IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 113: Nurture and Nature

Monday 7 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:James P. Wade, Magdalene College, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Christopher Wilson, Queen Mary, University of London
Paper 113-b'It is not trewe, it may nevyr be!': Medieval Midwives and the Dual Nature of Christ
(Language: English)
Linda Rachel Bates, Trinity Hall, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Performance Arts - Drama
Paper 113-c'And Gentile queens shall nurse your children': The Impact of Wet-Nursing Practices on Jewish-Christian Relations in 13th-Century England
(Language: English)
Hannah Meyer, Queens' College, University of Cambridge
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies

The session aims to explore how human nature was conceptualised and pre- and post-lapsarian existences were contrasted in medieval Judeo-Christian thought. The three papers draw respectively on art history, Middle English literature, and the medical and religious texts of the period to consider the interrelations of the natural world, the nurture of children and the communication of theology to a lay audience.