IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 711: 'Liberal' Education for the Young: The Good, the Bad, and the Inimitable

Tuesday 12 July 2005, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Margaret Mary Raftery, Department of English & Classical Languages, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein
Moderator/Chair:Margaret Mary Raftery, Department of English & Classical Languages, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein
Paper 711-aCapgrave's St Katherine as a Model of Education for the Clergy
(Language: English)
Katharine Leigh Geldenhuys, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Middle English, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Sermons and Preaching
Paper 711-bInverted Arts: The Power of the Pact
(Language: English)
Margaret Mary Raftery, Department of English & Classical Languages, University of the Free State, Bloemfontein
Index terms: Education, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Dutch, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 711-cIs There an 'Education Group' in the Canterbury Tales?
(Language: English)
Brian S. Lee, Department of English, University of Cape Town
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Middle English
Abstract

The three papers offer different angles on late medieval education for the young. First, the unusually advanced education which Capgrave gives St. Katherine, including the Seven Liberal Arts, is shown to be a model for the (male) clergy. Then, the Liberal Arts are considered in the perverted form in which the devil offers them to his potential instruments in a pact. The final paper, alluding to Kittredge’s controversial identification of a ‘marriage group’ of Tales in the ‘Canterbury Tales’, investigates the possible existence of an ‘education group’, discussing four consecutive texts which touch on the upbringing of the young.