Session Title

Lay Uses of Antiquity in the Middle Ages

Sponsoring Organization(s)

International Medieval Society, Paris; Laboratoire d'excellence pôle recherche et enseignement supérieur Hautes Etudes, Sorbonne, Arts et Métiers (Labex HESAM)

Organizer Name

Anne Salamon

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. Laval

Presider Name

Joëlle Ducos

Presider Affiliation

Univ. de Paris IV-Sorbonne

Paper Title 1

Dire la mystique dans la langue des laïcs

Presenter 1 Name

Marie-Pascale Halary

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. Lumière Lyon 2

Paper Title 2

Culture antique, culture populaire, culture de cour: Gautier Map, un clerc transfrontalier

Presenter 2 Name

Patrick Moran

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. d'Ottawa

Paper Title 3

Culture antique et histoires universelles au XVe siècle

Presenter 3 Name

Anne Salamon

Paper Title 4

L'Alexandre de Vasque de Lucène: Héros antiques, héros bourguignons

Presenter 4 Name

Sandrine Hériché-Pradeau

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. de Paris IV-Sorbonne

Start Date

16-5-2015 1:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1035

Description

The notion of authority is at the heart of scholarly culture and scholastics: it assuredly made possible the continuity of the transmission of ancient texts, but also the creation and renewal of ideas and ways of writing. The constitution of a lay culture is not independent from the reception of Antiquity and it is well-known that translations of the end of the Middle Ages were meant to help read those reference texts. The object of this session would be to examine the reappropriation of cultural models through ancient figures, literary adaptations or historiographic rewritings between history and fiction: how did lords and courts use ancient texts and references? Ultimately, we would like to be able to explore the concept of lay culture through vernacular writing. The first part of the session will encompass the 12th and 13th centuries, a time where vernacular becomes widely used in writing, to try and define lay and clerical cultures and the limits of such notions. The second part of the session will focus on the 14th-15th centuries. At a time when French is conquering the different areas of knowledge and reflects on its own literary production, the relationship with ancient texts changes and contributes to the emergence of a new cultural paradigm.

Anne Salamon and Joëlle Ducos

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May 16th, 1:30 PM

Lay Uses of Antiquity in the Middle Ages

Fetzer 1035

The notion of authority is at the heart of scholarly culture and scholastics: it assuredly made possible the continuity of the transmission of ancient texts, but also the creation and renewal of ideas and ways of writing. The constitution of a lay culture is not independent from the reception of Antiquity and it is well-known that translations of the end of the Middle Ages were meant to help read those reference texts. The object of this session would be to examine the reappropriation of cultural models through ancient figures, literary adaptations or historiographic rewritings between history and fiction: how did lords and courts use ancient texts and references? Ultimately, we would like to be able to explore the concept of lay culture through vernacular writing. The first part of the session will encompass the 12th and 13th centuries, a time where vernacular becomes widely used in writing, to try and define lay and clerical cultures and the limits of such notions. The second part of the session will focus on the 14th-15th centuries. At a time when French is conquering the different areas of knowledge and reflects on its own literary production, the relationship with ancient texts changes and contributes to the emergence of a new cultural paradigm.

Anne Salamon and Joëlle Ducos