IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 711: Always on my Mind: Memory and Identity in Late Medieval Britain

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Organiser:Kate Ash, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:David Matthews, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Paper 711-aRemembering the Nation: The Visionary Agenda of The Wallace
(Language: English)
Kylie Murray, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities
Paper 711-bReassembling What Has Been Lost: Bower's Introduction to the Coupar Angus Scotichronicon
(Language: English)
Kate Ash, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities
Paper 711-cHow Can We Forget?: Albina and Changing Practices of memoria
(Language: English)
Anke Bernau, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Middle English
Abstract

Memory, Nancy Wood remarks, is ‘decidedly in fashion’. Yet, she suggests, it has also become ‘a subject of intense contestation’ and ‘an essential bulwark’ of identity politics. The purpose of this session is to explore the ways in which memory should be considered a crucial aspect of a society’s sense of itself. Considering history, dream, and foundation myths, the three papers in this session take community identities as their central focus, at the same time as exposing the myriad ways in which memory might be invoked both to describe and prescribe those identities in the British Isles of the 15th century.