IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1123: Mapping Territories and Texts

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:University of Oxford
Organiser:Helen Barr, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
Moderator/Chair:Helen Barr, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
Paper 1123-a'Many Islands Rejoice': Mirrors for England in Monastic Encomia
(Language: English)
Catherine A. M. Clarke, University College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism
Paper 1123-b'Owt of the Cite': Exiling Women in the Middle English Romance
(Language: English)
Tamsyn Knight, Brasenose College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Sexuality
Paper 1123-cMargery Kempe: Woman on the Margins or 'Peler of Holy Cherche'?
(Language: English)
Laura Varnam, Lady Margaret Hall, University of Oxford
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Abstract

This session will address constructions of place and spatial practice in texts from the earlier and later medieval periods. Narrative representation of place will be explored with reference to female liminality in romance topography, in monastic nationalistic self-fashionings of the locus amoenus, and in the representation of Margery Kempe’s interaction with the physical place of the church. The session as a whole is concerned to open up discussion as to how concepts of space, place and hexis might be addressed by literary scholars concerned to investigate textual practice.