IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 531: After the Conquest: Communities, Languages, Ideals, Forms

Tuesday 2 July 2013, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Laura Ashe, Worcester College, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Elaine Treharne, Department of English, Stanford University
Paper 531-aFalling Standards?: The Collapse of 'Standard' Late West Saxon and Literary (Im)Possibility in the 12th Century
(Language: English)
Mark J. Faulkner, School of English Literature, Language & Linguistics, University of Sheffield
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 531-bCommon Languages and Common Texts in 12th-Century England
(Language: English)
Thomas O'Donnell, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Language and Literature - Latin, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 531-c'Ða ne dorste he hit na leng behealdan': Writing English Visions and Miracles after the Conquest
(Language: English)
Laura Ashe, Worcester College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Latin
Abstract

This session will address the question of literary communities (real and imagined) after the Conquest, and engage with literate practice, and particularly language choice and form, in order to assess – rather than to assume – the politicized nature of such practice. Papers will consider both monastic settings of production, and aristocratic patronage; analyses will be offered in theoretical, literary-critical, and philological terms. These case studies will illuminate the interaction, interdependence, and independence of Latin, English, and French, in manuscripts and writings which explicitly and implicitly reshape community and/or identity in a multilingual cultural zone.