IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 1522: Reading, Writing, and Rules: Letters in 12th-Century Germany

Thursday 12 July 2012, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Prato Consortium for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University
Organiser:Diana Marie Jeske, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Moderator/Chair:Sita Steckel, Exzellenzcluster 'Religion & Politik', Westfälische Wilhelms-Universität, Münster
Paper 1522-aRules for Educating Women: 12th-Century accessus of Ovid's Heroides
(Language: English)
Natasha Amendola, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Education, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Learning (The Classical Inheritance)
Paper 1522-bDictating the Rules of Love and Friendship: Women Writers, the Opportunities of Epistolary Exchange, and the Tegernsee Love-Letter Collection
(Language: English)
Diana Marie Jeske, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Education, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Philosophy
Abstract

The adaptable nature of the letter to almost any form of discourse has allowed the speakers in this session to draw upon many different sources in their attempts to address the question of what rules surrounded how letters were read and written in 12th-century Germany. Our first paper will focus on the theme of model letters and their use as an educational tool for women. Our second is on the writing of love-letters by female authors eager to share their ideas on the nature of love and friendship.