IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1005: Chivalry Revisited and Arthur Transformed: In Memory of Elspeth Kennedy, I

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Society for the Study of Mediaeval Languages and Literatures
Organiser:Helen J. Swift, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Richard W. Kaeuper, Department of History, University of Rochester, New York
Paper 1005-aTransformations of Merlin
(Language: English)
Miranda Griffin, St Catharine's College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 1005-bChivalry versus Lordship: The Arthurian Romance and the Failing King
(Language: English)
Laura Ashe, Department of English, Queen Mary, University of London
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Political Thought
Paper 1005-cThe Waning of the Grail: René d'Anjou's Dream of Love and Chivalry in the Cuer d'Amour Espris
(Language: English)
Marco Nievergelt, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Rhetoric

Contributors address texts and themes that were central to Elspeth’s research interests. Speakers interrogate these themes in a context of change and transformation: shifting representations of Merlin, troubled relationships between chivalry and lordship in Arthurian romance, and the transposition of the quest motif in a later-15th-century dream-vision narrative. The session includes scholars with a range of experience, from long-established post holders to postgraduates, and from a variety of disciplines: French, English, and History. Thus tribute is offered to Elspeth’s commitment to nurturing young scholarship and to the diversity of scholarly relationships she entertained during her career.