115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Medieval Literature III

Session Chair: 
Tom Schneider, California Baptist University
Session 8: Saturday 3:05 – 4:35 pm
Henry 109
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  1. Annegret Oehme, University of Washington
    This paper explores the ways in which religion is employed in the narration of an Arthurian knight’s tale, comparing the Middle High German Wigalois (1215) and its Yiddish adaption Viduvilt (14th or 15th ct.). The discussion of these texts unearths how religion plays a role within the transfers of the narrative through different cultural and religious groups: the Jewish-Yiddish and the Christian-German, respectively. 
  2. John M. Ganim, UC Riverside
    The famous travel narratives by Marco Polo, Ibn Battuta, Benjamin of Tudela, and (supposedly) Sir John Mandeville indirectly record the experience of exiles, minorities, migrants, and nomads in the places they enter and leave. These privileged narrators reveal the unstable or unwelcome status of these internal migrants or minorities.
  3. Alani Hicks-Bartlett, University of California, Berkeley
    From the very first cantos of Tasso’s Gerusalemme liberata, the reader will note the constant renegotiation of personal, sexual, and spiritual identity. Although the overarching context of the poem is the Christians’ quest to liberate Jerusalem from the ‘Pagans’ during the First Crusade, even while describing the heroic and tragic clashes of the opposing camps, the primary narrative attentions suggest that the distinction between Christian and Pagan is not as clear or defined as the text initially claims. 
Session Cancelled: