IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 1713: Poets, Warriors, and Virgins: Remembering Women in Medievalist Literature

Thursday 5 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Organiser:Anna McKay, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures - English Literature, University of Edinburgh
Moderator/Chair:Sarah Dunnigan, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures, University of Edinburgh
Paper 1713-a'There is no friend like a sister': Rewriting the Medieval Minstrelsy Tradition in Christina Rossetti's 'Goblin Market' and Adelaide Procter's 'A Legend of Provence'
(Language: English)
Anna McKay, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures - English Literature, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Women's Studies
Paper 1713-b'But no living man am I!': Constructing and Empowering the Female Voice in J. R. R. Tolkien's Legendarium
(Language: English)
Anahit Behrooz, School of Literatures, Languages & Cultures - English Literature, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Women's Studies
Paper 1713-cEvading Capture: Reinventing the Life of Christine Carpenter, Anchoress of Shere, in Popular Culture
(Language: English)
Joanna Witkowska, Department of English Literature, University of Edinburgh
Index terms: Gender Studies, Medievalism and Antiquarianism, Women's Studies
Abstract

This panel examines medievalism as a tool in constructing empowered female identities. Anna McKay discusses Christina Rossetti and Adelaide Procter’s engagement with medieval romance and folklore to establish their feminine poetics in ‘Goblin Market’ (1862) and ‘A Legend of Provence’ (1859). Anahit Behrooz examines how female characters in J.R.R. Tolkien’s legendarium, from storytellers to warriors, draw upon and subvert the medieval gendered voice to gain narrative agency. Joanna Witkowska explores how Chris Newby’s film Anchoress, Paul L. Moorcraft’s novel Anchoress of Shere, and Arnold Wesker’s play Caritas reconstruct the life of the medieval anchoress Christine Carpenter to convey modern ideas of female spirituality.