Session1506
TitleIllness as Metaphor in the Middle Ages, I
Date/TimeThursday 8 July 2021: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorInstitute of Polish Language, Polish Academy of Sciences, Kraków
 
OrganiserKrzysztof Nowak, Pracownia łaciny średniowiecznej, Instytut Języka Polskiego, Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Kraków
 
Moderator/ChairKrzysztof Nowak, Pracownia łaciny średniowiecznej, Instytut Języka Polskiego, Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Kraków
 
Paper 1506-a Le vocabulaire des maux et de la maladie dans la littérature ascétique latine d'origine orientale
(Language: Français)
Renaud Alexandre, Institut de Recherche et d'Histoire des Textes (IRHT), Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS), Paris
Index Terms: Computing in Medieval Studies; Language and Literature - Latin; Mentalities
Paper 1506-b From the Disease of Hunger to Heretical Plague: Metaphorical Illness and Its Treatment in the Corpus of Polish Medieval Latin
(Language: English)
Krzysztof Nowak, Pracownia łaciny średniowiecznej, Instytut Języka Polskiego, Polskiej Akademii Nauk, Kraków
Index Terms: Computing in Medieval Studies; Language and Literature - Latin; Mentalities
Paper 1506-c 'Amor non est medicabilis herbis': The 'Love is a Disease' Metaphor from Early to Medieval Latin
(Language: English)
Irene de Felice, Dipartimento di lingue e culture moderne, Università di Genova
Chiara Fedriani, Dipartimento di lingue e culture moderne, Università di Genova
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Latin; Mentalities
 
AbstractContrary to what Susan Sonntag hoped, we will not be liberated from metaphors of illness anytime soon. Long before the pandemic, the imagery of disease had been employed to express uninhibited nature of emotions or to explain social processes. All too often, though, it has been used to exclude, to stigmatize the Other and to justify violence. A critical analysis of medieval metaphors may help us in understanding how our language is shaped by its remote past. This interdisciplinary session will provide a broad overview of the functions and dynamics of the metaphorical and symbolic use of illness in medieval Latin writing.