IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1220: Gendering the Pleasure Garden: (Re)Reading the Hortus conclusus in the Middle Ages, I

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 14.15-15.45

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 1220-aPolicing the Queer: Narratives of Dissent and Containment in Chaucer's The Knight's Tale and The Franklin's Tale
(Language: English)
Roberta Magnani, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1220-bMary in the Hortus conclusus: Healing the Body and Healing the Soul
(Language: English)
Naoƫ Kukita Yoshikawa, Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences, Shizuoka University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Medicine
Paper 1220-c'I have not made a tryst with you': Single Girls and Otherworld Lovers
(Language: English)
Joanne Findon, Department of English Literature, Trent University, Ontario
Index terms: Language and Literature - Celtic, Language and Literature - Middle English, Sexuality, Women's Studies
Abstract

The image of the hortus conclusus has long haunted the human imaginary. Emerging, in part, from the tradition that included the Song of Songs, it found its way into both religious and secular medieval texts, becoming a staple of monastic and courtly discourse. Most famously associated with the virginal maternity of Mary, its pleasures became associated with religious discipline and spiritual fecundity as well as carnal love and sexuality. These sessions, therefore, revisit both the pleasures and displeasures of the medieval hortus conclusus, from the perspectives provided by gender-aware methodologies.