IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1006: Women in Francophone Literary Culture: Warriors, Saints, and Rebels

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Sophie Harwood, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Vanessa Wright, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Moderator/Chair:Vanessa Wright, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1006-aCut, Copy, or Edit: Variations in the Representation of Warrior Women in Manuscripts of the Roman de Troie
(Language: English)
Sophie Harwood, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Women's Studies
Paper 1006-bThe Saint as Lady: Chr├ętien de Troyes's Arthurian Romances and the Cult of Saints
(Language: English)
Lydia Hayes, St Andrews Institute of Mediaeval Studies, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Women's Studies
Paper 1006-cFemale Rebellion in the Margins of a Late 13th-Century Mort de Roi Artu
(Language: English)
Emily Shartrand, College of Arts & Sciences, University of Delaware
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Women's Studies
Abstract

This session analyses different representations of women both in text and image across a variety of medieval French literary sources. Sophie Harwood’s paper looks at the variations in the portrayals of warrior women in several manuscripts of the Roman de Troie: this includes differences in scene selection for illustration, as well as edits made to the text across different manuscript copies. Lydia Hayes’s paper then examines the influence that female saints in Old French hagiography had on the development of the characters of noble ladies in Chr├ętien de Troyes’s romances. Finally, Emily Shartrand’s paper looks at the text, illustrations, and marginalia of a single manuscript of La Mort de Roi Artu to analyse rebellion in general and female rebellion in particular.