IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 215: DISTAFF, II: French Dressing

Monday 2 July 2018, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Discussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashions (DISTAFF)
Organiser:Gale R. Owen-Crocker, Department of English & American Studies, University of Manchester
Moderator/Chair:Elizabeth Coatsworth, now retired
Paper 215-aThe Mantle Is Not a Cloak: When, Where, and How Nobles Wore Mantles in Old French Literature
(Language: English)
Monica L. Wright, Department of Modern Languages, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Social History
Paper 215-bDressing to Deceive: Cross-Dressing and Identity in Old French Fabliaux
(Language: English)
Vanessa Wright, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index terms: Art History - Painting, Canon Law, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 215-cThe Crusader's Return
(Language: English)
Tina Anderlini, Independent Scholar, Russange
Index terms: Art History - Sculpture, Crusades

The first paper examines the context, form, function, and prestige of the mantle in French Romance literature. The second focusses on medieval French cross-dressing literature with emphasis on the literature’s interaction with canon law and visual depictions of cross-dressing in manuscript miniatures. Finally, a sculpture in the Musée Lorrain, Nancy, known as ‘Le Retour du Croisé’, is usually interpreted as a lady greeting her husband on his return from the 2nd Crusade, but close examination of her dress suggests that she, too, travelled to the Holy Land.