IMC 2003: Sessions

Session 802: Women Speaking Loudly: Feminine Voices in 16th-Century Scotland

Tuesday 15 July 2003, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Nicola Rose Royan, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham
Moderator/Chair:Nicola Rose Royan, School of English Studies, University of Nottingham
Paper 802-aWomen Talking Politics: The Dialogue of the Twa Wyfeis
(Language: English)
Tricia A. McElroy, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Paper 802-b'In the Name of Ane Amorus/Loyall/Honorabill Ladie': The Female Voice Poems of John Stewart of Baldynneis
(Language: English)
Morna R. Fleming, Robert Henryson Society, Dumfermline
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 802-c'Good Protestants and Resolute Papists': Elizabeth and Mary in Reformation Polemic
(Language: English)
Vivienne Westbrook, Department of Foreign Languages & Literatures, National Taiwan University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Political Thought, Politics and Diplomacy
Abstract

This session considers the adoption of the female voice by male writers in late medieval and early modern Scottish literature. It examines female ventriloquism in the context of the royal court, and also in the wider arena of political and religious debate. It explores the motivations for allocating speech to poor and noble women alike, and compares representations of queens and commoners in political discourse. The session will also be comparative geographically and chronologically, placing its discussion in the wider Scottish tradition and also comparing the Scottish material to contemporary English writing.