IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 425: The Past and the Future: A Round Table Discussion in Memory of Derek Brewer

Monday 13 July 2009, 19.30-20.30

Organiser:Alfred Hiatt, School of English, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Richard Barber, Boydell & Brewer, Woodbridge
Abstract

Derek Brewer (1923-2008) was a scholar of medieval literature whose teaching and research enlightened generations of students. He was also a prolific publisher whose specialist imprint helped many academics take their first step on their chosen career. Having started his academic career in Chaucer studies (amongst his many publications are a scholarly edition of The Parliament of Fowls [1960], as well as Chaucer and his World [1978, still in print] and A New Introduction to Chaucer [1998]), Derek expanded his research interests to include a wide range of investigations of narrative, as exemplified in some 170 articles and notes on late medieval literature, edited volumes on Chaucer and Malory, the groundbreaking Symbolic Stories (1980), and an invaluable anthology of historical commentary on Chaucer for the Critical Heritage series.

This round table discussion aims to celebrate Derek’s many contributions to the study of English Literature, medieval studies more generally, and academic publishing – as well as looking forward to future developments in these areas.

Participants of this round table include Elizabeth Archibald (University of Bristol), Charlotte Brewer (University of Oxford), Helen Cooper (University of Cambridge), and Toshiyuki Takamiya (Keio University).