IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 704: Between Entertainment and Persuasion: On Structures and Functions of Miracle Accounts and Collections, I

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Trivium: Centre for Ancient, Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Tampere / Hagiography Society
Organisers:Sari Katajala-Peltomaa, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, University of Tampere
Christian Krötzl, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, History & Philosophy, University of Tampere
Moderator/Chair:Gábor Klaniczay, Department of Medieval Studies, Central European University, Budapest
Paper 704-aTelling the Miracle: The Meeting between Pilgrim and Scribe as Reflected in Swedish Miracle Collections
(Language: English)
Anders Fröjmark, School of Cultural Sciences, Linnaeus University, Kalmar
Index terms: Daily Life, Hagiography
Paper 704-bHarnessing the Passion of Admiration: The Functions of Miracle Tales in the Canonization and Cult of Vincent Ferrer
(Language: English)
Laura Ackerman Smoller, Department of History, University of Arkansas at Little Rock
Index terms: Daily Life, Hagiography
Paper 704-cHow to Appeal and Impress?: On Content, Structure, and Audience of Miracle Accounts
(Language: English)
Christian Krötzl, School of Social Sciences & Humanities, History & Philosophy, University of Tampere
Index terms: Daily Life, Hagiography
Abstract

Medieval Miracle Accounts and Miracle Collections have become increasingly popular and are being used by researchers from all kind of scholarly traditions. This fruitful and inspiring variety of research ‘ad fontes’ has however also left many questions of method and theory aside. Analytical guidelines and ‘working-tools’ are largely still to be considered as desiderata.
The sessions will concentrate mainly on the structures and functional elements of miracle collections from the High and Later Middle Ages. Questions to be treated are: size, composition, typology of structures, rhetorical elements, stage of composition and preservation, official or non-official character, linked or not-linked to canonisation attempts, full or abbreviated version, inserted in other types of sources, larger context and function, links to other types of sources, enquiries and juridical procedures.
Entertainment and persuasion are important functional features, linking the topic of these two sessions to the general topic of the IMC 2013. Miracle accounts had to entertain an audience, in order to attract prospective pilgrims. On the other hand they had – in the case of miracle accounts connected to canonization attempts – to persuade a learned commission on the miraculous powers of the saint in question. How do these functions appear in the accounts, could they be combined, or were they in conflict?