Session 1725: Constructions of Medieval Masculinity: Emotions, Eating, and Enforcers
Thursday 7 July 2016, 14.15-15.45
|Moderator/Chair:||Katherine J. Lewis, Department of History, University of Huddersfield|
|Paper 1725-a||'Dyrne Langað': Homo-Amory and Longing between Men in Beowulf|
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Sexuality
|Paper 1725-b||Eating and Fasting in the Construction of Manly Men|
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Religious Life, Sexuality
Where a healthy appetite and communal eating are necessary in portraying the importance of homosociality for a knight, how do phenomena such as anorexia mirabilis relate to notions of gender? Furthermore, what does the monstrous appetite of giants, those figures of extreme masculinity, say about the dangers of over-eating? This paper will address these two extremes.