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IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1241: Using Present-Day Experience to Elucidate Medieval Texts: Drama, Bestiaries, Sexual Advice Literature

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 14.15-15.45

Moderator/Chair:April Harper, Department of History, State University of New York, Oneonta
Paper 1241-aAuralizing the York Mystery Plays: Methodologies, Results, and Public Engagement
(Language: English)
Mariana Lopez, Cultures of the Digital Economy Research Institute (CoDE), Anglia Ruskin University
Index terms: Archaeology - Sites, Music, Performance Arts - Drama, Technology
Paper 1241-b'doughter, and thou wylle be a wife': Historicising Sexualisation in Late Medieval and 21st-Century Gendered Advice Literature
(Language: English)
Amy Burge, Department of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Gender Studies, Historiography - Modern Scholarship, Language and Literature - Middle English, Sexuality

Paper -a:
The York Mystery Plays have been the subject of numerous research studies. However, the consideration of acoustics as a key aspect of the staging, performance, and reception of the plays has only received limited attention. This paper starts by discussing how virtual acoustics can be used to learn how the street spaces, the wagons utilised and the performers' and audiences' positions would have had an impact on the perception of the spoken and sung items of the plays. The paper will then go on to discuss the experience of presenting this research topic to the public through a sound installation.

Paper -b:
Sexualisation (being perceived as sexual or becoming sexually aware) is a problem: one acutely felt in 21st-century society. Yet, is sexualisation solely a modern issue? This paper examines how narratives of sexualisation are manifested in gendered advice texts for young adults in the late Middle Ages, namely the associated poems How The Good Wife Taught her Daughter and How the Wise Man Taught his Son, and in 21st-century 'agony aunt' style advice. The paper challenges the idea that sexualisation and its associated problems are specifically modern, indicating areas of continuity between our distant historical past and our present.