IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 703: Medieval Cultural Studies

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:University of Wales Press
Organiser:David Matthews, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Stephen Knight, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Paper 703-aCheapside in the Age of Chaucer
(Language: English)
Helen Fulton, Department of English, Swansea University
Index terms: Daily Life, Economics - Urban, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 703-bSir Orfeo and Bare Life
(Language: English)
Ruth Evans, Department of English Studies, University of Stirling
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Political Thought
Paper 703-cWhat Was Medievalism?
(Language: English)
David Matthews, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

This session articulates the relevance of cultural theory to an understanding of medieval texts. Beginning with a discussion of medieval studies and 18th-century medievalism, the session explores a range of texts including Sir Orfeo, medieval English romance, and medieval English and Welsh urban poetry. The papers are theorised in terms of contemporary areas of cultural studies including medievalism, early 14th-century sovereignty, and urban space. In engaging with medieval texts and their intersections with contemporary cultural theory, the session acknowledges the pioneering work of Stephen Knight, who is chairing the session.