IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 620: Gender, Sexuality, and Medieval 'Otherness' in Medieval and Modern Literature

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Amy Burge, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Rachel E. Moss, Université de Paris I
Paper 620-aA Tale of Two Kings: Masculinity, Race, and the Medieval in C. S. Pacat's Captive Prince Trilogy
(Language: English)
Amy Brown, University of Sydney
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Sexuality
Paper 620-bOpposites Attract: Reading Sex and Gender in Medieval and Modern Romance and Advice Literature
(Language: English)
Amy Burge, College of Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Sexuality
Paper 620-cSay Yes to the Dress: Using Maid Marian and Medievalism to Interrogate the Present-as-Past
(Language: English)
Valerie B. Johnson, Department of English, University of Maryland, College Park
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism
Abstract

Gender has generally been conceived of as binary – masculinity and femininity are defined by their difference from one another. So too has the Middle Ages been seen as ‘other’ – strange and unfamiliar to an apparently more liberated ‘modernity’. The three papers in this session deal with these connected strands of ‘otherness’ – gender and the ‘medieval’. Featuring papers on masculinity, orientalism, and the imagined medieval past as a space of sexual otherness; medieval and modern advice literature and narratives of sexual progress; and female cross-dressing in postmedieval Robin Hood, the panel fundamentally asks: what does such alterity reveal about our medieval and modern selves?