IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 725: Medieval Maternity, I: Pregnancy and Childbirth in Song, Spirituality and Sculpture

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Dawn Marie Hayes, BMCC, City University of New York
Moderator/Chair:Fiona Harris-Stoertz, Department of History, Trent University, Ontario
Paper 725-aMiraculous Womb, Radiant Flesh: Divine Images in Hildegard's O virga ac diadama
(Language: English)
Lorna Marie Collingridge, Divinity School, Duke University, North Carolina / Griffith University, Brisbane
Index terms: Music, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 725-bMaternity Born of Violent Spirit: The Cult of Saint Radegund in Medieval Poitiers
(Language: English)
Jennifer C. Edwards, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Index terms: Hagiography, Liturgy, Women's Studies
Paper 725-cMaternity as Meaning in Romanesque Sculpture
(Language: English)
Marian Bleeke, Beloit College, Wisconsin
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Sexuality, Women's Studies

The session will be one of two that explore the most powerful medieval women’s experiences: pregnancy and childbirth. Within the chronological parameters of approx. 500-1500, the three papers will investigate medieval maternity as it is revealed in Hildegard of Bingen’s song, Saint Radegunds’s sanctity and Romanesque sculpture.