Session Title

Medieval Form and Medieval Knowledge

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Graduate Medievalists at Berkeley

Organizer Name

Evan Wilson

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of California-Berkeley

Presider Name

Evan Wilson

Paper Title 1

Formal Iconicity and Rupture in the Late Medieval Stanza

Presenter 1 Name

Jack Dragu

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 2

Multicursal Reading: Old English Poetry as Ergodic Literature

Presenter 2 Name

Michael Matto

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Adelphi Univ.

Paper Title 3

Language Hybridity and Mirabilia in the Middle English Letter of Alexander to Aristotle

Presenter 3 Name

Verity Walsh

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Stanford Univ.

Start Date

13-5-2017 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2020

Description

How do formal elements of medieval texts—elements such as style, genre, and structure—determine how we locate these texts in medieval intellectual culture and understand their context? This question has surfaced in a number of different ways in scholarship, including in reactions of amusement, wonderment, or frustration, or even in a sense of being deceived. For instance, our notions of “fictional” and “nonfictional” genres may be stymied by medieval romances that claim to be historical or medieval histories that offer the stuff of romance or folklore; setting serious works of history, theology, or science in verse, as many medieval authors did, would be seen today as the height of eccentricity.

This panel explores and questions borders of several kinds: between genres; between disciplines of knowledge or categories of truth and fiction; between source-texts and texts of translation; and between medieval and non-medieval genres or disciplines. As such, we hope to create a conversation across far-flung areas of medieval studies. Key questions include:

-How does the form of medieval texts affect the way that those texts are classified, whether by genre or by discipline?

-What are the limits of medieval genres, and how are they constructed?

-What kinds of knowledge, truth-values, and discourses do medieval texts construct or presuppose?

-How does the translation of medieval texts negotiate between multiple genres or discourses?

-Finally, how has the study of medieval texts been shaped by either medieval or modern disciplines?

Evan Wilson

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May 13th, 3:30 PM

Medieval Form and Medieval Knowledge

Fetzer 2020

How do formal elements of medieval texts—elements such as style, genre, and structure—determine how we locate these texts in medieval intellectual culture and understand their context? This question has surfaced in a number of different ways in scholarship, including in reactions of amusement, wonderment, or frustration, or even in a sense of being deceived. For instance, our notions of “fictional” and “nonfictional” genres may be stymied by medieval romances that claim to be historical or medieval histories that offer the stuff of romance or folklore; setting serious works of history, theology, or science in verse, as many medieval authors did, would be seen today as the height of eccentricity.

This panel explores and questions borders of several kinds: between genres; between disciplines of knowledge or categories of truth and fiction; between source-texts and texts of translation; and between medieval and non-medieval genres or disciplines. As such, we hope to create a conversation across far-flung areas of medieval studies. Key questions include:

-How does the form of medieval texts affect the way that those texts are classified, whether by genre or by discipline?

-What are the limits of medieval genres, and how are they constructed?

-What kinds of knowledge, truth-values, and discourses do medieval texts construct or presuppose?

-How does the translation of medieval texts negotiate between multiple genres or discourses?

-Finally, how has the study of medieval texts been shaped by either medieval or modern disciplines?

Evan Wilson