IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 528: Authoring the Inter-text in Medieval Literature

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Lorna Bleach, Department of French, University of Sheffield
Moderator/Chair:Siân Lewin Prosser, Department of French, University of Sheffield
Paper 528-aThe Path of True Love Never Runs Smooth: An Intertextual Investigation of the Old French Floire et Blancheflor and Partonopeu de Blois
(Language: English)
Lorna Bleach, Department of French, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Folk Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Literacy and Orality
Paper 528-bThe Force of Florimont: Aimon de Varennes' Intertextuality
(Language: English)
Joanne Young, Department of French, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Literacy and Orality
Abstract

Medieval poets drew upon and manipulated source materials known to their audiences, skilfully weaving a web of allusion, imitation, and citation. In a culture of rewriting, authors adept at this compositional practice were able to create their own unique voice, which could in turn influence later works. The papers will examine the evidence contained in a number of manuscripts which shed light on the interface between text and inter-text, with close textual analysis of the ways in which existing characters and events were appropriated and rewritten by medieval authors.