IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1211: Rewriting in Byzantine and Medieval Culture

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:University of Cyprus
Organiser:Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
Moderator/Chair:Shaun Tougher, School of History, Archaeology & Religion, Cardiff University
Paper 1211-aRewriting Beauty in Byzantine Hagiography
(Language: English)
Stavroula Constantinou, Department of Byzantine & Modern Greek Studies, University of Cyprus, Nicosia
Index terms: Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - Greek
Paper 1211-bEastern Stories Retold by Westerners: The Beginnings of Latin Hagiography
(Language: English)
Robert Wiƛniewski, All Souls College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Rhetoric
Paper 1211-cVenus Rewritten: Aesthetic Perceptions and Cultural Discourse in Byzantine Art
(Language: English)
Mati Meyer, Department of Literature, Language & Arts, Open University of Israel, Raanana
Index terms: Art History - General, Byzantine Studies, Gender Studies
Abstract

Rewriting is a key process of Byzantine and medieval culture. For instance, Byzantine and medieval art and literature constantly quote, remake, reenact, revise, rework, retell, and renarrate earlier motifs and ideas, either Byzantine, medieval or ancient. Through rewriting, medieval authors and artists keep alive the past in an attempt to shape the present. This session addresses the issue of rewriting which is understood not as mere imitation, but as recreation, and as the aesthetics of Byzantine and medieval literature and art.