IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 508: Town and Country: Historic People and Places in Fictional Narratives

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 09.00-10.30

Moderator/Chair:Alaric Hall, Helsinki Collegium for Advanced Studies, University of Helsinki
Paper 508-aWolves in the North: The Presence of Irish Wolfhounds in Fiction
(Language: English)
Julie Pridmore, Department of English Studies, University of South Africa, Pretoria
Index terms: Hagiography, Historiography - Modern Scholarship

Paper -a:
This paper aims to examine the presence of the Irish wolfhound in modern fictional texts using as starting point Sharon Penman’s comprehensive book The Sunne in Splendour (1982) and other works on Richard, Duke of Gloucester, later Richard III and his particular involvement with this breed in hunting wolves on the Scottish border and in the domestic life of Middleham castle. I also aim to examine the specific hagiography which links Richard and his contemporaries to the wolfhound in modern literary and visual texts.