IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 1523: Between a Rock and a Hard Place: Women Inhabiting the Grey Zone

Thursday 16 July 2009, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Organiser:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Paper 1523-a'Ne bið swylc cwenlic þeaw idese to efanne': Thryth Transgressing the Boundaries
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Cox, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Social History, Women's Studies
Paper 1523-b'For I am a woman, leued, febille, & freylle': Discourse Strategies to Avoid Suspicion in the Writings of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe
(Language: English)
Fumiko Yoshikawa, Hiroshima Shudo University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1523-cWhen Heresy is Orthodox: The Theological Innovations of a Woman Preacher, Juana de la Cruz, 1481-1534
(Language: English)
Jessica Boon, Perkins School of Theology, Southern Methodist University, Texas
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Abstract

The papers included in this session will each interrogate some of the ways in which the binary of gender interacted with and impacted upon the labelling of literary and/or spiritual women as either orthodox or heretical in the Middle Ages. The session will also assess the extent to which the deconstruction of traditional gender categories by the woman and/or her writing allowed for a ‘safe’ occupation of the grey zone between orthodoxy and heresy.