Late Medieval Romances Across European Borders

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Dr. Miriam Edlich-Muth/ University of Bremen, Germany
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They were the bestsellers of their time; in the late medieval period, a number of shorter romances and tales, such as 'Floire et Blancheflor', 'Partonopeus de Blois', the tale of the eaten heart, 'Valentine and Orson', 'Amadis' and many others, enjoyed striking popularity across different regions of Europe.

This conference will focus on shorter romance tales of the 1300's and 1400's in order to discuss the processes by which they were adapted across European borders. By examining how the content, visual presentation and broader contextualisation of these romances were altered by the transition from one cultural and linguistic region to another, we hope to address wider questions concerning the link between manuscript form, cultural assimilation and the popularity of certain romance texts in different regions of Europe.

In this context we aim to explore the patterns of compilation, exchange, copying and translation underlying the transmission of shorter medieval romances from one cultural or linguistic region to another. How can we recognise the ways in which a romance tale has been adapted to different cultural contexts? What role do translators play in adapting the content of these tales? How can the narrators, editors or compilers of short romances be seen to respond to the cultural or linguistic origins of their tales? How have translated short romances been contextualised in different types of manuscript (compilations, miscellanies etc.)? How have the characters, the landscapes, and the historical or political references of short romances been adapted to different cultural contexts?

Key Note Speaker: Dr. Bart Besamusca, University of Utrecht

Other speakers will include Dr, Sif Rikhardsdóttir, University of Iceland and Dr. Elizabeth Dearnley, UCL.

Publication: Funding has been secured for the publication of conference proceedings.

Please submit a 250-word proposal for a twenty-minute paper to Dr. Miriam Edlich-Muth, by September 30th, 2014 , including your contact details and affiliation.

Graduate students and Early Career Researchers are very welcome!

Conference fee: €10