IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1510: The Ontology of Prayerful Feeling in the Language of Gesture and Mimicry: From the Middle Ages to the Literature of the New Times

Thursday 13 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Faculty of Philosophy, University of Zagreb
Organiser:Natalija Vidmarovic, Department of Slavic Studies, University of Zagreb
Moderator/Chair:Natalija Vidmarovic, Department of Slavic Studies, University of Zagreb
Paper 1510-aPrayerful Feeling of Gesture and Mimicry of the European Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Lyudmila Alekseevna Araeva, Department of Stylistics & Rhetoric, Kemerovo State University
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Slavic, Literacy and Orality, Religious Life
Paper 1510-bPrayerful Gesture: A Medieval Code and Russian Literary Tradition
(Language: English)
Elmira Maratovna Afanaseva, Department of Russian Literature & Folklore, Kemerovo State University
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Slavic, Literacy and Orality, Religious Life
Paper 1510-cThe Meaning of Gesture in Old Russian Hagiography as a 'Verbal Icon'
(Language: English)
Natalija Vidmarovic, Department of Slavic Studies, University of Zagreb
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Slavic, Literacy and Orality, Religious Life
Abstract

Prayerful familiarizing with sacral bases forms ontological borderlines of spiritual dialogue. The medieval culture has created a certain spiritual code fixed in a pose, gesture, and mimicry of the person praying. Having settled in iconic tradition, the code acquired a recognizable canonical form, thus exemplifying ritual imitation. The basic versions of ‘visually’ fixed gesture reflect either ecstatic or reflexive nature of communication with God. In cultural and religious tradition, language and literature, complete reproduction of prayerful behavioural patterns, retreat from them, as well as new contents infusion organize a background of familiarizing with / tearing away from sacral values.