IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1217: Cities in the Literary Imagination, V: Merchants and Cities in Medieval England - Life and Literature

Wednesday 11 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Wales, Bangor
Organiser:Raluca Radulescu, School of English, Bangor University
Moderator/Chair:Cory James Rushton, Department of English, St Francis Xavier University, Nova Scotia
Paper 1217-aMerchants and Traders in Medieval Outlaw Stories
(Language: English)
John Scattergood, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities
Paper 1217-bMemory and the City in Troilus and Criseyde
(Language: English)
Heather Blatt, Department of English, Fordham University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities
Paper 1217-cReclaiming the Family Property: The Marriage Dispute of Alice de Rouclif from York
(Language: English)
Sue Niebrzydowski, Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) / School of English, Bangor University
Abstract

This session investigates the ways in which merchants are represented in a variety of genres in Middle English literature. The texts scrutinised here range from medieval outlaw stories to popular romance and Chaucer’s ‘Troilus and Criseyde’, while the authors of these papers will also look at the socio-political contexts which affected the creation and reception of merchant culture and interests in the wider medieval society context. Exciting new insights into these texts will be revealed alongside challenges to the traditional view of merchants.