IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1118: The Idealization of Youth and the Desire for Old Age

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Connie L. Scarborough, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati
Moderator/Chair:Connie L. Scarborough, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati
Paper 1118-aFrom Perceval to Potter: Sheltered Youth Seeking Answers
(Language: English)
Kathryn Lorenz, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Spanish and Portuguese
Paper 1118-bBertran de Born's Defining Ballad of Old and Young
(Language: English)
Lowanne E. Jones, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati, Ohio
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Spanish and Portuguese
Paper 1118-cCelestina: The Power of Old Age
(Language: English)
Connie L. Scarborough, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, University of Cincinnati
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Spanish and Portuguese
Abstract

This panel will examine three very different types of texts in which (1) youth is the ideal state and, indeed, survival of others depends on the prowess of youth, (2) the utter and definitive break between youth and old age as distinct categories rather than as chronological continuum, and (3) old age as as advantageous state which denotes experience and confers authority. The works examined are also from three distinct literary traditions: the Arthurian cycle, the troubadour poetry of southern France, and a fifteenth-century Spanish novel in dialogue.