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Medieval Studies Alumni Lecture Series: Karen Lurkhur

Event Type
Lecture
Sponsor
Program in Medieval Studies
Virtual
wifi event
Date
Oct 14, 2021   5:00 - 6:30 pm  
Speaker
Karen Lurkhur
Registration
Registration
Contact
Renée R. Trilling
E-Mail
trilling@illinois.edu
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Medieval Icelandic Bodies in Tristram ok Ísodd

 

In the Old French and Middle High German Tristan romances, the hero suffers from a number of physical traumas that symbolize his emotional suffering. In the Old Icelandic version of this work, the Saga af Tristram ok Ísodd, however, the hero’s injuries are both more lurid and suggestive, but the saga treats them more as spectacle than as symbol. This attitude towards the hero’s wounds is shaped by the use of the grotesque in the construction of male bodies in the Old Icelandic family sagas.

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