3rd Mytheme Webinar: About Bibi, Sjov and the Fishermen. Looking for Danish Mythemes in the Late 1920s

Davide Finco (University of Genoa)

Watch online here : https://pod.unistra.fr/mythemes/video/36826-3rd-mytheme-webinar-about-bibi-sjov-and-the-fishermen-looking-for-danish-mythemes-in-the-late-1920s/

Mythemes of the North can originate from different sources, such as literary works, press reports, films, opinion surveys and so on. At the same time, media often contribute to consolidate mythemes or to discuss and dismantle them. It is relevant to assess which mythemes have resisted over time, as well as to find out relations between mythemes in an alleged consistency of the image of the North (meant as one form of the knowledge of the North). Another meaningful perspective, however, might be that of comparing different representations of the North, or even of a single nation/culture, in works published in the same period, if not the same year.

This paper has the purpose to consider specific case studies, which display both evident similarities and essential differences: as indicated in the title, all works came out in the period 1927-1929 and they all offer, more or less explicitly, an image of Denmark and its people: : Karin Michaëlis’ Bibi. En lille Piges Liv (1927, 1929), Hans Kirk’s Fiskerne (1928) and Jens August Schade’s Sjov i Danmark (1928).Moreover, all works own a peculiar place in the respective author’s literary production. On the other hand, they belong to very different genres, like children’s literature, realist novel, surrealist poem. While taking all elements (potential mythemes) of Denmark contained in these works into account and connecting and comparing them, my contribution is at least an experimental attempt to investigate the image of Denmark in three famous literary works of the same period, at most a way to explore the potentialities of an approach lead by the theory of mythemes.


International Webinar: Mythemes of the North – Autumn 2020

October 15th , 6 pm                     
Alessandra Ballotti, Claire McKeown, Thomas Mohnike, and Pierre-Brice Stahl:
Exploring Mythemes
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November 19th , 6 pm
Thomas Mohnike (University of Strasbourg) :              
Tracing Mytheme Change. Report from the Mytheme Laboratory
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December 17th , 6 pm   
Davide Finco (University of Genoa):
About Bibi, Sjov and the Fishermen. Looking for Danish Mythemes in the Late 1920s
>> Watch the Video online

January 22nd 2020 , 6 pm              
Alessandra Ballotti (University of Upper Alsace):
Political and Social Mythemes in Ibsen’s first Italian Critical Reception
At: https://unistra.adobeconnect.com/lce-mytheme

The webinars will be held every third Thursday of the month from 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. (Central European Time) at https://unistra.adobeconnect.com/lce-mytheme. Everyone is welcome to join and to participate in the discussion. The presentations will be made available soon after on our website.

Alessandra Ballotti (Lorraine University), Claire McKeown (Lorraine University),
Thomas Mohnike (University of Strasbourg), and Pierre-Brice Stahl (Sorbonne University).

Mapping Snorra-Edda

First published , rewritten and updated June 22, 2020

Trying to understand the narrative grammar of the mythèmes used in the Snorra-Edda, I analysed the 80 most frequent tokens, dismissing of course stopwords, with our mythème-laboratory. I used Rasmus Anderson’s English translation (1879), that does include all major mythological passages. I defined discs of 80 words around each search token with a sample coverage rate of less than 50%. Only those words are retained where the number of words in the work is greater than 20 and the over-representation coefficient in the sample is greater than 1.2. The radius of the discs may be automatically reduced to comply with the limit specified for the recovery rate. See the details here. I imported the data to gephi, interpreting the search token as source node and the tokens significant defining tokens as target. Weight of edges corresponds to the CSRR, that is the normalized importance of the coefficient of over-representation. In order to gain a readable layout, I ran the Force-Atlas-layout-algorithm.

A first map places the used mythèmes quite nicely in the context of other mythemes used in the same context: As in the text, Har and Gangleri are highly connected, as they are dialoging throughout the text as are the place of the hall as the location of telling stories. Loke and Thor are undertaking journeys together, accompanied of Thor’s hammer and liked both to the Aesir and the giants. God, heaven, earth and the world are put together and with these mythemes questions of cosmology. Odin is linked too questions of kingdom and fatherhood. Spots in dark green have a high degree, that is are highly connected to others, spots in light green less.

In the above map, giants seem to take an important place. To verify the centrality of the different mythèmes, I run the algorithms that define centrality of the different nodes assigned colors and font size according to the centrality of the elements in the graph. The degrees of the nodes were weighted. The next three graphs show three different resulting variants. Attention : the orientation of the map has changed as I rerun several algorithms, but the general structure remained unchanged. Dark blue nodes are central.

Map with Closeness Centrality as central theme
Map with Betweeness Centrality as central theme
Map with Eigenvector Centrality as central theme

Data at Mythème-laboratory : https://mythemes.u-strasbg.fr/w/index.php/Ref:1879_SNORRE%E2%80%99S_EDDA#tab=L_27_C5_93uvre.

