The 20th seminar of the Interdisciplinary network for pre-modern studies at Tartu University will be held on Monday February 11th Kristi Viiding will give a talk called:
"LATIN WRITINGS BY WOMEN IN EARLY MODERN LIVONIa"
The seminar will take place in the library of Skandinavistika (Ülikooli 17, 3rd floor, room 305) at 18.15.
Wine, bread, fruit, cheese and ham will be served.
Kristi has sent us a short presentation of the lecture:
"In European handbooks about women, in literature as well as in literary histories, the Latin literature written by women seems to reach in northeastern Europe only to Poland and Sweden. In fact, this is not true, as there are at least two women from Riga in the beginning and middle of the 17th century who wrote and published some prose texts and poems in Latin. Thus I would like to speak about some recent results of my research:
1) about a very early (end of the 16th century) educational treatise from Riga in which it was already underlined that the local gymnasium will be opened because of the demand of matronae Rigenses;
2) about the earliest (published) Latin prose texts from Riga by Gertrud Kröger (Krüger) - three prefaces to collected works of her husband, published in Riga 1614 and
3) about earliest Latin poems written by a woman in our region - Gertrud Paffrath (1655-57)."
The Pre-modern seminar is an interdisciplinary and informal seminar at Tartu University organized by the Department of Scandinavian Studies. It was founded in 2010 and has so far arranged 19 meetings with talks by scholars on different levels, both from Estonia and from abroad. The focus is on pre-1800 issues of all kinds.
Everybody is welcome!