Session1018
TitleBorderless Tales?: The Politics of Storytelling
Date/TimeWednesday 6 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
 
SponsorSt Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
 
OrganiserVictoria Turner, Department of French / St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
 
Moderator/ChairDaisy Black, School of Humanities, University of Wolverhampton
 
Paper 1018-a Credible Sources: Divining Fact from Fiction in the Older Scots Tale Cycle The Buke of the Sevyne Sagis
(Language: English)
Caitlin Flynn, School of English, University of St Andrews
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Other; Manuscripts and Palaeography; Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 1018-b Folktale and Crusading Discourses in Medieval French Epics
(Language: English)
Victoria Turner, Department of French / St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index Terms: Crusades; Folk Studies; Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 1018-c Freedom through Formulae: Feminist Re-Readings / Re-Tellings of Middle English Fairy-Mistress Narratives
(Language: English)
Jane Bonsall, School of English, Drama & Creative Writing, University of Birmingham
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Comparative; Language and Literature - Middle English; Medievalism and Antiquarianism
 
AbstractThis panel will explore the borderlessness of medieval stories and storytelling through literary texts drawn from different languages and genres. The three papers investigate both the intra- and extradiegetic functions of storytelling and focus on the political value of borderless stories and (re)tellings, whether in the medieval or modern world. As motifs and tale-types cross genres, countries, languages and periods, questions of adaptation, appropriation and transmission come to the fore and encourage us to rethink the relationships between fact, fiction, and fantasy within medieval narratives as well as in the modern reception of the Middle Ages.