IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 904: Poetics, Aesthetics, and Feminist Criticism within Medieval Studies: A Round Table Discussion

Tuesday 8 July 2008, 19.00-20.30

Sponsor:Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Organiser:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth Robertson, Department of English, University of Colorado, Boulder

This roundtable discussion responds to issues raised at the SMFS roundtable in Leeds 2007 where a call was made for a return to a ‘feminist poetic’ by Elizabeth Robertson as a founding ‘foremother’ of the society. It will, therefore, address issues surrounding feminist poetics, aesthetics and the desirability – or otherwise – of the erasure of a specifically female body within feminist criticism, queer and/or postmodern contexts.

Participants include Anke Bernau (University of Manchester), Jennifer Borland (Oklahoma State University), Ruth Evans (University of Stirling), Cate Gunn (Independent Scholar, Colchester), and Gillian Rudd (University of Liverpool).