The Wedding Procession of Sir Degrevaunt, by Edward Burne-Jones; prelimary sketch © The Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, UK.
Get it in your diary now! Join us for a free sandwich lunch and our last session this term.
Journeys, both literal and metaphorical, occur frequently in medieval romances, with the protagonist’s movement through space often used to indicate moral or spiritual progression. Most often, we encounter male characters pursuing lengthy journeys, with women confined to a more local or domestic landscape. This week, we will discussSir Degrevant, a fifteenth-century romance, in which Degrevant’s crusade is interrupted as the result of an attack on his property. We will explore the presentation of desires in the text, considering how the different paths taken by the male and female characters shape the outcome. The discussion will be chaired by Rachel Delman.
Optional secondary reading: Arlyn Diamond, ‘Sir Degrevant: What Lovers Want’, in Nicola McDonald, ed., Pulp Fictions in Medieval England: Essays in Popular Romance, available online through SOLO.
Time and Location:
Thursday Week 6 (5th June), 1pm, Colin Matthew Room at Radcliffe Humanities (NOT the History Faculty room of the same name!)