IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1213: New Perspectives on Women in Medieval Romance, I: Rediscovering Forgotten Women

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Anum Dada, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Hannah Piercy, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Alice Stamataki, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Paper 1213-a(Re)Inventing Medieval Romance in Iceland: Representing Women and Their Relationships in Dámusta saga and Sigurðar saga turnara
(Language: English)
Sheryl McDonald Werronen, Den Arnamagnæanske Samling, Københavns Universitet
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Lay Piety, Women's Studies
Paper 1213-bFictional Saracen Women?: Remembering Muslim Women in Medieval Romance
(Language: English)
Anum Dada, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Index terms: Crusades, Gender Studies, Islamic and Arabic Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1213-c'Hit waried, hit wayment, as a woman': Missing Manuscripts and the Ghosts of the Women Who Read Them
(Language: English)
Rebecca Pope, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies (MEMS), University of Kent
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Literacy and Orality, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Abstract

This series of linked panel sessions begins with the women forgotten by romance criticism, taking a timely and necessary look beyond the traditional Anglo-French focus of romance scholarship to consider texts and women who have been marginalised due to their geographic location, religious identity, and absence from the material historical record. These papers aim to provide fresh topics and methodologies for romance criticism, exploring understudied texts from Iceland and Byzantium, possible Muslim influences on English romance, and new understandings of networks of women readers to challenge the hegemony of ‘the book’ in manuscript studies.