Ojārs Lāms

Ojārs Lāms
University of Latvia | LU · Department of Latvian and Baltic Studies

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In the broad tradition of the Latvian historical novel, which has flourished in recent decades, the authors have a strong tendency to focus either on ancient history up to the 13th century or on events important to the Latvian nation in the 19th and 20th centuries. Writers are less interested in the era of humanism in the 16th and 17th centuries wh...
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This paper deals with the contemporary migration experience as seen through the subjective lens of a literary text. The analysis focuses on the novel Stroika with a London View by the Latvian diaspora writer William B. Foreignerski (Vilis Lācītis in the Latvian version). Foreignerski combines the portrayal of proletarians’ survival with entertainin...
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[straipsnis ir santrauka anglų kalba, santrauka lietuvių kalba] Salomonas Frenzelis, XVI a. humanistas, paskutinius savo gyvenimo metus praleidęs Rygoje, propemptikone De vera nobilitate vartoja įvairių mitologinių ir realių gyvūnų įvaizdžius. Šie įvaizdžiai pasitelkiami kalbant apie aukštuomenės išsilavinimą ir santykį tarp nobilitas generis ir n...
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The collected efforts of the national romanticists mark a longing for one’s own path within the Latvian cultural landscape, and emphasise the use and understanding of geography and space. The goal of this study is to ascertain – whether and how the created geo-spatiality of the national romanticists stands within the context of Eastern Latvia, whic...
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19. gadsimtā latviešu pirmās rakstnieku un kultūras darbinieku paaudzes, kuras savā daiļradē un darbībā pievēršas Latvijas tēla un latviešu kopīgās pasaules konstruēšanai, ģeotelpiskajā priekšstatos par Latviju uzmanību pievērš tādai ģeogrāfisko vietu un vides modeļu izvēlei, kuri Latvijas koptēlā ļauj ieraudzīt arī Austrumlatviju. Austrumlatvijas...
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The image of Hyperboreans describes the Northeast border of Europe that has historically been in a pendular state between the cultural values of the West, East, and local pagan ones. Early modern times were a crucial period in the shaping of regional identity features as at that particular time Livonian Order collapsed and Livonia was devastated by...
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The focus of this article is on the prolific and variegated translation possibilities of the substantivations of Ancient Greek in the text under translation into Latvian – Aristotle’s „Rhetoric”. The potential translations of Ancient Greek substantivations are examined from the viewpoint of conversion, elliptic substantivations and substantivated s...
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This article describes a general overview of a particular approach of translating an Ancient Greek text into Latvian. The translators (of whom the authors of the article are a part) have devised a translational approach, which sets as its goal the elimination of unnecessary influences of historically predominant intermediary languages (e.g. German,...
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The problem of rendering Ancient Greek proper names into Latvian is as old as the written Latvian language itself. Respectively, this problem has been studied on a wide scale, but still the new translations of ancient texts force to review the former and current renditions and reevaluate them. Historically a significant impact on the principles of...

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Funding institution: Latvian Council of Science Funding number: lzp-2019/1-0259 Acronym: FLPP-2019-1 This project aims at the reactualization of the Neo-Latin heritage of Riga Humanists of the 16th and 17th centuries. This will be done by creating a digital database of representative texts and a formal and contextual analysis of their work in the shape of extended case studies. The overarching objective of this project is to go beyond the current status quo in local Neo-Latin and Early Modern studies in order to develop a wider recognition of Riga and Baltic Humanism and to make their heritage readily accessible, as the hard-to-access material is one of the reasons why this branch of Renaissance humanism has been overlooked, underresearched or even unresearched even in the context of Nordic Humanism and Northern Renaissance. By doing so this project will uncover its ties with a wider context of humanism and its textual production, and research its role in the development of the local adoption of European values and identity at the time, that still plays an important historical and contemporary role in the idenitfication of the cultural and geographical borders of Europe both in Latvia and in Europe.