IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1320: Gendering the Pleasure Garden: (Re)Reading the Hortus conclusus in the Middle Ages, II

Wednesday 3 July 2013, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship
Organiser:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Roberta Magnani, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Paper 1320-aFlourishing in the Anti-Garden: Purgatory, Pain, and Salvation
(Language: English)
Liz Herbert McAvoy, Department of English Language & Literature, Swansea University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1320-bThe Time of the Tree: Returning to Eden after the Fall in the Cornish Creation of the World
(Language: English)
Daisy Emma Black, School of Arts, Languages & Cultures, University of Manchester
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Celtic
Paper 1320-cReflections on the Divine: Hildegard of Bingen, Marian Prophet
(Language: English)
Rachel Grabowski, Medieval Studies Program, Cornell University
Index terms: Religious Life, Theology, 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.