IMC 2012: Sessions

Session 817: Following the 'Rules' of Gender (or Not!) in the Middle Ages, II

Tuesday 10 July 2012, 16.30-18.00

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 817-aRuling Medieval Women and Instruction in Middle English Hagiography
(Language: English)
Mami Kanno, Department of English & American Literature, Keio University, Tokyo
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Women's Studies
Paper 817-bThe Beloved in the Wounds: Ancrene Wisse and Þe Wohunge of ure Lauerd
(Language: English)
Ayoush Sarmada Lazikani, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 817-cBreaking the Rules: Images and the Process of Imagination in Julian of Norwich's Revelation of Divine Love
(Language: English)
Louise Nelstrop, Sarum College, Salisbury
Index terms: Ecclesiastical History, Gender Studies, Theology, Women's Studies
Abstract

These sessions aim to examine the many and disparate ways in which medieval women and men regularly and systematically broke the ‘rules’ of gender laid down by their culture and its epistemologies. Using a range of feminist, gender, and queer theories of selfhood, sexuality, and identity, it will also scrutinise the ways in which rules could be both embraced and exploited in mimetic fashion, in order to bring about a subversion of inherited behavioural and literary norms.