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Published on Wednesday, August 25, 2021 by João Fernandes

Summary

The sessions that we propose are a follow-up to the International Medieval Congress 2021 panels on medieval metaphors of illness. As previously, we aim to provide a forum for scholars to reflect on the variation and functions of metaphors in the writing of the Middle Ages. We invite original contributions that critically examine the role that metaphors played in medieval discourse. Although Medieval Latin is taken as the point of departure, we welcome comparative analyses of vernacular texts, including translations and adaptations.

Announcement

Argument

Metaphors of transgression are ubiquitous in medieval discourse: we will encounter them in legal texts, court records, sermons, theological treaties and narrative and literary sources. Although often conventionalised and formulaic, they are deeply rooted in the Bible and Patristic writing and as such evoke a complex concept of an act in which the boundary between the legal, the religious and the moral is blurred. Transgression is usually a sign that a normative attitude is actively maintained in a community. The Latin term transgressio may refer to both formal norms, such as law, and to informal norms, such as social norms, mores, conventions and taboos. In the latter case, the transgressive act is often the only occasion on which the existence of norm makes itself felt.

The sessions that we propose are a follow-up to the ICM 2021 panels on medieval metaphors of illness. As previously, we aim to provide a forum for scholars to reflect on the variation and functions of metaphors in the writing of the Middle Ages. We invite original contributions that critically examine the role that metaphors played in medieval discourse. Although Medieval Latin is taken as the point of departure, we welcome comparative analyses of vernacular texts, including translations and adaptations.

Main topics

Topics include (but are not limited to):

1. Expressing transgression

  • How was transgression expressed in Medieval Latin (transgredi, praevaricare, excedere, deviare etc.) and vernacular languages?

  • Transgressionis contagio: how does one get infected with transgression or complex and mixed metaphors.

  • Hebr. עָבַר – Gr. παραβαίνω – Lat. transgredior: transgression in translation.

2. What do transgressors actually transgress?

  • Transgressio mandati: sin and religious norm

  • Statuti transgressores: legal norms

  • Metas scribendi transgredi: linguistic norms and norms of thought

  • Trangressing informal norms: social rules, mores, conventions, taboos etc.

3. Medieval frame of trangression: norm – deviance – a deviant – sanction.

Submission guidelines

Submission Please submit a 200-300-word abstract to the session organizer (krzysztof.nowak@ijp.pan.pl)

by September 16, 2021.

Session organizer and selection committee

  • Krzysztof Nowak, Department of Medieval Latin Institute of PolishLanguage, Polish Academy of Sciences

Places

  • Leeds, Britain

Date(s)

  • Thursday, September 16, 2021

Attached files

Contact(s)

  • Krzysztof Nowak
    courriel : krzysztof [dot] nowak [at] ijp [dot] pan [dot] pl

Information source

  • Krzysztof Nowak
    courriel : krzysztof [dot] nowak [at] ijp [dot] pan [dot] pl

To cite this announcement

« Crossing Metaphorical Boundaries: Transgression in Medieval Discourse », Call for papers, Calenda, Published on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, https://calenda.org/904679

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