IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 711: Late Romantic Medievalism: Text and Scholarship

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Cardiff University
Organiser:Rob Gossedge, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Moderator/Chair:Helen Phillips, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Paper 711-aRomantic Medievalism and Anne Bannerman's Prophecy of Merlin
(Language: English)
Katie Louise Garner, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 711-bScott's Talisman and the Trauma of Antiquarianism
(Language: English)
Rob Gossedge, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Index terms: Crusades, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 711-cThe Black-Letter Pursuits of the Roxburghe Club
(Language: English)
Shayne Felice Wilson, Cardiff University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

These three papers will examine the interaction between scholarly and creative cultural production in the late romantic period. Katie Garner’s paper interrogates the conflicted notion of medievalism in terms of the Romanticists’ pre-occupation with the self and its seemingly contradictory articulation through the collective chivalric community of the past, and questions whether Romantic medievalism was a useful veil for radical articulations of selfhood, or a necessary shied from indecent exposure. Rob Gossedge’s paper reads Scott’s The Talisman in the context of both Scott’s other crusader work, as well as recent historiographical and antiquarian interest in the crusades. Shayne Wilson’s paper contextualises the Roxburghe Club’s attitude to the ‘Black-letter mania’ of the period and challenges, through a study of their early editions of medieval MSS, the dismissal of the group as ‘gentlemen antiquaries’.