IMC 2020: Sessions

Session 247: The Borders of Hagiography, II: Women and Borders

Monday 6 July 2020, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Kathryn Ania Haley-Halinski, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
James McIntosh, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Moderator/Chair:Kathryn Ania Haley-Halinski, Department of Anglo-Saxon, Norse & Celtic, University of Cambridge
Paper 247-aGilded Arms and Incorruptible Thumbs: Sacred and Non-Sacred Relics in The Wilton Chronicles' Tale of the Cursed Carolers
(Language: English)
Laura Clark, Department of English Collin College Texas
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 247-bYou Are What You Eat: Sanctification in the Altram Tige Da Medar
(Language: English)
Anna Chacko, Wolfson College University of Cambridge
Index terms: Hagiography, Language and Literature - Celtic
Paper 247-cThe Liminality of Sanctity: Lay Female Saints in Italy
(Language: English)
Andrea Boffa, Department of History Philosophy & Anthropology York College City University of New York
Index terms: Hagiography, Lay Piety, Religious Life
Abstract

Due to the perception of hagiography as a conventionalised medieval Christian phenomenon, saints are often considered to be highly archetypal. One example of this archetype is the ‘virgin martyr’, to which category the majority of female saints belong. There are, however, exceptions to this rule. The papers in this session will address female figures who problematise these archetypes as well as the borders of sanctity, the supernatural and the self.