IMC 2017: Sessions

Session 720: Other Spaces: Gendered Tensions between Inside and Outside

Tuesday 4 July 2017, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS)
Organiser:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Moderator/Chair:Liz Herbert McAvoy, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Research (MEMO), Swansea University
Paper 720-aThe Mystic and the Birthing Chamber
(Language: English)
Kathryn Loveridge, Department of English Language, TESOL & Applied Linguistics, Swansea University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Religious Life, Theology, Women's Studies
Paper 720-bMaterial Girl: Lady Bertilak and the Agency of the Bed-Chamber in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
(Language: English)
Charlotte Knight, Department of English, King's College London
Index terms: Architecture - Secular, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Women's Studies
Paper 720-cThomas Hoccleve's Series, the Poet’s Study, and Unmanly Interiority
(Language: English)
Vickie Larsen, Department of English, University of Michigan, Flint
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English

This session aims to examine through the lens of gendered analysis the mutually dependent, yet apparently dichotomous notions of inside and outside in the Middle Ages, particularly in terms of how these operated in material, literary, and iconographic contexts. The medieval walled garden, for example, comprised both a sanctuary and a place of confinement; the anchorite in her cell was both part of, and yet ideologically excluded from society; the lady’s bedchamber could become the locus of barriers, seduction, and enclosure. Closer examination of the multifaceted tensions generated by and between apparently ‘dichotomous’ spaces, both material and imaginary, will serve to reveal a series of ‘other’ spaces within which apparent differences are able to be resolved and which ultimately present a model of human entanglement that challenges the epistemology of the oppositional binary model.