IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1518: Constructing Authority in Older Scots Texts from Henryson to Montgomery

Thursday 17 July 2003, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:School of English Studies, University of Nottingham
Organiser:Joanna Martin, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Nicola Rose Royan, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham
Paper 1518-aRobert Henryson and the Anxiety of Influence: The Case of Orpheus
(Language: English)
Alessandra Petrina, Departmento Lingue & Lett. Anglo-Germaniche, Facultà di Lettere & Filosofia, Università di Padova
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Philosophy
Paper 1518-bAmorous Kings in Older Scots Poetry
(Language: English)
Joanna Martin, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Politics and Diplomacy, Sexuality
Paper 1518-cVoices of Experience and Authority from Lindsay to Montgomery
(Language: English)
Katherine Anne McClune, St John's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Political Thought, Sexuality
Abstract

This session focuses on constructions of authority, literary and political, in late medieval Scottish poetry. Paper One is concerned with Robert Henryson’s Orpheus and Eurydice and the poet’s complex negotiations of authoritative texts and traditions in this reworking of a classical legend. Paper Two explores three distinctive representations of the impact of sexuality on royal authority, returning to Henryson’s Orpheus, and then examining the anonymous ‘Lamentacio domini Dalphini Franciae’ and the Thre Prestis of Peblis. Paper Three draws together the themes of these two papers with reference to early 16th-century Scots literature. It addresses the authorization of the poetic voice to discuss reason and passion in relation to royal power in the works of Sir David Lyndsay and Alexander Montgomery.