IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1017: Cities in the Literary Imagination, III: The Urban Dynamic in Middle English Romance

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Kate McLean, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
James P. Wade, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:James P. Wade, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
Paper 1017-aThe Gaze of the City
(Language: English)
Wanchen Tai, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Social History
Paper 1017-bPiety, Sacred Space and the Urban Readers of Middle English Romance
(Language: English)
Chloe Morgan, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Paper 1017-cUrban Squalour and Splendour: The City as a Narrative Force in Lybeaus Desconus and Bevis of Hampton
(Language: English)
Kate McLean, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Architecture - General, Language and Literature - Middle English, Social History
Abstract

This session aims to explore the geographic, symbolic, and imaginative place of the city in Middle English romance. By drawing from a range of romance texts, the three papers together investigate how urban spaces (often recognisable places in the real landscape) become narrative spaces which function as loci for interactions between various social figures and forces.