IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 117: Strange Things in the Medieval Garden

Monday 3 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University / Leverhulme Trust Project 'The Enclosed Garden: Pleasure, Contemplation & Cure in the Medieval Hortus Conclusus'
Organiser:Patricia E. Skinner, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Patricia E. Skinner, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Paper 117-aSicily in Picardy: An Experimental Garden of the 13th Century
(Language: English)
Theresa Lorraine Tyers, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Daily Life, Medicine, Social History, Technology
Paper 117-bGrafting in the Garden: Gender and Queer Identities in the Hortus Conclusus
(Language: English)
Liz Herbert McAvoy, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Comparative, Religious Life, Social History
Paper 117-cCourtly Knights and Amazon Brides: Spaces, Faces, and Discord in The Knight's Tale
(Language: English)
Maria Zygogianni, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Social History
Abstract

This session examines the medieval enclosed garden, real and imagined, as a space of strangeness and queer possibilities. Utilising the real garden space of Hesdin in Artois, as well as the garden of the imaginary in Chaucer, panellists explore how the late medieval garden functioned in terms of experimentation, boundary-crossing, and otherness. Papers will focus both on the human and botanic in their exploration of Hesdin’s plants and people, the gendered possibilities of the garden, and the garden as a Foucauldian heterotopia.