IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1211: Readers and Writers of the Middle English Brut, I

Wednesday 16 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Raluca Radulescu, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Trinity College, Dublin
Moderator/Chair:Raluca Radulescu, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Trinity College, Dublin
Paper 1211-aThe Brut and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
(Language: English)
Julia Marvin, Program of Liberal Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1211-bHistory and Chivalry in the Middle English Brut
(Language: English)
S. Carole Weinberg, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval
Paper 1211-cRhetoric and Authority in the 1440-1461 Yorkist Brut Continuation
(Language: English)
William Marx, Department of English, University of Wales, Lampeter
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Manuscripts and Palaeography

Source study, manuscript, and interpretation are keys to understanding writing national history and its impact in these three papers, which focus on an analysis of the connections between the prose Brut and the peculiarly insular, “historical” world (and world-view) of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, a study of the readership of the Brut through a closer look at specific owners and and interpretive agendas revealed in half of the 200 extant manuscripts, and an interpretation of strategies of propaganda, and rhetorical techniques used to impose Yorkist authority on the narrative of 1440-1461 contained in Aberystwyth NLW MS 21608 and Oxford Bod. Lib.MS Lyell 34.