Session Title

Nasty Boys: Troublemakers and Rabble-Rousers in Medieval Literature (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Literary, Interdisciplinary, Theory, and Culture Organization (LITCO), Purdue Univ.

Organizer Name

Maggie Rebecca Myers

Organizer Affiliation

Purdue Univ.

Presider Name

Maggie Rebecca Myers

Paper Title 1

William Langland and the Nasty Boys of Piers Plowman

Presenter 1 Name

Elise Robbins

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Purdue Univ.

Paper Title 2

Who's a Good Boy: Nasty Boys and the Redemptive Power of Dogs in Penitential Romance

Presenter 2 Name

Caroline Jansen

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville

Paper Title 3

Foundations of Christian Knights: How the Suppression of Muslims in Sir Bevis of Hampton Establishes Christian Identity

Presenter 3 Name

Marybeth Perdomo

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Purdue Univ.

Paper Title 4

Upholding Familial Purpose: Fratricide in The Romans of Partenay, or of Lusignan

Presenter 4 Name

Allyn Kate Pearson

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Purdue Univ.

Paper Title 5

"The Darling of the Court"? Bitter Love in the Lancelot and Elaine Narratives

Presenter 5 Name

Madison Noel Gehling

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Purdue Univ.

Paper Title 6

Merlin’s Approach to Unrequited Love: I Love You, so You Should Love Me

Presenter 6 Name

Tzu-Yu Liu

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Purdue Univ.

Start Date

9-5-2020 1:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1005

Description

This roundtable examines irascible and troublemaking characters from medieval literature who, although they fall outside of the bounds of heroism, still influence and shape their original texts. These “nasty” figures—such as Grettir, Gamelyn, or Merlin—often cause trouble and strife in their communities, but are still lauded as heroic, popular figures. We view these characters as heroic figures, but they are often decidedly terrible. This roundtable seeks to understand why we love these figures—or why it is we love to hate them.

-Maggie Rebecca Myers

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May 9th, 1:30 PM

Nasty Boys: Troublemakers and Rabble-Rousers in Medieval Literature (A Roundtable)

Fetzer 1005

This roundtable examines irascible and troublemaking characters from medieval literature who, although they fall outside of the bounds of heroism, still influence and shape their original texts. These “nasty” figures—such as Grettir, Gamelyn, or Merlin—often cause trouble and strife in their communities, but are still lauded as heroic, popular figures. We view these characters as heroic figures, but they are often decidedly terrible. This roundtable seeks to understand why we love these figures—or why it is we love to hate them.

-Maggie Rebecca Myers