Session Title

Romancing the Genres III: Romancing the Ridiculous

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Medieval Romance Society

Organizer Name

Jennifer R. Barton Bird

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of York

Presider Name

Myra Seaman

Presider Affiliation

College of Charleston

Paper Title 1

Implications of the Ridiculous for Understanding Readership and Audience in Medieval Romances

Presenter 1 Name

Caroline D. Eckhardt

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Pennsylvania State Univ.

Paper Title 2

“Let go of that Lion!”: Humor and Self-Perception in The Romance of Sir Bevis of Hampton

Presenter 2 Name

Christopher Maslanka

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Marquette Univ.

Paper Title 3

Remembering Past Failure in Ywain and Gawain

Presenter 3 Name

Jennifer R. Barton Bird

Start Date

9-5-2014 3:30 PM

Session Location

Valley II Harvey 204

Description

This session invites papers that consider the intersections of romance with other genres which deal with the humorous, preposterous, or even the taboo, anything which might fall under ‘ridicule’ either light or serious. Possible topics include the relationships between romance and fabliaux, the way in which the romances handle humour, and romance appropriations of subject matter that is bizarre, uncanny, or censured.

Jennifer R Barton Bird

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May 9th, 3:30 PM

Romancing the Genres III: Romancing the Ridiculous

Valley II Harvey 204

This session invites papers that consider the intersections of romance with other genres which deal with the humorous, preposterous, or even the taboo, anything which might fall under ‘ridicule’ either light or serious. Possible topics include the relationships between romance and fabliaux, the way in which the romances handle humour, and romance appropriations of subject matter that is bizarre, uncanny, or censured.

Jennifer R Barton Bird