IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 702: Tensions between Rhetoric and Political Context in the Major Poems of Robert Henryson

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:The Robert Henryson Society
Organiser:Morna R. Fleming, Robert Henryson Society, Dumfermline
Moderator/Chair:Morna R. Fleming, Robert Henryson Society, Dumfermline
Paper 702-aAuthor-ising Royal Power: The Politics of the Lyoun and the Mous
(Language: English)
Roderick J. Lyall, Obleidung Engelsee Tallen Letterkunde, Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Political Thought, Rhetoric
Paper 702-b'Not al grunded vpon truth': Discipline and Relaxation in the Poetry of Robert Henryson
(Language: English)
R. James Goldstein, Department of English, Auburn University, Alabama
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Rhetoric, Sermons and Preaching
Abstract

The speakers will explore the tensions between the rhetorical styles and the political, legal and religious contexts of the narratives, with particular reference to the major poems: ‘The Morall Fabillis’, ‘The Testament of Cresseid’ and ‘Orpheus and Eurydice’. All three speakers will examine, from different perspectives, the evolution of critical interpretations of these medieval texts, foregrounding the poet’s treatment of contemporary conceptualisations of power and authority.