Session Title

Reading in Medieval England II: Ways of Reading

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Mary C. Flannery, Carrie Griffin

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. de Lausanne, Univ. College Cork

Presider Name

Kathleen Tonry

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Connecticut

Paper Title 1

The Burden of Imagining in Late Medieval Vernacular Theology

Presenter 1 Name

Katie L. Walter

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Sussex

Paper Title 2

Fake Tears and Faux Semblance? Reading French Verse in Medieval England

Presenter 2 Name

Stephanie Downes

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Melbourne

Paper Title 3

Playing It by the Book: Drama as Literature in Late Medieval and Early Tudor England

Presenter 3 Name

Tamara Atkin

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Queen Mary, Univ. of London

Start Date

9-5-2013 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 2345

Description

The final session in our series of three will consider the impact of such factors as emotion and intent on vernacular reading. The session will begin with a paper by Dr. Katie Walter, who will explore both the perceived value and dangers inherent in pushing the imagination to its limits in medieval devotional contexts, and the ways in which texts seek both to elicit and to circumscribe astonishment and fear in their readers (‘The Burden of Imagining in Late Medieval Vernacular Theology’). Our second presenter, Dr. Stephanie Downes, will consider the collection of French verse contained in Westminster Abbey MS 21, which offers clues as to the sensitivity of medieval English readers to French sentiment and style (‘Fake Tears and Faux Semblance? Reading French Verse in Medieval England’). Finally, Dr Tamara Atkin, a specialist in late-medieval and early modern drama, will reappraise drama as literature and illustrate some aspects of the dynamic cross-fertilization between manuscript and print cultures in the dramatic literature of the late medieval and early Tudor periods (‘Playing by the Book: Drama as Literature in Late Medieval and Early Tudor England’).

Mary C. Flannery

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May 9th, 3:30 PM

Reading in Medieval England II: Ways of Reading

Schneider 2345

The final session in our series of three will consider the impact of such factors as emotion and intent on vernacular reading. The session will begin with a paper by Dr. Katie Walter, who will explore both the perceived value and dangers inherent in pushing the imagination to its limits in medieval devotional contexts, and the ways in which texts seek both to elicit and to circumscribe astonishment and fear in their readers (‘The Burden of Imagining in Late Medieval Vernacular Theology’). Our second presenter, Dr. Stephanie Downes, will consider the collection of French verse contained in Westminster Abbey MS 21, which offers clues as to the sensitivity of medieval English readers to French sentiment and style (‘Fake Tears and Faux Semblance? Reading French Verse in Medieval England’). Finally, Dr Tamara Atkin, a specialist in late-medieval and early modern drama, will reappraise drama as literature and illustrate some aspects of the dynamic cross-fertilization between manuscript and print cultures in the dramatic literature of the late medieval and early Tudor periods (‘Playing by the Book: Drama as Literature in Late Medieval and Early Tudor England’).

Mary C. Flannery