Thomas Mohnike

Les savoirs du Nord. Approches papier et numériques // The knowledge of the North. Paper and digital approaches

13 mars 2020

9h30-10h introduction
10h-10h45 Daniel Chartier (Montréal) : L’imaginaire du Nord comme système de signes: outils logiciels pour l’étude du Nord comme archive et patrimoine
10h45-11h30 Alexandre Simon-Ekeland (Oslo) : Etudier la géographie imaginée des régions polaires à travers la presse française (1870-1940)
11h30-12h15 Alexandre Zeitler (Strasbourg): A digital approach to the discursive construction of national identity: the example of the Sámi council’s declarations.
12h15-14h Pause-midi
14h-14h45 Troy Wellington Smith (Berkely): Reconstructing the Knowledge of Kierkegaard’s Readership on Paper
14h45-15h30 Davide Finco (Gène) : Danish Mythemes of the Late 1920s: Karin Michaëlis’ Bibi. En lille Piges Historie (1927, 1929), Hans Kirk’s Fiskerne (1928) and Jens August Schade’s Sjov i Danmark (1928).
15h30-16h Pause-café
16h-16h45 Anders Löjdström (Lille) : Selma Lagerlöf, un mythème du Nord ?
16h45-18h Thomas Mohnike (Strasbourg), Alessandra Ballotti (Mulhouse), Claire McKeown (Nancy) : Mythèmes in action

14 mars 2020

9h-9h45 Alessandra Orlandini Carcreff (Sorbonne Université) : Le dieu forgeron. Histoire d’une divinité-mythème
9h45-10h30 Virgine Adam (Sorbonne Université): Blóðörn: l’aigle de sang dans les nouveaux médias
10h30-11h Pause-café
11h-11h45 Maria Hansson (Sorbonne Université) : L’image du folkhem dans les médias à travers l’étude du film suédois Border (Gräns).
11h45-12h30 Valentine Royaux (Strasbourg) : La diffusion des représentations égalitaires scandinaves : le cas de la Suède et de Mirror’s Edge
12h30 Cloture
Zone de Texte: Géographie narrative de Carl von Linné. Lachesis Lapponica,
London : White and Cochrane, 1811. Généré par Th. Mohnike avec mythemes.u-strasbg.fr/w et gephi.

Les savoirs du Nord. Approches papier et numériques / The knowledge of the North. Paper and digital approaches

Organisé par / organized by Alessandra Ballotti (Mulhouse), Thomas Mohnike (Strasbourg), Pierre-Brice Stahl (Sorbonne Université)

13 & 14 mars 2020

Lieu : Université de Strasbourg, Bibliothèque nationale et universitaire de Strasbourg

Les études sur la réception et la transformation du savoir social prennent de l’ampleur ces dernières années, particulièrement dans le domaine des études sur le Nord. Les circulations du savoir du Nord, leurs interférences culturelles et réceptions mutuelles en Europe du Nord et au-delàs ont fait l’objet de plusieurs nouvelles études. A titre d’exemple, on peut citer les travaux sur l’imaginaire du Nord, sur la réception du Moyen Âge scandinave, mais également sur les réseaux internationaux de la réception du théâtre d’Ibsen, de la pédagogie scandinave ou des modèles sociétaux nordiques, etc. Ce renouveau semble être lié aux transformations du paysage médiatique qui a notamment lieu depuis le début du XIe siècle. Les moyens de la circulation du savoir ont profondément changé, ce qui invite à une réflexion sur les conditions culturelles du savoir et de son histoire. Cependant, ces transformations ont également eu une influence sur les études scientifiques elles-mêmes grâce à un accès facilité aux sources primaires et secondaires en version numérisée et aux nouvelles approches quantitatives qui transforment profondément nos méthodes de travail. Dans la suite des journées d’étude organisées depuis 2016 autour des mythèmes du Nord, nous invitons donc à réfléchir sur ces évolutions à travers des études de cas ou des réflexions théoriques.

Studies on the reception and transformation of social knowledge have gained importance in recent years, particularly in northern studies. The circulation of knowledge of the North, its cultural interference and mutual reception in Northern Europe and beyond have been the subject of new studies. For example, studies on the imaginations of the North, on the reception of the Scandinavian Middle Ages, but also on international networks of the reception of the Ibsen theatre, Scandinavian pedagogy, Nordic societal models, etc., can be mentioned. This renewal seems to be linked to the transformations of the media landscape, particularly since the beginning of the 21st century. The means of the circulation of knowledge have changed profoundly, which invites reflection on the cultural conditions of knowledge and its history. However, these transformations have also had an influence on the scientific studies themselves: easier access to primary and secondary sources in digital form and new quantitative approaches have profoundly changed our working methods. In the continuation of the workshops organized since 2016 around the mythemes of the North, we invite you to reflect on these evolutions with case studies or theoretical considerations.

Propositions de communications de 30 minutes, accompagnées d’un court CV, doivent être envoyées avant le 15 décembre à Thomas Mohnike : tmohnike@unistra.fr

Proposals for 30 minutes papers, accompanied by a short CV, should be sent before 15th December to Thomas Mohnike: tmohnike@unistra.fr