IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1326: Women, Memory, and Literacy: New Approaches

Wednesday 4 July 2018, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Einat Klafter, Cohn Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Ideas, Tel Aviv University
Moderator/Chair:Catherine J. Batt, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Paper 1326-aMemorizing Mercy: Reading and Remembering Margaret of York's Benois seront les misericordieux
(Language: English)
Erica Blair O'Brien, Department of History of Art, University of Bristol
Index terms: Art History - General, Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1326-bLook, No Hands!: Literary Production through Memory and Memorization in The Book of Margery Kempe
(Language: English)
Einat Klafter, Cohn Institute for the History & Philosophy of Science & Ideas, Tel Aviv University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Lay Piety, Literacy and Orality
Paper 1326-cAssessing Roles in the Production and Acquisition of Liturgical Books in the Dominican Nunneries of Late Medieval Portugal
(Language: English)
Paula Freire Cardoso, Instituto de Estudos Medievais, Universidade Nova de Lisboa
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese, Literacy and Orality, Monasticism
Abstract

The session examines the variety of ways through which women, both religious and lay, engaged with medieval literary culture, and the role played by oral tradition and memory in what modern scholarship terms medieval literacy and the production of texts, particularly those written by or for women. The session papers seek to shed light on how women actively engaged with their literary culture, both sacred and secular, and how memory and memorization were employed. As a whole, the panel seeks to question the application of the modern-day mechanical notion of literacy as movement of hands and eyes on a page to medieval literacy and aims to stimulate discussion on alternative paradigms.