IMC 2004: Sessions

Session 1515: Women Between Cultures: Negotiating the 'Other'

Thursday 15 July 2004, 09.00-10.30

Organiser:Anne L. Klinck, Department of English, University of New Brunswick
Moderator/Chair:Anne L. Klinck, Department of English, University of New Brunswick
Paper 1515-bWorlds of Strangeness and Belonging: Gyburc in Wolfram van Eschenbach's Willehalm
(Language: English)
Hendrikje Haufe, Institut für deutsche & niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Andrea Sieber, Institut für Deutsche & Niederländische Philologie, Freie Universität Berlin
Index terms: Anthropology, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - German, Religious Life
Paper 1515-cMary Magdalene as New Custance?: Christian versus Pagan in the Digby Mary Magdalene Play
(Language: English)
Joanne Findon, Department of English Literature, Trent University, Ontario
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Abstract

This session focusses on women who are active in the meeting and integration of cultures and considers how these women may have been perceived in terms of male/female, inside/outside, self/other, in the contexts of medieval English and German literature and society. Using archaeological, linguistics and textual sources, Christina Lee seeks to gauge the position and influence of Scandinavian women in Anglo-Saxon England, considering whether there was a perceived identity which set them apart. Addressing the issues of strangeness, enmity and gender, Hendrijke Hoafe and Andrea Sieber look at the pagan wars and the figure of Gybure in Wolfram von Eschenbach’s Willehalm. Joanne Findon examines the way in which Mary Magdalene relates to the pagan ‘Other’ in the Digby play of that name.