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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 321: Religion on the Margins: Women, Sermons, and Heresy

Monday 13 July 2009, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Beth Allison Barr, Baylor University, Texas
Moderator/Chair:Sally N. Vaughn, Department of History, University of Houston, Texas
Paper 321-aGendering Wycliffe: The Significance of Gendered Language in Lollard Sermons
(Language: English)
Beth Allison Barr, Baylor University, Texas
Index terms: Gender Studies, Sermons and Preaching, Women's Studies
Paper 321-bLady Clare and Courtly Love: The Franciscan Experiment as Antidote to the Cathars in 13th-Century Umbria
(Language: English)
Gabrielle Sutherland, Department of History, Baylor University, Texas
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Language and Literature - Latin, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 321-cAmazons, Whores, and Virgin Martyrs: Women on the Margins of Antichrist Narratives
(Language: English)
Joe Ricke, Department of English, Taylor University, Indiana

From an exploration of what gendered language in Lollard sermons reveals about religious opportunities for women (especially when compared with gendered language in contemporary orthodox sermons), to a hermeneutical assessment of what the use of the Book of Daniel in English Wycliffite sermons suggests about the apocalyptic inclinations of Lollardy, to how St Clare of Assisi skirts the edges of heresy while adopting the language of courtly love for her own purposes, this panel investigates what religious literature can evince about the shifting boundaries of heresy, orthodoxy, and gender in the medieval world.