IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1613: New Perspectives on Women in Medieval Romance, IV: Desire and Queer Identities

Thursday 5 July 2018, 11.15-12.45

Organiser:Hannah Piercy, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Moderator/Chair:Kirsty A. S. Bolton, Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Culture / Department of English, University of Southampton
Paper 1613-aGoing Between or Coming Between?: Go-Betweens, Agency, and Female Desire in Later Middle English Romance
(Language: English)
Hannah Piercy, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Sexuality, Women's Studies
Paper 1613-bDesire and the Corpse in Medieval Romance
(Language: English)
Rachel Fennell, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Sexuality
Paper 1613-c'A lady that dwelled in that foreyste': Malory's Lady Huntress and Queering Medieval Romance
(Language: English)
Amy Louise Morgan, School of Literature & Languages, University of Surrey
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Sexuality, Women's Studies
Abstract

We conclude this series by examining the interior lives of women in romance literature, focusing upon the role of desire and queer identities. The papers in this session encourage scholars to look beyond the heroine to more understudied women in romance, including female go-betweens, corpses, and the minor character of a huntress. We aim to draw critical attention to subjects such as female desire and the disturbing association between desire and the corpse, as well as to reinvigorate theoretical work on romance through the application of queer theory. These methodologies provide new ways to conceptualise female agency in medieval romance.