Holy Hero(in)es. Literary Constructions of Heroism in Late Antique and Early Medieval Hagiography -
The ERC research group Novel Saints (Ghent University) builds on and contributes to a recent trend in scholarship of studying late antique and early medieval hagiography (4th-12th cent.) as literature. We welcome paper proposals for our first, international conference, which will deal with literary constructions of characters as hero(in)es in different types of late antique and early medieval hagiographical narrative (Lives, Martyr Acts, hagiographical romances, etc.). We envisage contributions on hagiography from different linguistic traditions (Latin, Greek, Syriac, Georgian, Coptic, Armenian, Persian and Arabic). The conference aims to explore definitions of and aspects/concepts relevant to heroism in Christian narrative. What does it mean to be a hero(ine) in these narratives? Are there different types of hero(in)es (and of heroism)? To what extent can narratological concepts provide useful tools for evaluating hagiographical constructions of heroism? The other central question is how saints (and/or, possibly, other characters) are characterized, shaped, imagined and/or constructed as hero(in)es.
LUGAR/LOCATION/LUOGO: Faculteit Letteren en Wijsbegeerte (Gent, Belgium)
ORGANIZADOR/ORGANIZER/ORGANIZZATORE: Prof. dr. Koen De Temmerman ; Klazina Staat : ERC project Novel Saints - Universiteit Gent.
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