Session Title

Neither Here nor There: The In-Betweenness of Venice in Late Medieval Pilgrims' Accounts

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Toni Veneri

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Presider Name

Matthew Boyd Goldie

Presider Affiliation

Rider Univ.

Paper Title 1

The Politics and Pageantry of Martin da Canal's Les estoires de Venise

Presenter 1 Name

Ashley P. Holt

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Louisiana State Univ.

Paper Title 2

A Journey to the Centers of the Earth: Venice as Metropolitan Space in Arnold of Harff's Pilgrimage Narrative

Presenter 2 Name

Mareike Elisa Reisch

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Stanford Univ.

Paper Title 3

Venetian Chronotopes on the Way to the Holy Land: The German Pilgrims' Experience

Presenter 3 Name

Raoul Marc Etienne DuBois

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. Zürich

Paper Title 4

Venetian Chronotopes on the Way to the Holy Land: The Italian Pilgrims' Experience

Presenter 4 Name

Toni Veneri

Start Date

9-5-2020 10:00 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 2040

Description

On the way to the Holy Land, most roads lead through Venice. But the Laguna city is not just a stop along the pious journey. It is a point of departure and return, a place of waiting to leave and wanting to stay. A place where the alien meets the familiar, where splendor meets devotion, Venice is a place of in-betweens. This panel explores late Medieval pilgrims’ views on this dazzling city between sea and land, heaven and world, by looking into travelogues and chronicles in different languages from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century. With a major interest in the narrative construction of place and space, this panel aims at structuring a comparison between different European (German, Italian, French) pilgrims’ experiences of Venice. Both a ‘topographic’ challenge for the wanderer and a literary object for the writer, Venice stands out in this period for the emergence of a distinctive imaginary. Building on the works by Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan, Franco Cardini, Edward Muir and Shayne Legassie, the panel further seeks to assess the efficacy of the Venetian government in involving the pilgrims into the deployment of a municipal myth, while exploring interlocking practices of cartography and visual figuration. Keywords: Venice, pilgrimage, travel literature, German, Italian, French

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Neither Here nor There: The In-Betweenness of Venice in Late Medieval Pilgrims' Accounts

Fetzer 2040

On the way to the Holy Land, most roads lead through Venice. But the Laguna city is not just a stop along the pious journey. It is a point of departure and return, a place of waiting to leave and wanting to stay. A place where the alien meets the familiar, where splendor meets devotion, Venice is a place of in-betweens. This panel explores late Medieval pilgrims’ views on this dazzling city between sea and land, heaven and world, by looking into travelogues and chronicles in different languages from the thirteenth to the fifteenth century. With a major interest in the narrative construction of place and space, this panel aims at structuring a comparison between different European (German, Italian, French) pilgrims’ experiences of Venice. Both a ‘topographic’ challenge for the wanderer and a literary object for the writer, Venice stands out in this period for the emergence of a distinctive imaginary. Building on the works by Elisabeth Crouzet-Pavan, Franco Cardini, Edward Muir and Shayne Legassie, the panel further seeks to assess the efficacy of the Venetian government in involving the pilgrims into the deployment of a municipal myth, while exploring interlocking practices of cartography and visual figuration. Keywords: Venice, pilgrimage, travel literature, German, Italian, French

Toni Veneri