IMC 2005: Sessions

Session 1313: W.O.W.: Wise, Old Women in Medieval Culture

Wednesday 13 July 2005, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Netherlands Research School for Medieval Studies
Organiser:Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker, Opleiding Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur, Universiteit Leiden
Moderator/Chair:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Paper 1313-aThe Prime of their Lives
(Language: English)
Anneke B. Mulder-Bakker, Opleiding Nederlandse Taal en Cultuur, Universiteit Leiden
Index terms: Women's Studies
Paper 1313-bNegotiating Institutional Acceptance: Dominican Women's Promotion of the Cults of their Fellow Religious
(Language: English)
Maiju Lehmijoki-Gardner, Department of Theology, Loyola University Maryland / Department of Church History, University of Helsinki
Index terms: Women's Studies
Paper 1313-cSur le versant de l'âge: sainte Hildebourge au reclusoir ou la conquête de la liberté
(Language: Français)
Pauline L'Hermite-Leclercq, Université Paris IV - Sorbonne
Abstract

This session argues that women, who had reached maturity and were beyond fertility, but were not yet in old age – women who were past forty, that is – constitute a separate category for historical and literary analysis. They may even constitute a sex of their own, if we acknowledge that there can exist more than two sexes (m/f), such as a third sex of homosexuals and a fourth sex of adolescents