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Graduate Centre for Medieval Studies
University of Reading
Reading RG6 6AA, UK

Professor Noble
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Professor Curry
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The Medieval Chronicle

The main themes of the conference will be:

1 The chronicle: history or literature?
The chronicle as a historiographical and/or a literary genre; genre confusion and genre influence; different types of chronicle; classification; conventions (historio-graphical, literary or otherwise), etc.

2 The function of the chronicle
The historical or literary context of the chronicle; its social function and/or utility; patronage; reading and listening; reception of the text, etc.

3 The form of the chronicle
Origin/genesis of the chronicle; the language of the chronicle; chronicles in multiple languages; prose or verse; provenance and dissemination of the -manuscripts, etc.

4 The chronicle and the reconstruction of the past
Relationship present – past in the chronicle; the author’s historical awareness; the explication of history (the causa causans of history); fictionality vs. historical veracity; the function of the past for the author’s present, etc.

5 Text and image in the chronicle
Function of the manuscript illuminations; provenance and date of the illuminations; links with the text (e.g. factual or fictitious representation of the images), etc.

Papers in English, French or German are invited on any of the themes. The deadline for abstracts is 1 February 2005 (maximum length 1 page A4, incl. Bibliography). Contributors should make clear how their research fits in with, or contributes to, one or more of the main themes of the conference and how it relates to the state of research on their subject. Papers should last no longer than 20 minutes.

There will be three keynote speakers (Professor Menache, Professor Harf-Lancner, Dr Kooper).

 

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