IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 1106: Other Spaces: Gender and Architecture in the Imagination

Wednesday 5 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS)
Organiser:Alexandra Verini, Department of English, University of California, Los Angeles
Moderator/Chair:Boyda J. Johnstone, Department of English, Fordham University
Paper 1106-aWomen and Architectural Reading
(Language: English)
Heather Blatt, Department of English, Florida International University
Index terms: Art History - General, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1106-bGender, Spatial Practice, and Resistance to Architectural Form in King Ponthus and the Faire Sidone
(Language: English)
Jan Shaw, Department of English, University of Sydney
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1106-cGendered Visibility at Physical and Figurative Thresholds: A Window into Saints' vitae from the 13th-Century Low Countries
(Language: English)
Hannah Shepherd, School of History, Classics & Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hagiography, Religious Life

Recent scholarship has drawn attention to the significant roles played by medieval women as patrons of architecture and to the ways in which gender informed the design and function of architectural sites. But what about representations of women and architecture in the medieval imagination? How do visual materials such as manuscript illuminations, paintings and tapestries, and literary works, such as dream visions, conceptualize the relationship between women and architectural space? To what degree are gender and architecture mutually constituted? What conclusions can we draw about spaces considered feminine, and how do these spaces renegotiate the divisions between private and public? Given the longstanding associations between the female body and enclosure, what is the relationship between gender roles and real or imagined enclosures? In what ways do gendered imagined spaces help reconceive real spaces, or vice versa?