IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1118: Urban Saints of Medieval Russia: The Case of Fools for Christ

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Pontifical Institute of Medieval Studies, Toronto
Organiser:Svitlana Kobets, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto
Moderator/Chair:Andrii Krawchuk, University of Sudbury, Ontario
Paper 1118-aSimon of Yurievets and the Paradigm of Old Russian Holy Foolery
(Language: English)
Sergei Ivanov, Institute of Slavic Studies, Russian Academy of Sciences, Moscow
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Slavic, Monasticism, Social History
Paper 1118-bThe Mythology of the City in the Holy Folly in Archpriest Awakum
(Language: English)
Priscilla Hunt, Department of Russian, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
Paper 1118-cUrban Paradigm of Russian Holy Foolery: The Fool for Christ as a Prophet
(Language: English)
Svitlana Kobets, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Slavic, Lay Piety, Monasticism
Abstract

This session will explore the phenomenological peculiarities of iurodstvo or foolishness for Christ, which is a peculiar kind of Eastern Orthodox lay piety. Three papers that comprise this session will address the urban (as opposed to monastic) paradigm of holy foolishness, focusing on the issues of Byzantine hagiographic legacy and its Russian adaptation.