John Lydgate and Medieval Literary Culture in East Anglia
with Dr Rebecca Pinner
at the Old Court, Sutton Hoo (map)
|10.00||Coffee on arrival|
|10.15||What is medieval East Anglian Literature? – an introduction to the literature of the period and its key authors, discussed in relation to a range of examples from a variety of texts.|
|11.45||Who was John Lydgate? – an introduction to the life and works of one of the most prolific authors in English literary history.|
|14:00||John Lydgate’s Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund: the poem – we will start to explore this epic poem about our regional patron and one of the super-saints of medieval England, considering why it was written and for whom.|
|15:15||John Lydgate’s Lives of Saints Edmund and Fremund: the illustrations – one of the manuscripts in which Lydgate’s poem survives contains some of the most beautiful illustrations ever produced in our region. We will explore some of these pictures and what they tell us about medieval culture and identity.|
Rebecca Pinner was awarded a BA (Hons) in English Literature from the School of English and American Studies at UEA in 2002, an MA in Interdisciplinary Medieval Studies from the same department in 2003 and a doctorate in 2010, for which she was co-supervised between the Schools of Literature and World Art Studies, UEA.
Her primary research interests concern the relationship between literature, context and culture, the construction and dissemination of individual and collective identities and relationships between literature and other cultural artefacts.
Her doctoral thesis explores the social and political construction of sanctity with reference to the cult of St Edmund, king and martyr, in medieval East Anglia. It is an interdisciplinary project that utilises sources and approaches from a variety of disciplines (principally literature and art history, but also social history and anthropology) in order to develop a new methodology for the investigation of the cult of saints.
She teaches in the School of Literature at UEA as well as for local adult education providers and is the co-founder and organiser of UEA’s Medieval Discussion Group.
Bale, A., ed., St Edmund, King and Martyr: Changing Images of a Medieval Saint (Woodbridge: York Medieval Press, 2009)
Beer, Peter J. A., Turning of Keys: Poets and Norfolk, 1460-1991 (Dereham: Larks Press, 2003)
Cranbrook, The Earl of, ed., Parnassian Molehill: An Anthology of Suffolk Verse Written between 1327 and 1864 (Aldeburgh: The Aldeburgh Bookshop, 2001)
Gibson, G. M., The Theatre of Devotion: East Anglian Drama and Society in the Late Middle Ages (Chicago & London: University of Chicago Press, 1989)
Harper Bill, C., ed., Medieval East Anglia (Woodbridge: Boydell Press, 2005)
Hennessy, M. V., ed., Tributes to Kathleen L.Scott : English Medieval Manuscripts: Readers, Makers and Illuminators (London: Harvey Miller, 2009)
Lydgate, J., The Lives of Sts Edmund and Fremund, ed., Anthony Bale & A.S.G. Edwards (2009) – this is the text of the poem.
Lydgate, J., The Life of St Edmund, King and Martyr: John Lydgate’s Illustrated Verse Life: A Facsimile, ed. A.S.G. Edwards (London: British Library, 2004) – this is a full colour facsimile of the illuminated manuscript – you can also see a selection of the images online (scroll down the page to see the pictures) http://www.bl.uk/catalogues/illuminatedmanuscripts/record.asp?MSID=6643&CollID=8&
Nolan, M., John Lydgate and the Making of Public Culture (Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2005)
Page, J., ‘Is there an East Anglian Literature?’ http://www.newwriting.net/writing/non-fiction/%e2%80%98is-there-an-east-anglian-literature%e2%80%99/
Pearsall, D. John Lydgate (1371-1449): A Bio-bibliography (Victoria, B.C.: English Literary Studies, University of Victoria, 1997)
Salih, S., ed., A Companion to Middle English Hagiography (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2006)
Scalon, L. & J. Simpson, eds., John Lydgate: Poetry, Culture and Lancastrian England (Notre Dame, Ind.: University of Notre Dame Press, 2005)
Some Potentially Useful Websites
The Writers Centre, Norwich - http://www.writerscentrenorwich.org.uk/theliterarysalon.aspx
Literary Norfolk - http://www.literarynorfolk.co.uk/index.htm
Literary Suffolk - http://www.literarysuffolk.paperviewer.co.uk/
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