IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 602: New Directions in Manuscript Studies: Queer Readings, II

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 11.15-12.45

Organisers:Roberta Magnani, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Diane Watt, School of Literature & Languages, University of Surrey
Moderator/Chair:Emma Campbell, Department of French Studies, University of Warwick
Paper 602-aQueering the Boy-Singer and Gendering Noise in the Vernon Manuscript
(Language: English)
Dorothy Kim, Department of English, Vassar College, New York
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 602-bIphis and Ianthe: Trans Affects in the Manuscript Context
(Language: English)
Anna Klosowska, Department of French & Italian, Miami University, Ohio
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 602-c(Mis)Representations of Queerness in Medieval Manuscript Illuminations
(Language: English)
Amy Louise Morgan, School of Literature & Languages, University of Surrey
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

Over twenty years ago Carolyn Dinshaw argued for a queering of Chaucer’s manuscripts. More recently, the framing of medieval studies through queer theory has offered valuable avenues of investigation which have pushed forward Dinshaw’s work (studies by Anna Klosowska, Steven Kruger, Glenn Burger, Karma Lochrie, Tison Pugh, Diane Watt, to mention but a few). Dinshaw’s initial engagement with the materiality of Chaucer’s manuscripts and, in particular, with their queer margins has, however, been largely neglected. These sessions seek to re-assess the field of medieval manuscript studies in the light of recent theoretical concerns which bring into focus the multiple ways in which medieval codices encounter and manifest the queer.