IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 1617: 'Them's Fightin' Words': Physical and Moral Responses to Virtual Violence

Thursday 13 July 2006, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Department of French & Italian, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Organiser:Karen G. Casebier, Department of French & Italian, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Moderator/Chair:Karen G. Casebier, Department of French & Italian, University of Wisconsin, Madison
Paper 1617-aFeats of Arms in Jehan de Saintré
(Language: English)
Cathy Blunk, Lawrence University, Wisconsin
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities
Paper 1617-bLoose Tongues and Loose Heads: Some Examples of Dealing with Mockers in the Icelandic Sagas
(Language: English)
Michael Irlenbusch-Reynard, Independent Scholar, Hommersåk
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Law, Mentalities
Paper 1617-cBoccaccio Celebrates, Sercambi Amputates: Revenge on Cheating Wives in Sercambi's Novelliere
(Language: English)
Teresa Gualtieri-Clark, Independent Scholar, Florida
Index terms: Folk Studies, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Italian, Sexuality
Abstract

This session investigates how metaphorical violence escalates into physical and emotional violence. Each paper represents different literary genres and vernacular languages; together they form a coherent portrait of culturally acceptable reactions to violent words or gesures in medieval literaure. One paper examines the tournament in French literature as a festive, ritual display of violence legitimized by both participants and spectators; another focuses on physical violence as a response to mockery in the Icalandic sagas; a third discusses mutilation and murder as a moral reponse to adultery in Italian literature, while another explores female reactions to verbal violence in works of the French Merlin cycle.