IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 119: Revival and Renewal: New Uses for Old Stories and Patterns in the 18th, 19th, and 20th Centuries

Monday 6 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands & Islands
Organiser:Victoria Whitworth, Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands & Islands, Orkney
Moderator/Chair:Farah Mendlesohn, Department of English & Media, Anglia Ruskin University
Paper 119-a'It is not in my book of the Morte d'Arthur': Florence Converse's Sir Launcelot
(Language: English)
Paul Hardwick, Department of English, Leeds Trinity University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 119-bArthur on the Cheap: Street Literature and the 19th-Century Arthurian Revival
(Language: English)
Kate Lister, Department of English, Leeds Trinity University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Other, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Paper 119-cDeath, Memory, and George Bain's Commemorative Renewing of the Book of Kells
(Language: English)
Victoria Whitworth, Centre for Nordic Studies, University of the Highlands & Islands, Orkney
Index terms: Art History - Decorative Arts, Art History - Sculpture, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

These three papers address visual and narrative revivals and renewals of medieval themes in the 18th, 19th, and 20th centuries, focussing on their reinvention for a mass audience and the motives of the writers and craftspeople responsible. Chapbooks reframed Arthurian narratives in rich ways for a much wider audience; Florence Converse rewrote Malory for a Sunday School readership, articulating political discontents; and the pioneering Celtic revival artist George Bain combined contemporary aesthetics with Insular art to articulate his philosophy of reinvention and renewal.