A Portuguese History of Water: The Maritime Imagination in Medieval and Early Modern Literature
The lecture will be held in English.
This talk explores the sea as a principle of literary creation in medieval and early modern Portugal. It asks how the ocean and seafaring shape poetic and historiographic thought, and how the decades of maritime expansion (especially in the sixteenth century) create a collective, literary subjectivity based on the sea. In effect, the talk ponders the relationship between maritime experience and literary culture, and discovers affinities between textual genres and imaginative and scientific writings. The chronological range covered in the talk spans the thirteenth to the late sixteenth centuries.
Workshop for graduate and postgraduate students directed by the guest speaker
The day after the lecture, a workshop directed by the guest speaker will take place in which graduate and postgraduate students may participate after signing up.
Oceanic Portugal and the Maritime Subject
The workshop will be held in English.
Attending the lecture the day prior to the workshop is mandatory as regards the participation in the workshop. All registered participants will receive the texts to be discussed a few days prior to the workshop.
GLOBAL HUMANITIES DISTINGUISHED LECTURE SERIES
This lecture is part of the Global Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series within the Thematic Network ‘Principles of Cultural Dynamics’. The PCD network is based at the Dahlem Humanities Center of Freie Universität Berlin and brings together international scholars from six partner institutions: Harvard University, Johns Hopkins University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hebrew University of Jerusalem, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales and Freie Universität Berlin.
Apart from formats like mobility initiatives, summer schools and workshops, the Global Humanities Distinguished Lecture Series pertains to the PCD network’s program. Under the umbrella of this lecture series, leading scholars from the humanities discuss various aspects of cultural processes, changes and innovations throughout all historical eras.
Time & Location
May 19, 2014 | 06:00 PM c.t.
Freie Universität Berlin „Rostlaube“, Seminarzentrum, Raum L 116, Habelschwerdter Allee 45, 14195 Berlin-Dahlem