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Old Slavonic Digenis Akritis Workshop

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The Old Slavonic Digenis Akritis: Its Origin, ‘Formulaic Style,’ and Problems of Its Edition

The workshop will explore the Old Slavonic version of the 12th-c. Byzantine “romantic epic” Digenis Akritis -- a text of considerable importance to Byzantine, Slavonic, and oral-traditional studies. The Slavonic Digenis, produced in 13th-c. Ukrainian Galicia or 14th-c. Macedonia, represents the work’s only consistently epic extension and the earliest uncontested witness of Slavonic epic composition. A distant cousin of the long-winded Grottaferrata version, it expands on the material of their concise Greek common ancestor by means of oral-traditional formulas and themes found in near-contemporary and later Greek and Slavonic folksong. It presents the editor of a critical text with a number of sui generis problems.

Robert Romanchuk (PhD Slavic, UCLA 1999) is Pribic Family Associate Professor of Slavic and Associate Chair for Undergraduate Studies in the Department of Modern Languages and Linguistics at Florida State University and a 2018–19 HURI/Ukrainian Studies Fund Research Fellow at the Harvard Ukrainian Research Institute. His fields are philology and psychoanalysis.

In the first field he has published the monograph Byzantine Hermeneutics and Pedagogy in the Russian North: Monks and Masters at the Kirillo-Belozerskii Monastery, 1397–1501 (U. Toronto Press, 2007) and a number of book chapters and journal publications, most recently chapters on the literature of Mount Athos for David Wallace’s Europe: A Literary History, 1348–1418 (Oxford UP, 2016) and on “lettered education” in Kyivan Rus for the English translation of Mykhailo Hrushevsky’s History of Ukraine-Rus', vol. 3 (ed. Frank Sysyn: CIUS, 2016). He is preparing a critical edition of the Byzantine romantic epic Digenis Akritis in its Old Slavonic translation, “The Deeds of the Brave Men of Old.”

The workshop, a collaborative undertaking of Cambridge Ukrainian Studies and Byzantine Worlds Seminar, will be led in English; all interested postgraduate students and scholars of medieval history and culture are welcome to attend. The event is free but online registration is required. Register at www.CambridgeUkrainianStudies.org by 22 October, 2018. Upon registration you will be sent pdfs of the two recommended readings that are not available on-line.

Recommended Workshop Readings:

It is particularly recommended that participants look over the reading material listed below before attending the workshop, however none of the reading is compulsory.

Secondary Readings:

(1) Jouanno, C. 2016. Shared Spaces: 1. Digenis Akritis, the Two-Blood Border Lord, in C. Cupane and B. Krönung, eds., Fictional Storytelling in the Medieval Eastern Mediterranean and Beyond. Leiden, pp. 260–84

(2) Bruni, A. 2014. The Language of the Old East Slavic Digenis Akritis. Russica Romana21, 9–41.

(3)Romanchuk, R., Shelton, L., and Goldgof, R. 2017. The Old Slavic Digenis Akritis: Free Retelling or Rhetorical Translation? Vestnik SPbU. Istoriia, 62(2), 299–308.

http://vestnik.spbu.ru/html17/s02/s02v2/07.pdf

(4) Romanchuk, R., and Birnbaum, D., eds. 2016. Digenis Akritis: Lay of the Emir. http://digenis.obdurodon.org/emir.xhtml

Primary Sources (texts and translations):

Of the Greek:

Jeffreys, E. M. 1998. Digenis Akritis: The Grottaferrata and Escorial Versions. Cambridge.

Of the Slavonic:

Tvorogov, O. V.1999. Devgenievo deianie, in D. S. Likhachev, L. A. Dmitriev, A. A. Alekseev, and N. V. Ponyrko, eds., Biblioteka literatury Drevnei Rusi, tom 3: XI-XII veka, eds. 58-91, 364-66. St. Petersburg.

http://lib.pushkinskijdom.ru/Default.aspx?tabid=4893

cf. also J. V. Haney’s English translation of Tvorogov’s compiled edition (caveat lector):

http://nauplion.net/Devgenii-Akrit.html

Participants may apply for reimbursement of costs for domestic economy train/coach travel to and from Cambridge. To apply for reimbursement, please send a brief CV and two to five-sentence statement of interest to Olga Płócienniczak, Senior Secretary, Slavonic Studies, Faculty of Modern and Medieval Languages, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge CB3 9DA at slavon@hermes.cam.ac.ukby 22 October, 2018. Please retain all your travel receipts.

Coffee, lunch and refreshments will be served during the workshop.

Preliminary Schedule:

11.00 – 11.30 Participants arrive; refreshments served

11.30 – 12.30 Seminar Discussion

12.30 – 13.00 Lunch

13.00 – 14.00 Seminar Discussion

14.00 – 14.30 Conclusions

14.30 – 15.00 Refreshments served

Queries: Rosie Finlinson, rf303@cam.ac.uk; Dr Olenka Pevny, ozp20@cam.ac.uk

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