IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 1625: Medieval Roads: Streets, Paths, Routes, Networks

Thursday 12 July 2007, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Valerie Allen, Department of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Moderator/Chair:Michelle M. Sauer, Department of English, Minot State University, North Dakota
Paper 1625-aVagrant Acts: York's Entry into Jerusalem and the Constitution of Community
(Language: English)
Kate Crassons, Department of English, Lehigh University, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Performance Arts - Drama, Social History
Paper 1625-bTravellers and Potholes: Rules of the Road in Medieval England
(Language: English)
Valerie Allen, Department of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Law, Social History
Paper 1625-cCrossing the Road with Margery Kempe
(Language: English)
Ruth Evans, Department of English Studies, University of Stirling
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities, Women’s Studies
Abstract

In this session, ‘Medieval Roads: Streets, Paths, Routes, Networks,’ we understand the road at all levels of interpretation: as cultural route, for pilgrimage and mystery drama cycles; in its physical construction, customs and tolls, maintenance, and safety; and as a network of connections between bodies of knowledge and disciplines. The first paper addresses the construction of civic cultural identity in the context of the York mystery plays; the second, the construction of subjects as they are shaped by law and custom of the road; and the third, the construction of social space within medieval culture itself and with reference to how medieval studies inhabits disciplinary space within the academy.