IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 520: Verging on Poetry

Tuesday 7 July 2020, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Amanda Gerber, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles
Sarah Wood, Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
Moderator/Chair:Amanda Gerber, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles
Paper 520-aMarginalia and the Form of Piers Plowman
(Language: English)
Sarah Wood, Department of English & Comparative Literary Studies, University of Warwick
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 520-bStruck in the Head by a Chessboard: Games at the Margins of Dante's Commedia
(Language: English)
Akash Kumar, Department of French & Italian Indiana University Bloomington
Index terms: Language and Literature - Comparative, Language and Literature - Italian
Paper 520-cA (French) List of English Towns and the Boundaries of Poetry
(Language: English)
Martha D. Rust, Department of English New York University
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Medieval poems were cumulative. They acquired quotations, interpretations, information, and styles from whatever their writers encountered. Literary critics have recently sought to redefine the encyclopaedic products of these writing methods by querying the boundaries between literature and information. However, not all information became subsumed under poems or encyclopaedias: that is to say, some interpretations, outlines, games, and other information remained marginal. This session focuses on these marginal materials to re-examine the liminal space between poetry and information, exploring the manuscript contents that verge on, without ever becoming part of, poetry. As a result, this panel aims to reinterpret the nature of medieval poems by exploring what lies just beyond their acquisitive reach.