Material Roots: Objectification of Vernacular Myth Poetry

Tuukka Karlsson (University of Helsinki)

Kalevala-metric poetry, a Finnic oral-poetic system of various genres, has received much attention from Finnish scholars since 18th century. During the 19th century, when the efforts for collecting especially myth poetry from the areas of Eastern Finland, Karelia and Ingria were in their heyday, the meter was actively used to communicate in various genres. In some geographic areas, mythic themes and meanings carried with the poetic system retained their social relevance until the advent of modernization during the first decades of the 20th century. The paper examines objectification and conceived materiality of Kalevala-metric poems in vernacular and institutional discourse.

Part of 05-13 Material Narratives, Friday, November 03, 10:30 am–12:30 pm