IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1313: New Perspectives on Women in Medieval Romance, II: Memory and Lineage

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Kirsty A. S. Bolton, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture / Department of English, University of Southampton
Moderator/Chair:Grace Timperley, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Paper 1313-aRemembering Mothers in Romance
(Language: English)
Kirsty A. S. Bolton, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture / Department of English, University of Southampton
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Women's Studies
Paper 1313-bThe Lady Commemorated: The Dame de Fayel's Secret Gift in Jakemes's Ch√Ętelain de Coucy
(Language: English)
Mimi Zhou, Department of French Literature, Thought & Culture, New York University
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Women's Studies
Abstract

This session brings together three papers that explore memory and lineage in medieval romance. The first paper examines the contribution of mothers to lineage in romance, and how that contribution is remembered. The second paper traces the phrase ‘par amours’ from French romance to Chaucer and beyond, thereby examining remembering and forgetting in literary inheritance. The third paper explores gifts as commemoration, and as a symbol of the relationships between characters in the text. Together, these papers on memory and lineage emphasise connections through time and space in romance texts and offer new perspectives on women in medieval romance.