IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1614: Queer Landscapes

Thursday 10 July 2008, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages (SSHMA)
Organisers:Albrecht Diem, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, New York
Lara Farina, Department of English, West Virginia University
Moderator/Chair:Diane Watt, Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Aberystwyth University
Paper 1614-aQueering a Monastic Landscape: Theodoret of Cyrus' Historia Religiosa
(Language: English)
Albrecht Diem, Maxwell School, Syracuse University, New York
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Monasticism, Sexuality
Paper 1614-bQueer Walsingham
(Language: English)
Dominic Janes, Birkbeck, University of London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Local History, Sexuality, Social History
Paper 1614-cTouching Landscapes
(Language: English)
Lara Farina, Department of English, West Virginia University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Sexuality
Abstract

In conjunction with the 2008 Congress topic of ‘The Natural World’, this panel examines medieval landscapes that foster queer desires, same-sex affections, or subversions of heteronormativity. The representation of ‘Nature’ has special relevance in medieval discourses about sexuality and its place (both socially and spatially). Accordingly, these papers explore those places where the sexual practices said to be proper to Nature are challenged, reversed, or confused.