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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 225: Modernism, Postmodernism, and the Medieval Grand Narrative, I: The Marriage of Theory and Praxis

Monday 13 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Michael Kulikowski, Department of History, Pennsylvania State University
Moderator/Chair:Carol Symes, Department of History, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Paper 225-aDoomed Window-Shopping in Late Antique Gaul: Thoughts on the Literary Study of Historiography
(Language: English)
Joaquín Martínez Pizarro, Department of English, State University of New York, Stony Brook
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Comparative, Learning (The Classical Inheritance), Rhetoric
Paper 225-bThe Uses of the Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Jeff Rider, Department of Romance Languages & Literatures, Wesleyan University, Connecticut
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Comparative
Paper 225-cDialogue, Interlocution, or Just Plain Cultural History?: What (If Anything) Do We Mean by 'Interdisciplinarity'?
(Language: English)
Guy Halsall, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Archives and Sources, Historiography - Modern Scholarship

One of a pair of sessions devoted to exploring the implications of postmodern critical theory for medieval studies and, more specifically, its impact on medieval history - and part of a larger series to be featured at the meetings of the American Historical Association and the Medieval Academy of America in 2009. How have medieval metanarratives been built up in response to modern agendas? To what extent is our work still embedded in grand narratives inherited from the past? How, methodologically, can we advance into the future, using both our newfound theoretical awareness of textual mediation, on the one hand, and the scholarly paradigms of our venerable disciplines on the other?