IMC 2007: Sessions

Session 817: Cities in the Literary Imagination, II: Cityscapes - (Sub-)Urban Landscapes in the Medieval Imagination

Tuesday 10 July 2007, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Department of English, King's College, University of London
Organiser:Malte Urban, Department of English, King's College London
Moderator/Chair:Malte Urban, Department of English, King's College London
Paper 817-aLos espacios imaginarios del Más Allá a través de la literatura de visiones en la Edad Media
(Language: Español)
Virginia de la Cruz Lichet, Departamento de Historia del Arte III, Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Index terms: Art History - General, Literacy and Orality, Mentalities, Theology
Paper 817-cCity and Instability in the Middle English Pearl
(Language: English)
Lucy Daniel Anderson, Department of English, New York University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Middle English

The effect of cityscapes on the creative imagination has in recent years become one of the countless concerns of contemporary cultural criticism, but surprisingly little attention has been paid to the medieval roots of the perception of urban environments. Building upon the considerable recent work on the city in the Middle Ages, this session aims to address this critical vacuum by bringing together papers that discuss the relationship of town and country in the medieval imagination. Can we sustain a belief in an ultimate and insurmountable otherness of the medieval imagination or are the medieval and postmodern views of cityscapes in fact two sides of the same coin? I welcome abstracts of papers that address the medieval perception of cityscapes, both from within the city and from the countryside, and that assess the position of the study of the medieval city within the wider disciplinary discourse in literature, history and related fields.