IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1130: Vernacularities in Post-National Perspective, II: Vernacular Translations, Thrills of Comparison

Wednesday 11 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:ERC-StG 'OVERMODE', Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wisenschaften, Wien / ERC-StG 'Holy and Lay', Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Organisers:Sabrina Corbellini, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26 9712 EK GRONINGEN
Pavlína Rychterová, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Moderator/Chair:Margriet Hoogvliet, Centre for Classical, Oriental, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Paper 1130-aThe Vitas Patrum in Domenico Cavalca's Italian Translation (1320s)
(Language: English)
Manu Radhakrishnan, Department of History, Princeton University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Italian, Lay Piety, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Religious Life
Paper 1130-bDesert Fathers in the Low Countries
(Language: English)
Mathilde van Dijk, Faculteit der Godgeleerdheid en Godsdienstwetenschap, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Religious Life
Paper 1130-cVitas Patrum in Czech Translation (14th Century)
(Language: English)
Jakub Sichálek, Institut für Mittelalterforschung, Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaften, Wien
Index terms: Language and Literature - Slavic, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

The session focusses on vernacular versions of the Vitas patrum, a very important collection of saints’ lives which experienced broad reception in medieval Europe. Papers will demonstrate the rich history of translation of this collection in European vernaculars, compare research results in particular areas and critically discuss the potential of a comparative approach. The questions are: which research questions can a comparative method help to answer and which not? Can the comparative method be specified according to material or is it possible to develop some overarching comparative matrix? Is comparison without theory possible?