IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1510: Medieval X-Files: From Pagan to Christian in Romance

Thursday 17 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Glasgow Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Organiser:Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Moderator/Chair:Graham D. Caie, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Paper 1510-a'Waz ist got': Religion as Social Initiation in Parzival
(Language: English)
Michael D. Amey, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - German, Lay Piety, Mentalities
Paper 1510-bMyth and Symbol in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
(Language: English)
Marco Nievergelt, Department of English Language, University of Glasgow
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities, Pagan Religions
Paper 1510-cElf-Knights, Witches, Women and Romance
(Language: English)
Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Gender Studies, Lay Piety, Mentalities, Sexuality
Abstract

Medieval romance, as has long been recognised, is poised between traditional cultures with roots in non-Christian world-views (both secular and pre-Christian) on the one hand, and the concerns of an elite theological culture on the other. This session will utilise and explore this principle, discussing how romance mediates between these competing forces of medieval culture to illuminate their relationship in medieval life. The supernatural, as an aspect of romance which is especially ideologically charged, provides the focus of the session. In particular, papers will consider supernatural lovers; the changing uses of traditional symbols; attitudes to non-Christians; and the relationship between narrative and self-perception in medieval society.