Session Title

"Lesser" English Arthuriana

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Usha Vishnuvajjala

Organizer Affiliation

American Univ.

Presider Name

Kristin Bovaird-Abbo

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Northern Colorado

Paper Title 1

"Muse on My Mirrour": Precarious Reflections and Reform in The Awntyrs off Arthure

Presenter 1 Name

William Biel

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Connecticut

Paper Title 2

The Redemption of the Arthurian Queen: How the Depiction of Guinevere as a Nun in British Art and Literature of the Nineteenth Century Complicates our Understanding of British Medievalism and Its Intersection with Discourses of Gender

Presenter 2 Name

Ellie Crookes

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Macquarie Univ.

Paper Title 3

"She was recouered of that that she was defoylyd": Recuperating Dame Ragnell's Lute

Presenter 3 Name

Crystal N. Beamer

Presenter 3 Affiliation

McMaster Univ.

Paper Title 4

Heroism Both Lesser and Greater: De-Romanticizing Aristocracy in "Sir Percyvell of Gales"

Presenter 4 Name

Randy Schiff

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. at Buffalo

Start Date

10-5-2018 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1350

Description

Studies of Arthurian literature in English tend to focus on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Malory’s Morte Darthur, and the Alliterative Morte Darthur in Middle English, and on works by Tennyson, Twain, and T.H. White in modern English. This panel seeks papers on the “lesser,” or lesser-studied, Arthurian texts of the Middle English period, such as the anonymous romances Ywain and Gawain and Sir Perceval of Galles and the Gawain romances, as well as less-studied Arthurian texts in Early Modern and Modern English. Some of these texts are less well-studied because they are considered “bad” literature, and some for other reasons, like their difficult dialects. How might a renewed discussion of such texts’ place in our research and teaching contribute to a deeper understanding of the aesthetic diversity of the Arthurian canon and the Middle Ages more generally? How might they help us to re-think and re-frame the “canonical” Arthurian texts on which we often focus?

Usha Vishnuvajjala

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May 10th, 3:30 PM

"Lesser" English Arthuriana

Schneider 1350

Studies of Arthurian literature in English tend to focus on Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Malory’s Morte Darthur, and the Alliterative Morte Darthur in Middle English, and on works by Tennyson, Twain, and T.H. White in modern English. This panel seeks papers on the “lesser,” or lesser-studied, Arthurian texts of the Middle English period, such as the anonymous romances Ywain and Gawain and Sir Perceval of Galles and the Gawain romances, as well as less-studied Arthurian texts in Early Modern and Modern English. Some of these texts are less well-studied because they are considered “bad” literature, and some for other reasons, like their difficult dialects. How might a renewed discussion of such texts’ place in our research and teaching contribute to a deeper understanding of the aesthetic diversity of the Arthurian canon and the Middle Ages more generally? How might they help us to re-think and re-frame the “canonical” Arthurian texts on which we often focus?

Usha Vishnuvajjala