IMC 2019: Sessions

Session 813: Conspicuous Consumption: The Display of Rank and Wealth through Material Objects in Courtly Literature

Tuesday 2 July 2019, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Kristina Hildebrand, Akademin för lärande, humaniora och samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad
Moderator/Chair:Sara L. Uckelman, Institute of Medieval & Early Modern Studies, Durham University
Paper 813-aThe Stuff that Fairy Tales Are Made Of: Textiles, Clothing, and Bodies in Scandinavian Courtly Romances
(Language: English)
Eva Andersson, Instistutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs universitet
Eva Andersson, Instistutionen för historiska studier, Göteborgs universitet
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 813-bThe Magic of All Things: Rituals, Objects, and Materiality in Scandinavian Courtly Literature
(Language: English)
Thomas Småberg, Department of Individual & Society, Malmö högskola
Thomas Småberg, Department of Individual & Society, Malmö högskola
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Mentalities, Social History
Paper 813-cThe Display of Honour: Clothing and Armour in Malory's Le Morte Darthur
(Language: English)
Kristina Hildebrand, Akademin för lärande, humaniora och samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad
Kristina Hildebrand, Akademin för lärande, humaniora och samhälle, Högskolan i Halmstad
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Middle English, Mentalities, Social History
Abstract

This session looks at the appropriate display of rank and wealth in Scandinavian and English courtly literature, through textiles, armour, and gift-giving. The objects referenced in these texts allowed the contemporary reader to place the characters at the appropriate level of the hierarchy, judging their rank by the value of the objects displayed in public settings. The texts also served as instructions for proper consumption and guided the reader into ways of establishing and displaying aristocratic identities in public settings.