IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 511: Reading and Writing in the Later Middle Ages

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Onderzoekschool Mediƫvistiek, Groningen
Organiser:Rob Meens, Departement Geschiedenis en Kunstgeschiedenis, Universiteit Utrecht
Moderator/Chair:Sabrina Corbellini, Oudere Nederlandse Letterkunde Rijksuniversiteit Groningen Oude Kijk in 't Jatstraat 26 9712 EK GRONINGEN
Paper 511-aAuthorship and Authority in Late Medieval English and Italian Literature
(Language: English)
Valentina Infanti, Afdeling Literatuur- en taalwetenschap, Universiteit van Amsterdam
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Italian, Literacy and Orality
Paper 511-bReading Puss in Books: Interpreting Cats in Texts and Images
(Language: English)
Johanna Feenstra, Onderzoekschool Mediƫvistiek, Groningen
Index terms: Daily Life, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 511-cThe Medieval Reader: Public Reading and Audience
(Language: English)
Marly Terwisscha van Scheltinga, Departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie, Universiteit Utrecht
Index terms: Language and Literature - Dutch, Literacy and Orality, Performance Arts - General

This session is devoted to questions of authorship and readership in the later Middle Ages. The first paper concentrates on questions of authorship on the basis of theoretical texts in English and Italian from the later Middle Ages. The second paper deals with the representation of cats in medieval texts, focusing on the versatile nature of the cat as perceived by writers and readers. The third paper turns to reading and particularly to the question of reading out loud and therefore sees reading as collective experience. This paper confronts medieval ways of reading with modern literary theories which are based on silent individual reading of a text.