IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1618: Pleasure, Erotic Violence, and Chivalry in Medieval Romance

Thursday 4 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval & Renaissance Studies (TACMRS)
Organiser:Denise Wang, Center for Medieval Studies, National Chung Cheng University
Moderator/Chair:Anne M. Scott, Faculty of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Western Australia
Paper 1618-aA Multi-Level Interpretation of the Violence and Ordeal in Sir Orfeo
(Language: English)
Hong Shen, School of International Studies, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Rhetoric
Paper 1618-b'Al ful of hony, milk, and blood, and wyn': The Bloody and Pleasurable Tournament in Chaucer's Knight’s Tale
(Language: English)
Angus Cheng-Yu Yen, Department of Foreign Languages & Literature, National Sun Yat-Sen University, Taiwan
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Military History
Paper 1618-c'I quitte hem word for word': The Pleasure of 'Quit' in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue and Tale
(Language: English)
Blythe Hsing-Wen Tsai, School of English, University of Leeds / Department of Foreign Languages & Literature, National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Rhetoric, Sexuality

Pleasure and pain function as two focal points and ethical goals for medieval moral philosophy and medieval poetry. This session will direct attention to the role played by pleasure with particular regard to pain in medieval romance, inviting perspectives from such theoretical currents as postcolonial theory, trauma theory, feminism, queer theory, and cultural studies in order to shed new light on the forms, conventions, and conceptions of pleasure and pain as explored in medieval romance.