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IMC 2009: Sessions

Session 715: Unorthodox Beings, II: Inhabiting Liminal Moments and Spaces

Tuesday 14 July 2009, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory And Practical Application (MEARCSTAPA) / Glasgow Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow
Organiser:Asa S. Mittman, Department of Art & Art History, California State University, Chico
Moderator/Chair:Asa S. Mittman, Department of Art & Art History, California State University, Chico
Paper 715-aTorture and Orthodoxy in Late Medieval Hagiography
(Language: English)
Larissa C. Tracy, Department of English & Modern Languages, Longwood University, Virginia
Index terms: Crusades, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Law
Paper 715-b'The door immediately gave way': Heroes, Monsters, and the 'Contested Doorway' in Beowulf and Medieval Northern Literature
(Language: English)
Justin Noetzel, Department of English, Saint Louis University, Missouri
Index terms: Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Old English, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Social History
Paper 715-cTeratology and Gynaecology: Menstrual Fluid and Monsters in Pseudo Albertus Magnus's De secretis mulierum
(Language: English)
Sarah Alison Miller, Department of Classics, Duquesne University, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Language and Literature - Latin, Medicine, Sexuality, Women's Studies

Monstrosity thrives at interstices, in the spaces and moments in time that are neither quiet here nor there. These papers examine the fraught status of the liminal in the Middle Ages, looking at doorways as sights of danger, at the spaces between the text and the image and the margin of a manuscript as a location of great possibility, and, with great seriousness, at the moment torture transforms the human body. They will establish the power of the in-between, and of the process of becoming. These marginal notions were central in the process of the formation of a cultural identity for their creators and practitioners.