Doing Memory: Medieval Saints and Heroes and Their Afterlives in the Baltic Sea Region (19th-20th Centuries) (Hardcover)

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Doing Memory: Medieval Saints and Heroes and Their Afterlives in the Baltic Sea Region (19th-20th Centuries) (Hardcover)

By Cordelia Heß (Editor), Gustavs Strenga (Editor)

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This anthology is about the representations and uses of medieval saints, heroes, and heroic events as elements of popular, local, and national culture during the 19th and 20th centuries in the Baltic Sea region: Scandinavia, Finland, Baltic countries, Northern Germany and North-Western Russia. Authors examine the processes of how medieval saints and heroes have been remembered, commemorated, interpreted, used, and reflected during modernity, and by whom. The focus of the anthology is on "doing" memory as a practice that commemorated the past and shaped spaces and identities in the present. It approaches the memory of saints and heroes, for example, Swedish Saints Birgitta and Eric, Danish Saint Knud, Kyivan Princess Olga, Swedish military leader in Finland Tyrgils Knutsson, Liv/Latvian warrior Imanta and Holsatian count Gerhard III as a shared heritage and as part of national, local and popular culture. The anthology contributes to the understanding of the Baltic Sea region through the study of saints, cults and heroic representations in the longue dur e between the Middle Ages and modernity. It also adds nuance to the use of popular concepts of memory studies, particularly an update of Pierre Nora's lieux de m moire.

Product Details ISBN: 9783111350622
ISBN-10: 3111350622
Publisher: de Gruyter
Publication Date: April 22nd, 2024
Pages: 310
Language: English