IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 610: The Social and Political Uses of Emotion in the Middle Ages

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Flinders University, Adelaide
Organiser:Erin Sebo, Department of English, Creative Writing & Australian Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide
Moderator/Chair:Erin Sebo, Department of English, Creative Writing & Australian Studies, Flinders University, Adelaide
Paper 610-aCold Counsels: Gendered Performances of Shaming in the Íslendingasögur
(Language: English)
Kyle Hughes, School of English, Trinity College Dublin
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities
Paper 610-b'Se anda ablent his mod…': Speaking of Envy in Anglo-Saxon England
(Language: English)
Judith Kaup, Englisches Seminar, Universität zu Köln
Index terms: Language and Literature - Old English, Mentalities
Paper 610-cLove, Friendship, and Service: On the Construction and Use of Emotion in Courtly Ritual in Medieval Sweden
(Language: English)
Thomas Småberg, Department of Individual & Society, Malmö högskola
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities
Abstract

From feud to peace-weaving, from the bonds of the war-band to personal and political friendships, many of the roles filled in modern societies by bureaucratic, diplomatic or civil infrastructure were occupied in the Middle Ages by emotional connections. This panel explores the ways in which Medieval European cultures attempted to use emotion and emotional relationships to structure and regulate society and, indeed, to solve social and political problems.