IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1608: Arresting Developments: Character and Characterization in Medieval Narrative

Thursday 13 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Caroline A. Jewers, Department of French & Italian, University of Kansas
Moderator/Chair:F. Regina Psaki, Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon
Paper 1608-a'Le Diable au corps': Saintly Self-Improvement in Robert le Diable
(Language: English)
Robert Clark, Department of Modern Languages, Kansas State University / Laboratoire de médiévistique de Paris, Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS)
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 1608-bExogamy and Trauma in Adenet le Roi's Berte as grans pies
(Language: English)
Nancy A. Jones, Independent Scholar, Newton, Massachusetts
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 1608-cThe Anatomy of Melancholy: Tristan in Italian Prose Romance
(Language: English)
F. Regina Psaki, Department of Romance Languages, University of Oregon
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Italian
Paper 1608-dGuilt-Edged Heroes: Prime Movers of the Chanson de geste
(Language: English)
Caroline A. Jewers, Department of French & Italian, University of Kansas
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Abstract

In four integrated papers, we assess how character and characters are constructed in French and Italian epic and romance. Our particular focus is on how rhetorical techniques and narrative strategies create an inner life for protagonists, embedded in an exterior world that frames their struggle and progress.