IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1122: The Sheer Cheek!: Three Perspectives on Youth and Rebellion

Wednesday 15 July 2009, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Bartholomeus Society for Medieval Studies
Organiser:Geert van Iersel, Bartholomew's Society / Fontys Hogescholen, Tilburg
Moderator/Chair:Ben Parsons, School of English, University of Leicester
Paper 1122-aThere's a Good Boy: Teaching Proper Behaviour from MSS Hunter 258 and 259
(Language: English)
Fraser J. Dallachy, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Education, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Latin, Mentalities
Paper 1122-bTwenty-Five Ploughs and One Beard: Land Ownership and Violent Rebellion in the Tale of Gamelyn
(Language: English)
Geert van Iersel, Bartholomew's Society / Fontys Hogescholen, Tilburg
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Law, Mentalities
Abstract

This session offers perspectives on the twin themes of youth and rebellion. Although the edifying texts in MSS Hunter 258 and 259 and the Tale of Gamelyn may draw on different literary traditions, they all reflect a tendency for the young to resist the norms and ideologies imposed on them by their elders, as well as a need for society to contain the resultant risk of subversion and dissent. Conjoined, the papers invite the audience to reflect on the nature of social and spiritual cohesion, and the emergence of alternative modes of conduct.