IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 1606: The Past as Present: Medieval Traditions, Tudor Politics and Tudor Poetics

Thursday 17 July 2003, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Nancy Bradley Warren, Department of English, Florida State University
Moderator/Chair:Alexandra Gillespie, Balliol College, University of Oxford
Paper 1606-aLaureate Failures: Power and Selfhood in the Poetry of Hawes, Barclay and Skelton
(Language: English)
Robert Meyer-Lee, Rhodes College / University of Notre Dame, Indiana
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 1606-bIdentity and Empire: Representing Medieval Religion and the Politics of 'Englishness' in the Tudor Age
(Language: English)
Nancy Bradley Warren, Department of English, Florida State University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Religious Life
Paper 1606-cImperial Desires and the Grex Poetarum
(Language: English)
Antony J. Hasler, Department of English, Saint Louis University, Missouri
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

The papers in this session focus on the liminal territory of the Tudor era, in which the medieval and early modern commingle. All explore ways in which aspects of the ‘medieval’ signify in complex, vital ways in the formation and representation of identities both political and poetic, both personal and national. In keeping with the conference theme of ‘power and authority’, the papers analyze ways in which medieval traditions serve and disrupt political power and literary authority. Texts under consideration range from the poetry of Bernard Andre and John Skelton to the revelations of Elizabeth Barton and monastic accounts of English history that compete with the received ‘Tudor myth’ presented in chronicles.