Grouped by IMC Programming Committee
Abstract Paper -a:
Medieval region is a complex notion. Is there any connection between political, administrative, ecclesiastic borders? How to define ‘the geography of medieval regional writing tradition’? Is it determined by either political, administrative, ecclesiastic or dialect’s boundaries? So, what is the methodology of geographic linguistics in history of language? It is evident that we can not use methodology of modern dialectology because the main sources are manuscripts that, like written sources, don’t reflect a ‘pure’ dialect. The object of my studies is a medieval Normandy, an outstanding French province, known for its enormous influence upon the history and literature of France.
Abstract Paper -b:
Gerald of Wales’ quartet of ethnographic texts on Ireland and Wales are extant in a number of manuscripts. However, hitherto, little attention has been paid to the transmission of these popular late-twelfth century texts in England in the Later Middle Ages. Provenance information, marginal annotations and other codicological evidence offer a wealth of information on reading practices and interests that has largely been unexplored. The main focus of the paper will be the manuscript dissemination of these texts from the late-thirteenth to the early-fifteenth centuries, with particular attention on the dissemination of the Topography of Ireland.
Abstract Paper -c:
Medieval Irish narrative has commonly been dealt with as imaginative fiction, and although this has been a very productive approach recent research has indicated that medieval scholars treated it as history from as early as the eleventh century. This paper will examine the adaption of the principles of medieval European historiography to the Irish context, and explore how Irish scholars (re)constructed the past using a combination of established western historical methodology and vernacular tradition.