IMC 2018: Sessions

Session 513: Masculine Journeys / Journeying Masculinities, I

Tuesday 3 July 2018, 09.00-10.30

Organisers:Ruth Mazo Karras, Department of History, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Oded Zinger, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Moderator/Chair:Oded Zinger, Martin Buber Society of Fellows in the Humanities, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
Paper 513-a'Eternal love I conceived for you': Traveling Jewish Men, Covenantal Bromances, and the Boundaries of Normative Jewish Masculinity in Two Late Medieval Hebrew Sources
(Language: English)
Eyal Levinson, Bar-Ilan University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Hebrew and Jewish Studies
Paper 513-bClothes Do Not Make the Man: Socially Reinforced Gender and Class in the Libro de buen amor
(Language: English)
Benjamin Obernolte, Department of French & Italian, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Spanish or Portuguese
Paper 513-cMasculinity and Travel in the Career of Robert of Sorbon
(Language: English)
Tanya Stabler Miller, Department of History, Loyola University Chicago
Index terms: Gender Studies, Sermons and Preaching

These two panels address the relationship between masculinity and travel in the Middle Ages (broadly defined in geography and chronology). Most people who traveled long distances were men. Did the masculine identities of those who voyaged differ from those who stayed at home? How did the relationship between male travelers and their social and familial ties play out in terms of gender and masculinity? Did travelers revise their ideas of masculinity as they encountered other cultures, and did those they visited comment on their gender? How do travelers’ accounts, letters home, and accounts from the receiving communities, and imaginative literature play with ideas of masculinity?