IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 113: Getting Clean and Being Dirty: Rules to Follow for Hygiene

Monday 9 July 2012, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Belle Tuten, Department of History, Juniata College, Pennsylvania
Moderator/Chair:Peter John Smith, School of Arts & Humanities, Nottingham Trent University
Paper 113-aTo Bathe or Not to Bathe: Some Medieval Rules
(Language: English)
Elizabeth Archibald, Department of English, University of Bristol
Index terms: Daily Life, Language and Literature - Middle English, Social History
Paper 113-bWhen to 'Go' in Frankish Monastic Texts
(Language: English)
Belle Tuten, Department of History, Juniata College, Pennsylvania
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine, Monasticism
Paper 113-cWhy Hold a Drinking Party in a Latrine?: Women's Impurity in Two Anglo-Saxon Texts
(Language: English)
Martha Bayless, Department of English, University of Oregon
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English
Abstract

This session features three papers on hygiene, bathing, and toilet habits. Rules about hygiene are culturally produced, and their everyday quality, combined with social taboos, makes them invisible in many texts. The authors seek to explore rules and taboos in a variety of medieval texts.