July 1, 2019

Conference panel. "Writing as Plan B: Creativity in Exile" (s. 204, Leeds International Medieval Congress)

University of Leeds

Centre for Medieval Literature

Leeds International Medieval Congress

Writing as Plan B: Creativity in Exile

Session Abstract

This session at the 2019 Leeds International Medieval Congress plans to follow Latin and Greek authors from 1100 to 1500 into their exile in order to shed light on their relationship between creativity and displacement. A significant amount of groundbreaking texts spring from periods of exile. The most canonical work of the European Middle Ages, Dante's Divina Commedia, would not have been written but for the exile of the author. Involuntary, unplanned, and planned displacement of people may account for important undiscovered trends in medieval European literature. Writing (or translating) becomes a survival strategy even for those whoo had not authored anything else before. It is also a means to tap into one's own literary tradition, which through exile, (and possible loss of libraries, contacts) suddenly became unavailable or hard to reach.

Sponsor

Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense/University of York

Organiser

Réka Forrai, Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense

Moderator/Chair

Lars Boje Mortensen, Institut for Historie/Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense

Speakers

Zsuzsanna Kiséry, Sprachenzentrum Department, Universität Leipzig. "Instrumentalizing the Masque of the Poeta Exul in Early Humanism"

Valeria Lovato, Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Universitet, Odense. "Isaac Commenus's 'Poem to the Virgin': Exile as an Occasion for Self-Fashioning and Self-Propaganda in 12th-Century Byzantium"

Julian Yolles, Centre for Medieval Literature, Syddansk Unviersitet, Odense. "Unlikely Authors: The Latin East as a Place for Literary Mobility"

Réka Forrai. "Exiled into Another Language: Displaced Translators in the Middle Ages"

Lars Boje Mortensen. "Historiography between Establishment and Exile, c. 1100-1300"

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