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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 309: Understanding What's Not There in Medieval French Literature

Monday 10 July 2006, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Karen G. Casebier, Department of French & Italian, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Paper 309-a'Aussy poeut memoire choisir … ce qui est mort ou absent': Understanding Mourning in Late Medieval dits
(Language: English)
Helen J. Swift, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 309-bSilence and Speech in Occitan Didactic Texts
(Language: English)
Jennifer Rudin, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 309-cEnigma in the Arthurian Romances of Chrétien de Troyes
(Language: English)
Jeff Rider, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan

Abstract paper -a: The topos of mourning present in dits by Machaut and Froissart, concerning a character’s imaginative recollection of what is no longer there, is taken up by later poets on a figurative level to articulate nuances in their relationships with earlier texts. This paper examines the mechanics of this poetics of mourning in Alain Chartier and Martin Le Franc. It focuses on how the essential features of mourning – its incompleteness and its repetitive structures – are imaginatively developed on a metatextual level to probe the processes of continuation and competition that are seen to characterise the poetic climate of fifteenth-century verse fiction.

Abstract paper -b: The Occitan 'ensenhamens' [enseignements] tell us how to act in different situations. This paper will focus on the rules of talking and not talking, the rules describing what has to be thought, but not said, and why.