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Non-dramatic dialogue in medieval and early modern England (MEMTS)


24 October 2018

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Lukas Erne


Dr Oliver Morgan, Unige

Prof. Lukas ERNE, UNIGE


Prof. Cathy SHRANK, Professor, University of Sheffield


Although largely neglected by contemporary scholars—both as a literary form and as cultural phenomenon—non-dramatic dialogue was central to the way in which knowledge was disseminated in late medieval and early modern Europe. As Cathy Shrank has put it, dialogue 'was used as an instructional mode of writing, teaching skills as diverse as archery, medicine, and music; it was a form for philosophical reflection, religious polemic, and for focused debate about urgent and very specific political problems; it was put to both pornographic and devotional uses; and it was deployed to propound new ideas as well as to preach established beliefs.' In 2015, Prof. Shrank was awarded a three-year research grant by the Leverhulme Trust for a project entitled 'Conversation and Community: English Dialogues, 1475-1675'—the first major study of dialogues written in English, or by English people in other languages, from the late medieval period to final decades of the seventeenth century. As this project nears completion, Prof. Shrank has agreed to share her research with us at a half-day event in Geneva.





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