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401. Middle English Keywords

Saturday, 10 January, 5:15–6:30 p.m., Clark, Chicago Marriott

Program arranged by the Division on Chaucer

Presiding: Kellie Robertson, Univ. of Maryland, College Park

Speakers: Christopher C. Baswell, Barnard Coll.; Andrew Cole, Princeton Univ.; Susan Crane, Columbia Univ.; Wan-Chuan Kao, Washington and Lee Univ.; Barbara J. Newman, Northwestern Univ.

Session Description:

This roundtable explores the critical terms through which we currently think about Chaucer and medieval literature.


Subject:

  • British Literature – Old and Middle English

Author Comment
Subject: key words
Referring back to Raymond Williams, I hope the session focusses on ways in which medieval writers attempted, in contested ways, to understand and discuss themselves socially and culturally in the face of significant historical developments --a vast area requiring both historical and anthropological topics as well as some of the literary preoccupations of the late twentieth-century. Panelists should certainly consult Allen Frantzen's Anglo-Saxon key words.

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