IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1323: Good and Bad Advice in Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Christopher R. Clason, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Oakland University, Michigan
Moderator/Chair:Niels Herold, Department of English, Oakland University, Michigan
Paper 1323-aA Mother's Advice in Jean d'Arras' Roman de Melusine
(Language: English)
Stacey L. Hahn, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Oakland University, Michigan
Index terms: Education, Folk Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Women's Studies
Paper 1323-bAdvice and Dissent in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
(Language: English)
Niels Herold, Department of English, Oakland University, Michigan
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1323-cInnocence, Blunders, and Bad Advice: The Unsteady Path to Knowledge in Wolfram's Parzival
(Language: English)
Christopher R. Clason, Department of Modern Languages & Literatures, Oakland University, Michigan
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - German
Abstract

While art often supports the norm that the advice of one’s elders ought to be heeded, several literary works of the late Medieval and early Renaissance present another point of view. Certainly, if one ignores good advice the results can prove tragic; but faulty or incomplete advice can lead to dire consequences that must be mastered if the heroine/hero is to succeed; and the mode of advising can become the target of parody and satire. The three papers in this session intend to explore the literary treatment of both beneficial and detrimental advice in Jean d’Arras’ Roman de Melusine, Shakespeare’s Lear, and Wolfram’s Parzival.