Session137
TitleBordering Adulthood: Adolescence and Youth in Times of Change, I
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 11.15-12.45
 
SponsorBritish Academy / Department of History, University College London
 
OrganiserEmily J. Ward, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
 
Moderator/ChairEmily J. Ward, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
 
Paper 137-a Novices on Trial: Stories of Dominican Youth in the Vitas Fratrum
(Language: English)
Steven Watts, Department of History, Crandall University
Index Terms: Ecclesiastical History; Education; Monasticism; Religious Life
Paper 137-b Youth as a Period of Growth in Felix's Vita Sancti Guthlaci
(Language: English)
Chiara Giancoli, School of English, University of Nottingham
Index Terms: Hagiography; Language and Literature - Latin; Language and Literature - Old English
Paper 137-c Adolescence and Social Coercion: Revisiting Jewish Apostasy in Opusculum de sua conversione
(Language: English)
Pilar B. Rivett, Lincoln College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Hebrew and Jewish Studies; Language and Literature - Latin; Religious Life; Social History
 
AbstractAdolescence and youth were formative times of change in medieval society. Crisis, transformation, and growth could be very real aspects of young people's lived experience, but they were also central elements in contemporary representations of adolescence and youth, as found in a variety of exemplary stories, literary and performative narratives, historical texts, and didactic works. Moreover, structural changes within medieval communities, cultures, and institutions could also impress themselves with particular strength on those navigating the borders of adulthood. The relationship between youth and change was complicated and multifaceted, as this panel shows by focusing on young novices, saints, and converts between the 8th and 13th centuries.