IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 1246: Beyond the Borders of Chivalry: Martial Skills, Knightly Disbelief, and Gender Transformations in Medieval French Literature

Wednesday 8 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Sponsor:Society for the Study of Medieval Emotions
Organiser:Laura Bernardazzi, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Moderator/Chair:Emma Campbell, Department of French Studies, University of Warwick
Paper 1246-aReassessing the Knight's Skills: Jaufre and Medieval Fight Books
(Language: English)
Laura Bernardazzi, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities, Military History
Paper 1246-bKnow Your Limits!: Marvellous Encounters and the Boundaries of the Self in Perceforest
(Language: English)
Coline Blaizeau, Centre for Medieval Studies University of Exeter
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities, Philosophy
Paper 1246-cBeyond the Borders of Chivalry: Martial Skills, Knightly Disbelief, and Gender Transformations in Medieval French Literature
(Language: English)
Sarah Gregory, Department of History, University of St Andrews
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Mentalities
Abstract

This panel seeks to reassess medieval ideals of chivalry by analysing how the protagonists of French romances and epic poems react to the situations they are confronted with: in Jaufre, the hero proves himself to be, contrary to previous scholarship, a talented fighter; marvellous encounters in Perceforest provide space for the experience of the knights’ limits and fallibility; and in Yde et Olive transvestism, a lesbian marriage, and a divine sex-change calls into question the gendered nature of knighthood and chivalry. Through various interdisciplinary approaches spanning martial knowledge, literary and gender theory, eco-criticism, and psychology, the papers in this session will attempt to challenge and reconsider normative chivalric characterisations.