IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1043: Sex, Gender, and Love

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Great Western 4 Alliance (GW4), Universities of Bath, Bristol, Cardiff & Exeter
Organiser:Carolyn A. Muessig, Department of Religion & Theology, University of Bristol
Moderator/Chair:Beth Williamson, Department of History of Art, University of Bristol
Paper 1043-a'Le Contraire Effacies': Challenging Sexual and Political Authority in Guillaume de Machaut, Alain Chartier, and Medieval French Debate Poetry
(Language: English)
Emma Cayley, Department of Modern Languages, University of Exeter
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 1043-bThe Authority of Love in Medieval French and Occitan Lyric Culture
(Language: English)
Thomas Hinton, Department of Modern Languages, University of Exeter
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 1043-c'Grete luste to slepe': Sex, Gender, and Sleeping Positions in Medieval Insular Romance
(Language: English)
Megan Leitch, School of English, Communication & Philosophy, Cardiff University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Abstract

This session considers how medieval men and women interacted within literary, vernacular, and domestic frameworks. It addresses three key areas: the sexual and political authority in the writings of Alain Chartier (c. 1385-1430) and Guillaume de Machaut (1300-77); the translatability of the expression of love in two of the most prominent medieval lyric languages – Occitan and French; sexual encounters and sleeping positions in Middle English romances (Morte Darthur, King Horn, Ywain and Gawain ) as well as Galenic medical tracts, and French sources or analogues in the exploration of the (gendered) ethical and erotic implications of sleep in late medieval (insular) literature.