IMC 2013: Sessions

Session 1629: Aspirational Behaviour in Late Medieval England

Thursday 4 July 2013, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Sally Fisher, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Moderator/Chair:Megan Cassidy-Welch, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Paper 1629-a'Sum tyme I was in riche aray': Eleanor Cobham, Elizabeth Woodville, and Margaret Beaufort - The Body, Dress, and Aspirational Behaviour in 15th-Century England
(Language: English)
Sally Fisher, School of Philosophical, Historical & International Studies, Monash University, Victoria
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Politics and Diplomacy, Women's Studies
Paper 1629-bProfessionalization, Aspiration, and the New Audience for Cookeries in Late Medieval England
(Language: English)
Sarah Peters Kernan, Department of History, Ohio State University
Index terms: Bibliography, Daily Life, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1629-c'She traded her body for the status of queen': Ambition, Sexuality, and Romance in 21st-Century Representations of Elizabeth Woodville
(Language: English)
Laura Saxton, School of Arts & Sciences, Australian Catholic University, Victoria
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Sexuality

These papers consider representations of aspirational behaviour in late medieval England. This session recognises the value of a close enquiry into aspirational behaviour in this period, understood in this context as the desire to achieve a higher degree or social status. Using case studies from late medieval England, and encompassing gentry, nobility, and queenship, this session considers the writing, and representation, of aspirational behaviour. The session asks such questions as: through what avenues was aspirational behaviour represented? How has it been written? What might these representations reveal about broader understandings of social mobility? How might analysis through the category of gender inform this enquiry?