TitleMemory and Imagination in Literary Encounters with the Divine
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
Moderator/ChairKrijn Pansters, School of Catholic Theology / Franciscan Study Centre, Tilburg University
Paper 1709-a Memory Transmission in Tundal's Vision
(Language: English)
Marta Nowak, Wydział Historii i Archeologii, Uniwersytet Marii Curie-Skłodowskiej, Lublin
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Latin; Mentalities; Monasticism
Paper 1709-b Imaginary and Real Boundaries in Russian Question-and-Answer Texts
(Language: English)
Olga Dokuchaeva,
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Comparative; Language and Literature - Latin; Language and Literature - Slavic
AbstractPaper -a:
The problem presented in the paper relates to the transfer of cultural memory in the text of Tundal's Vision, work written around 1149 at the Irish Benedictine monastery in Regensburg. The narrative depicts the journey of an Irish knight, through the spaces of hell and paradise, where the hero meets various characters closely related to the history of Ireland in the first half of 12th century. Meetings between Tnugdal and the figures from Irish history take place in the colourful scenery of the afterlife, where biblical topoi intertwine with characters and threads connected with Irish folklore. Based on Jan Assman's theory of cultural memory, the aim of the article will be to analyse the mentioned motifs, in terms of memory figures, considered as semantic representations of those elements of the past that may have been important for the Irish monks living in St James Abbey. The paper presents reflections on the types of memory (based on semantic memory paradigm), that could be transmitted through the source along with the problem of adapting the narrative text to the needs of a closed, emigration community. Presented analysis also concern the problem of coherence of collective memory with the issue of the identity of a group of Irish monks in the Regensburg Abbey of St James.

Paper -b:
The paper discusses the motive of limited and unlimited knowledge in the following medieval Russian question-and-answer texts: 'Lucidarius', 'Bartholomew's Questions to the Mother of God', the poem about Golubinaja kniga. In the texts the knowledge about the divine world is limited; but the knowledge about the earthly world is not limited. Imaginary boundaries of knowledge intersect with real geographical ones. However, the methods by which these symbolic boundaries in various cases are set are completely different. The meaning of creating the imaginary boundaries in such texts is in the focus of attention. The paper contains comparative elements with the original Latin text.