IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 329: Writing Reform in Medieval Britain

Monday 6 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Kate Ash, Department of English, Liverpool Hope University
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Macmillan, Department of English, Liverpool Hope University
Paper 329-aSt Margaret the Reformer?: Fictions of 11th-Century Church Reform in Scotland
(Language: English)
Claire Harrill, Department of English Literature, University of Birmingham
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety
Paper 329-bJudicial Reform in the Poetry of Chaucer and Lydgate
(Language: English)
Jen Hough, Department of English, Liverpool Hope University
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Law
Paper 329-cMarian Influence and Literary 'Reform' in the Bannatyne Manuscript
(Language: English)
Lucy Rhiannon Hinnie, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This session will analyse how medieval English and Scottish writers responded to contemporaneous legal and religious reforms, seeking to address how literary texts are circumscribed by social expectations of change. The three papers, dealing respectively with literary representations of St Margaret of Scotland as a church reformer, the incorporation of judicial reform in Chaucer’s House of Fame and Lydgate’s Temple of Glass, and the influence of the Scottish Reformation on the compilation of the Bannatyne manuscript focus their attention on the intersection of the legal, the ecclesiastical, and the literary to question the function of reform in the medieval literary imagination.