Professor Andrey L. Toporkov's lecture on Russian verbal charms on April 8, 2021
Professor Andrey L. Toporkov will give a lecture titled “Russian Handwritten Verbal Charms of the 17th and 18th Centuries: Preliminary Results and Prospects of Study” on April 8, 2021 at 12.15 (Eastern European Summer Time). The lecture will be held in Zoom environment.
Annotation of the lecture: In the culture of different European peoples, verbal charms existed parallelly in oral and handwritten traditions. In accordance with this, they are currently studied, on the one hand, by folklorists, cultural and social anthropologists, and on the other — by medievalists, historians and philologists, researchers of handwritten and printed books. In Russia, many magical texts have been published in recent decades; there are indexes of verbal charms and several monographs devoted to certain types of verbal charms. The purpose of the lecture is to introduce the audience to the problems of studying Russian handwritten verbal charms of the 17th and 18th centuries and to discuss the main directions of current research in this field.
Professor Andrey Toporkov works as a leading research fellow at the Department of Folklore, A. M. Gorky Institute of the World Literature, Russian Academy of Sciences. He is a Doctor in Philology and correspondent-member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. His research interests include Russian and Slavic folklore (charms, religious poetry, erotic folklore, children’s folklore, folk belief, and customs). He has also studied fakelore, the history of folklore studies, and the history of Russian literature (works of V. Ivanov and other symbolists). See: https://independent.academia.edu/AndreyToporkov
Video recording of the lecture is available at the UTTV video server.
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