Geschichte, Universität Salzburg
Index terms: Economics - Trade, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Abstract

Following new handbooks on Medieval Latin, such as the one edited by Mantello and Rigg (1996), it seems necessary to examine Late Medieval Latin by focusing on single genres. This session tries to compare reports on different kinds of travels: to the main pilgrimage centres, to the strange and miraculous Far East, and across the Alps. All of these travel reports combine both individual experience and common places. Even if it is sometimes impossible to distinguish the one from the other, these sources become important documents both for the reception of literary motifs and for the perception of the foreign world.