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IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 141: Ecotheory, Text, Materiality: Objects and Environments in/as Medieval Narratives

Monday 1 July 2019, 11.15-12.45

Sponsor:Medieval Ecocriticisms
Organiser:Michael Bintley, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Moderator/Chair:Michael Bintley, School of Humanities, Canterbury Christ Church University
Paper 141-aMaterial Texts and Textual Objects in Old French Vernacular Bible Stories
(Language: English)
Laura Chuhan Campbell, School of Modern Languages & Cultures, Durham University
Index terms: Biblical Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 141-b'Dangerous interior processes': Liminal Spaces and Material Agency in the Middle English Pearl and the Bamana Boli
(Language: English)
Eduardo Correia, Department of English, King's College London
Index terms: Art History - General, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 141-cPolicing the Physical World in Late Medieval Bruges
(Language: English)
Mireille Juliette Pardon, Department of History, Yale University
Index terms: Daily Life, Law, Mentalities

Ecotheory, ecocriticism, and other object-oriented approaches to the Middle Ages have gained significant traction in recent years, with works increasingly addressing the relationship between textual and material objects as evidence of human engagement with nature and environment. This panel considers the symbiotic exchange between texts, objects, and environment from ecocritically-engaged perspectives, interrogating the relationship between textual and material worlds in the creation and manipulation of personhood, spiritual history, and nature/culture dichotomies. Examining these phenomena across disciplinary boundaries, these papers draw on a variety of materials from England, France, and Flanders to investigate objects and environments both in and as medieval narratives.