IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 510: Gestures Abound: Studies in the Bayeux Tapestry, I

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Ilicia J. Sprey, Department of History, St Joseph's College, Indiana
Dan Terkla, Department of English, Illinois Wesleyan University
Moderator/Chair:Ilicia J. Sprey, Department of History, St Joseph's College, Indiana
Paper 510-aObject and Gesture on the Bayeux Tapestry
(Language: English)
Valerie Allen, Department of English, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, City University of New York
Index terms: Art History - General, Art History - Decorative Arts
Paper 510-bThe Bayeux Tapestry: Gesturing towards a History
(Language: English)
Dan Terkla, Department of English, Illinois Wesleyan University
Index terms: Art History - General, Historiography - Medieval, Mentalities
Paper 510-cDouble Value: Simultaneous Motion and Immobility in the Bayeux Tapestry
(Language: English)
Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Index terms: Art History - General
Abstract

Offered on the 940th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, the papers in these three sessions grew out of a National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) seminar at Yale University, ‘The Bayeux Tapestry and the Anglo-Norman World’. Panelists have built upon the seminar discussions, presentations, and current studies of the Tapestry to formulate fresh questions about, and new approaches to discussing its Anglo-Norman, Anglo-Scandinavian, and Byzantine contexts; its visual syntaxes; mnemonic function; physical production; and its afterlives. In so doing, they have sought to counter the recursive, self-cannibalizing trend that has characterized and stalled studies of this monumental, unique, and exemplary gestural narrative.