IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 604: Orality, Literacy, and Vernacular Religion in Northern and Eastern Europe, II: Vernacular Christian Myths in Scandinavia, Finland, and Karelia

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Finnish Literature Society / Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies (NCMS), Helsinki
Organiser:Tuomas M. S. Lehtonen, Finnish Literature Society / Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies (NCMS), Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Lauri Harvilahti, Finnish Literature Society / Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies (NCMS), Helsinki
Paper 604-aThe Nativity in Finnish and Karelian Folklore
(Language: English)
Senni Siiri Alanna Timonen, Finnish Literature Society / Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies (NCMS), Helsinki
Index terms: Folk Studies, Gender Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Other
Paper 604-bSt Catherine of Alexandria in Finnish Folklore
(Language: English)
Irma-Riitta Irene Järvinen, Finnish Literature Society / Nordic Centre for Medieval Studies (NCMS), Helsinki
Index terms: Folk Studies, Hagiography, Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality
Paper 604-cMaterializing the Saints: The Role of Sacred Woodcarving
(Language: English)
Thomas A. DuBois, Department of Scandinavian Studies, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Lay Piety
Abstract

The four sessions on orality, literacy, and vernacular religion in Northern and Eastern Europe aim to study the variety of Christian traditions, linguistic registers and vernacular adaptations at the conjunction of orality and literacy. The focus is on oral legends and early written Rus’ narratives, vernacular Christian myths in Scandinavia, Finland, and Karelia, the borderland between Western and Eastern Churches, medieval and early modern linguistic and poetic registers in the Baltic Sea region, and oral and textual performances and construction of power and the pagans as the significant other in the Northern world from Anglo-Saxon England to Baltic and Nordic countries.