Lezing Natalia Petrovskaia over Peredur

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Lezing Natalia Petrovskaia over Peredur

do 28 maart 2024
Utrecht, Janskerkhof 15A, zaal 001

Natalia Petrovskaia, universitair docent en assistant professor Keltisch (Departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie, Universiteit Utrecht), zal op 28 maart een lezing houden voor het Utrecht University Centre for Medieval Studies. Het wordt de vijfde lezing in de lezingenreeks 2023–2024 en zal aan het eind of de middag, tussen 15:15 en 17:00, plaatsvinden.

De titel van haar lezing luidt: ‘Understanding Historia Peredur vab Efrawc: disentangling a Welsh text from the Grail romance‘.


Traditionally, the medieval Welsh tale Historia Peredur vab Efrawc (Story of Peredur son of Efrawc) often referred to as Peredur for short, has been seen as one of the Welsh equivalents of the late twelfth-century verse romances by Chrétien de Troyes. In this instance, the text was taken to be an adaptation of the story of Perceval, known also as the Conte du graal (Story of the Grail). Seen as an adaptation, the Welsh text has not received wide critical attention (or much acclaim), as it appeared to be full of inconsistencies, seemed to contain multiple interpolations, and, crucially, featured no Grail.

This lecture, introducing some of the arguments put forward in Petrovskaia’s recent book, This is Not a Grail Romance (University of Wales Press, 2023), will demonstrate that Peredur is not a badly unified single narrative, but rather a series of internally consistent episodes, rich with local detail which would have been amply appreciated by its original audiences, and anchored in medieval Welsh laws, customs, society, and geography. 

Link: https://www.uu.nl/agenda/lezing-natalia-petrovskaia-understanding-historia-peredur-vab-efrawc