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IMC 2006: Sessions

Session 714: Emotional Landscapes and Languages: Representing Social Networks, Deviant Behaviour, and Memories in Late Medieval England

Tuesday 11 July 2006, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Department of History, University of York
Organiser:Bronach Kane, Department of History, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Elisabeth Salter, Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) / Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Paper 714-aGeographical Mobility and Emotional Communities in Late Medieval Yorkshire
(Language: English)
Bethany J. Hamblen, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Local History, Social History
Paper 714-bRevisiting the Past: Gender, Emotion, and Memory in the Church Courts of Late Medieval York
(Language: English)
Bronach Kane, Department of History, University of York
Index terms: Daily Life, Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Mentalities
Paper 714-cVernacular Politics and the Definition of Deviance in 15th-Century Coventry
(Language: English)
Helen E. Wicker, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Law, Political Thought

Late medieval English cities and their hinterlands provided locations for the cultivation of emotional communities. This session will reconstruct social relationships and emotional interactions, against a post-Black Death background of increasing rural-urban migration and social dislocation. Drawing on church court depositions, leet books and testamentary evidence, these papers explore how civic and ecclesiastical authorities anticipated the narratives and emotions of lay people, and even created their own languages of deviance and emotion. This session will also provide insights into how men and women’s emotional experiences were structured and recalled, and the impact of gender, society, and authority on these discourses.