IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 717: Cities in the Literary Imagination, I: Cities, Travel, and the Imagination

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Marginalia - Medieval Reading Group, University of Cambridge
Organiser:Han-Hsi Cheng, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Linda Rachel Bates, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
Paper 717-a‘How bisie they ben aboute the maze?’: A Land Survey of the Wilderness and Cityscapes in Piers Plowman
(Language: English)
Han-Hsi Cheng, Faculty of English, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Daily Life, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 717-b‘Mirabilia Urbis Romae’: Petrarch's Translation of the Eternal City
(Language: English)
William Thomas Rossiter, School of English, University of Liverpool
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Italian
Paper 717-cDreaming of Chartres
(Language: English)
Katherine Steele Brokaw, School of Social Sciences, Humanities & Arts, University of California, Merced
Index terms: Architecture - Religious, Religious Life

The aim of this session is to probe the idea of a city — as an icon or an institute of civilisation, a place or a space of everyday life — from the perspective of travel. In medieval literature, on the one hand, most itineraries cannot exclude cities as part of the chosen routes; on the other hand, the nature of a city is defined by the purpose of journey per se. Therefore, the discussion in combination of these two major themes, the urban and the locomotive, functions as a meeting place for diverse possibilities: various genres of literature and types of travel.