Conference on the Future of the Middle Ages: Medieval French Literature in the 1990s

​R. Howard Bloch, Yale University
​R. Howard Bloch, Yale University
Center for Renaissance Studies Programs
Other Renaissance Programs
Friday, March 9, 1990 to Saturday, March 10, 1990

This conference took the decade marking the end of the twentieth century as the context for examining the future of the study of medieval French literature. Participants discussed what the Middle Ages will look like from the perspective of the 1990s and what paradigms will influence criticism of medieval French literature as we move toward the twenty-first century.

Sponsored by Northwestern University and organized by William Paden, Northwestern University (now emeritus) and Tilde Sankovitch, Northwestern University (now emerita).

Friday, March 9

Welcome and introduction

Richard H. Brown, The Newberry Library
Tilde Sankovitch, Northwestern University (now emerita)

Scholars at a Perilous Ford
William Paden, Northwestern University (now emeritus)

Roland, Relics, and the Poetics of Europe
Eugene Vance, Emory University (now at Washington University in Saint Louis)

Saturday, March 10

Beyond the Borders of Nation and Discipline
Joan M. Ferrante, Columbia University (now emerita)

The New Medievalism and the Politics of Unification
Stephen G. Nichols, University of Pennsylvania (now at Johns Hopkins University)

Old French Literature and the New Medievalism
R. Howard Bloch, University of California, Berkeley (now at Yale University)

Panel Discussion: Medieval French Literature in the 1990s
Chair: Tilde Sankovitch

The speakers listed above were joined by:

Larry S. Crist, Vanderbilt University
Sylvia Huot, Northwestern University (now at University of Cambridge)
Douglas Kelly, University of Wisconsin-Madison
Rupert T. Pickens, University of Kentucky (now emeritus)

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