IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 611: Rethinking the South English Legendary

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York / Hagiography Society
Organiser:Heather Blurton, Department of English UC Santa Barbara SANTA BARBARA CA 93106-3170
Moderator/Chair:Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Paper 611-aThe Repressive South English Legendary
(Language: English)
Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Hagiography, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 611-bBlack Humour in the South English Legendary
(Language: English)
Oliver Pickering, Brotherton Library, University of Leeds
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 611-c'Lite Bokes' and 'Grete Relikes': Texts and their Transmission in the South English Legendary
(Language: English)
Chloe Morgan, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

The South English Legendary is the major vernacular hagiographic collection of the English Middle Ages, with 50 or so manuscript and manuscript fragments and 296 separate items in circulation in various combinations from the 13th through the 15th centuries. Recently, the SEL has become increasingly well known as modern editions of individual texts and manuscripts are produced. Meanwhile, the hugely increased interest in hagiography and the ‘linguistic turn’ in literary studies provides a wealth of new approaches through which to view the SEL. We would like to create a fresh new platform for thinking about the SEL, sweeping away the view of the SEL as a rustic work of low-level vernacular achievement, which has hindered perceptions of the SEL as a cultural, social, and political phenomenon.