IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 520: You're so Ywain (You Probably Think This Romance Is About You): New Approaches to the Middle English Ywain and Gawain

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Danielle Howarth, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chairs:Sarah Carpenter, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures - English Literature, University of Edinburgh
Amy S. Kaufman, PublicMedievalist.com
Paper 520-aHis Bark is Worse than His Bite: Trees and Ywain's Identity in Ywain and Gawain
(Language: English)
Danielle Howarth, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 520-bWhy Is a Woman Like a Lion?: And Other Questions of Friendship in Ywain and Gawain
(Language: English)
Amy Brown, University of Sydney
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities
Paper 520-cAffect, Authority, and Forgiveness in Ywain and Gawain
(Language: English)
Usha Vishnuvajjala, Department of Literature, American University, Washington DC
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities
Abstract

The concept of memory is integral to the Middle English Ywain and Gawain, which begins with a scene of storytelling. As in its source text, Chr├ętien de Troyes’ Le Chevalier au Lion, this act of sharing catalyses the rest of the action in the romance. Unlike Chr├ętien’s text, however, Ywain and Gawain has often been overlooked. This panel will redress this by exploring various relationships within the text, with papers exploring themes of emotion, friendship, and the non-human.