IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 1331: Performing Emotions

Wednesday 8 July 2015, 16.30-18.00

Sponsor:Medieval & Renaissance Studies, University of Glasgow
Organisers:Mary C. Flannery, Department of English, Université de Lausanne
Charlotte Steenbrugge, Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Toronto
Moderator/Chair:Pamela M. King, School of Critical Studies (English Language), University of Glasgow
Paper 1331-aContrite, Not Fussed, Desperate: Penance in Medieval English Morality Plays
(Language: English)
Charlotte Steenbrugge, Centre for Drama, Theatre & Performance Studies, University of Toronto
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Performance Arts - Drama, Religious Life
Paper 1331-b'Gredyly cry to hym wit-owte cessyngge': Performative Weeping and Male Construction of Female Identity in Aelred of Rievaux’s A Rule of Life for a Recluse
(Language: English)
Hetta Howes, School of English & Drama, Queen Mary, University of London
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Religious Life, Women's Studies
Paper 1331-cEmotions in Chaucer's Romances
(Language: English)
Raluca Radulescu, Institute for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Bangor University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Women's Studies
Abstract

This session investigates how emotions are used to perform and complicate identity (including issues of gender), how literary emotions affect the performance of their texts, and how emotions can turn literature into a reformative process. The first paper looks at the psychologically insightful depiction of contrition in morality plays and shows the playwrights’ understanding of the difficulties of turning that feeling into a positive agency. The second paper will explore how performative tears and watery images are used to differentiate between male and female identities in a Middle English translation of Aelred of Rievaulx’s A Rule of Life for a Recluse. The final paper matches physical movement in Chaucer’s romances to post-traumatic emotions.