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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 812: Networks and Entanglements in Medieval Wales, IV: Networks in Literature

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Amy Reynolds, School of History & Archaeology, University of Bangor
Moderator/Chair:Owain Wyn Jones, School of History, Welsh History & Archaeology, Bangor University
Paper 812-aGeoffrey of Monmouth's Des Gestis Britonum as a History of the Welsh
(Language: English)
Laury Sarti, Historisches Seminar, Albert-Ludwigs-Universit├Ąt Freiburg
Index terms: Historiography - Medieval, Literacy and Orality
Paper 812-bMarch in the Marches: Rhiannon and Boundary Defining in the First Branch of the Mabinogi
(Language: English)
Marisa Mills, School of Humanities, University of Southern Mississippi
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Politics and Diplomacy

The final session in the series will consider the various examples of networks in Welsh literature and how literary networks were used to create a sense of shared cultural memory and define boarders. These papers will examine specific texts in depth to explore these themes. Paper -a examines networks in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Latin text Des Gestis Britonum and discusses how the text was perceived as a history of the Welsh in medieval Wales. Paper -b will discuss texts from the collection of Welsh texts collectively known as the Mabinogion from a female perspective. Paper -b will discuss the character of Rhiannon in the first branch of the Mabinogi and how it relates to boundary defining and networks in central medieval Wales.