Session Title

English Books Abroad: Their Reception in Late Medieval France

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Jaclyn Rajsic

Organizer Affiliation

Queen Mary, Univ. of London

Presider Name

Jaclyn Rajsic

Paper Title 1

The Export of French-Language Literature from England to France: Rediscovering a Transnational Perspective

Presenter 1 Name

Marianne Ailes

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Bristol

Paper Title 2

Brut's Return: Continental Manuscripts of the Anglo-Norman Prose Brut Chronicle

Presenter 2 Name

Julia Marvin

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Paper Title 3

The Continental Reception of Nicholas Trevet's Les Cronicles

Presenter 3 Name

Heather Pagan

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Aberystwyth Univ.

Start Date

14-5-2016 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1275

Description

Recent years have seen a marked increase in scholarly interest in the European contexts from which England's literature developed and with which it engaged. Scholars have long been interested in analysing the continental sources used by English writers in the composition of their own works, for example the French sources used by Chaucer, Malory, and many others. But more recently, critics have been eager to explore the transmission of English books across the Channel and their reception and ownership by Western European readers. This session seeks to contribute to current critical discussions in these areas. It aims to throw fresh light on texts and manuscripts produced in England that traveled to France during the late Middle Ages (especially during the period of the Hundred Years War, 1337-1453), investigating how and why these books moved into mainland Europe and how non-English readers used and responded to the insular material. In doing so, it seeks to expand our understanding of the receptions – and perceptions – of England’s literature on the Continent, and of the influence that insular texts and manuscripts had on continental French literature.

Jaclyn Rajsic

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English Books Abroad: Their Reception in Late Medieval France

Schneider 1275

Recent years have seen a marked increase in scholarly interest in the European contexts from which England's literature developed and with which it engaged. Scholars have long been interested in analysing the continental sources used by English writers in the composition of their own works, for example the French sources used by Chaucer, Malory, and many others. But more recently, critics have been eager to explore the transmission of English books across the Channel and their reception and ownership by Western European readers. This session seeks to contribute to current critical discussions in these areas. It aims to throw fresh light on texts and manuscripts produced in England that traveled to France during the late Middle Ages (especially during the period of the Hundred Years War, 1337-1453), investigating how and why these books moved into mainland Europe and how non-English readers used and responded to the insular material. In doing so, it seeks to expand our understanding of the receptions – and perceptions – of England’s literature on the Continent, and of the influence that insular texts and manuscripts had on continental French literature.

Jaclyn Rajsic