When is a Knight Really a Knight?

Knightly Identity in Middle English Romances

Presented by Dr. Ryan Naughton, Department of English, ASU

Monday, November 7, 2016 | 12:30-1:30pm
Lattie Coor Hall, Room 4403
ASU Tempe Campus | Free and open to the public

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Knightly identity is a vexed topic in Middle English romances, particularly because romances were often read as models for proper knightly behavior. In this talk, I outline four building blocks of knightly identity construction (lineage, natural nobility, knightly performance, and knightly social roles) and demonstrate how they combine to form individual identities for knights in Middle English romances.

Dr. Ryan Naughton is an Instructor of English at Arizona State University. A medievalist by training (PhD Purdue University), Dr. Naughton specializes in knights and chivalry in both medieval literature and history. His current project (from which the talk is taken) is a revision of his doctoral dissertation entitled Knightly Identity Construction in Middle English Romances. He has recently published one article and one book review, and he has another article forthcoming later this year. Dr. Naughton thoroughly enjoys teaching and has taught such diverse courses as Medieval Outlaws, The Rise of the English Novel, History of the English Language, and The Arthurian Legend.