IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 117: Perceptions of Youth and Age in Medieval Literature

Monday 11 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:The Partonopeus de Blois Electronic Edition Project
Organiser:Penny Eley, Department of French, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Penny Eley, Department of French, University of Sheffield
Paper 117-aYoung and Old in Partonopeus de Blois and its Adaptations
(Language: English)
Penny Simons, Department of French, University of Sheffield
Philip A. Shaw, School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 117-cSouls of the Stage: Children in French Mystery Plays
(Language: English)
Mario B. Longtin, Department of French Studies, University of Western Ontario
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Performance Art - Drama
Abstract

This session explores perceptions of youth and age across a broad range of texts and genres from the twelfth to the fifteenth centuries. Simons and Shaw consider the portrayal of old and young in the Old French Partonopeus de Blois and its adaptations in various medieval languages. Kinoshita explores the relationship between the hero and his father in Aucassin et Nicolette against the background of the Occitan Chanson de la Croisade albigeoise. Longtin focuses on the use of children to represent the souls of the departed in French mystery plays, drawing on stage directions and contemporary visual accounts.