IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1117: Natural History / The History of Nature: Appraising the 'Natural' in the Middle Ages, II

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Organiser:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Jennifer Brown, Department of English, University of Hartford, Connecticut
Paper 1117-aMagic, Morality, and the Manipulation of Nature
(Language: English)
Tara Williams, Department of English, Oregon State University
Index terms: Geography and Settlement Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1117-bWho Gave these Laws to the Turtledove?: Bestiaries, The Widow's 'Nature', and the Nature of Women in Later Medieval Pastoral Care
(Language: English)
Katherine A. Clark, Department of History, State University of New York, Brockport
Index terms: Gender Studies, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 1117-cBecoming bene-straw: Ageing and the Older Woman in the Later Middle Ages
(Language: English)
Sue Niebrzydowski, Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (IMEMS) / School of English, Bangor University
Index terms: Daily Life, Women's Studies

Like session one, this session interrogates a range of representations of the ‘natural’ and the ‘natural world’ in the Middle Ages and how such representations are often subverted. In particular, it examines how such subversive practices may have an impact upon the representation of gender norms.