IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 819: Authorship and Authority: Barking Abbey and its Texts

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Organisers:Jennifer Brown, Department of English, Marymount Manhattan College, New York
Donna Alfano Bussell, Department of English, University of Illinois, Springfield
Moderator/Chair:Jennifer Brown, Department of English, Marymount Manhattan College, New York
Paper 819-aClemence and Catherine: The Cult of St Catherine in its Norman and Anglo-Norman Context
(Language: English)
Diane P. Auslander, Lehman College & Graduate Center, City University of New York
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Women's Studies
Paper 819-b'Sun num n'i vult dire a ore': The Nun of Barking and her Life of Edward the Confessor
(Language: English)
Jane Bliss, Independent Scholar, Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 819-cVoices of Saintliness in the Campsey Manuscript
(Language: English)
Laurie Postlewate, Department of French, Barnard College, Columbia University
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Women's Studies
Abstract

Barking Abbey was one of the wealthiest and most well connected convents in the 12th and 13th centuries. It not only boasted an extremely large library, it had literate, educated nuns who were reading its texts. In this session, we examine the composition of Anglo-Norman hagiography at Barking: the lives of St Catherine of Alexandria by Clemence of Barking, and Edward the Confessor by the anonymous Nun of Barking, texts which may or may not have been written by the same author. Presenters address questions of authorial voice, the dialogue between author and audience, and the importance of these saints’ cults at Barking.