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IMC 2016: Sessions

Session 125: (Re)Theorising Medieval Feast/Fast/Famine in the 21st Century, I: Consuming Narratives of Wife, Mother, Virgin, Harlot, Huntress

Monday 4 July 2016, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS)
Organiser:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Paper 125-aEating and Intimacy: Margery Kempe and the Power of Commensality
(Language: English)
Barbara Ellen Logan, Department of History, University of Wyoming
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Sexuality, Women's Studies
Paper 125-b'Mete for owyr Lady': Feeding the Virgin Mary
(Language: English)
Sue Niebrzydowski, School of English Literature, Bangor University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Lay Piety, Sexuality, Women's Studies
Paper 125-cDeath Eaters: The Digby Magdalen, the N-Town Herod, and the Queer Feast
(Language: English)
Daisy Black, Department of English Language, TESOL & Applied Linguistics, Swansea University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Performance Arts - Drama, Sexuality, Women's Studies
Paper 125-dHunting with Diana and Queer Appetites
(Language: English)
Roberta Magnani, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Daily Life, Gender Studies, Women's Studies

Whilst the food practices of medieval women have elicited much discussion and debate in the last three decades, particularly within the genres of mystical writings and hagiography, far less attention has been given to the gendered ways in which such practices manifested themselves within other contexts. This session aims, therefore, to reassess the established primary relationship between medieval women and food, specifically by focusing on how gendered and gender-queer food consumption (or non-consumption) plays out within representations of primary medieval archetypes, including the wife, mother, V/virgin, harlot and huntress. The session will identify and re-theorise a range of complex paradoxes that simultaneously associate feast/fast/famine with life-giving and nurture as well as with dangerous consumption, bodily corruption, and death.