The Reading and Reception of the Homeric Poems and the Nibelungenlied in Germany and Europe from the Eighteenth Century to the Present

Saturday, 25 May 2024
Organised by John Butcher (Meran Academy, South Tyrol) together with Oxford Medieval Studies

The workshop is open to all with no attendance fee. The papers will also be livestreamed. Please register your interest by emailing John Butcher; for online attendance, a link will be sent out 24 hours in advance. A selection of the papers and the two guided tours will also later be made available as podcasts.

10.15-13.05 Taylor Institution Library (St Giles’, Oxford OX1 3NA), Room 2. Workshop chaired by Nigel Wilson and Henrike Lähnemann

Chair: Nigel Wilson

10.15-10.20 Welcome – John Butcher

10.20-10.40 Angus Bowie (University of Oxford) – A Homerist on Looking into the Nibelungenlied: Cortés or a Panamanian? 

10.40-11.00 John Butcher (Meran Academy) – Henry Fuseli, Homer and the Nibelungenlied 

11.00-11.20 Andrea Doda (University of Oxford) – Power and Passion: The Role of Women (and Female Figures) in Homer and the Nibelungenlied

11.20-11.35 Discussion I

11.35-11.50 Break

Chair: Henrike Lähnemann

11.50-12.10 Joanna Raisbeck (University of Verona) – Between Homer and the Nibelungenlied: Literary and Aesthetic Debates in Heidelberg around 1800

12.10-12.30 Alan Murray (University of Leeds) – Chivalric Warfare and Heroic Combat in the Nibelungenlied   

12.30-12.50 Christoph Schmitt-Maaß (University of Oxford) – The Reception of the Nibelungenlied in Eighteenth-century Leipzig

12.50-13.05 Discussion II

13.15-14.00 Lunch  

14.00-15.00 Weston Library (Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG), Bahari Room – First viewing of Homeric manuscripts with Peter Tóth and Nigel Wilson (no more than twenty participants) 

15.00-16.00 Weston Library (Broad Street, Oxford OX1 3BG), Bahari Room – Second viewing of Homeric manuscripts with Peter Tóth and Nigel Wilson (no more than twenty participants)  

16.15-17.30 Taylor Institution Library, Voltaire Room. Guided tour of an exhibition of editions of the Homeric poems and the Nibelungenlied with Mary Boyle (University of Oxford); drinks reception  

Image: Johann Heinrich Füssli: Kriemhild mourns Siegfried (1805)