IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1712: Literary Strategies and the Construction of Sanctity in Late Antique and Early Medieval Latin Hagiography

Thursday 6 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Network for the Study of Late Antique & Early Medieval Monasticism
Organisers:Klazina Staat, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Gent
Jelle Visser, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Albrecht Diem, Department of History, Syracuse University, New York
Paper 1712-aThecla as a Literary Paradigm in Late Antique Latin Lives of Chaste Spouses
(Language: English)
Klazina Staat, Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte, Universiteit Gent
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Latin, Sexuality
Paper 1712-bThe Monastic Virtues in the Lives of Bishops in the Early Medieval Latin Hagiography: The Utilisation of Ambiguities in the Definition of Moral Politics through the Life of Arnulf of Metz
(Language: English)
Jean-Noël Rolland, Département d'histoire, Université de Montréal / Département des Sciences historiques, Université de Liège
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Rhetoric
Paper 1712-cWriting and Re-Writing Willibrord's Sanctity: Alcuin and Thiofrid on Willibrord, Monasticism, and Mission
(Language: English)
Jelle Visser, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Rhetoric
Abstract

This panel focuses on the narrative construction of Late Antique and Early Medieval Latin hagiographical texts, studying the literary and rhetorical strategies employed for the construction of saintly virtue and the expression of ideological values. Specific attention is paid to techniques of characterisation, the use of ambiguity as a narrative technique, and the insertion of literary models and tropes from other traditions. Bringing together scholars from literary and historical backgrounds, the panel aims to connect literary analysis with other academic approaches in order to get a multidimensional view on the texts’ purposes.