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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 1727: Entangled Selves, Emotional Selves, III: The Construction of Feminine Selfhood

Thursday 6 July 2023, 14.15-15.45

Organisers:Isabella Clarke, Oriel College, University of Oxford
Meritxell Risco de la Torre, School of Humanities University of Iceland Reykjavík
Moderator/Chair:Meritxell Risco de la Torre, School of Humanities University of Iceland Reykjavík
Paper 1727-aInsults as Injuries: The Gendered Body of Selfhood and Women's Revenge in Old Norse Literature / Sagas
(Language: English)
Clare Mulley, St Hugh's College, University of Oxford
Index terms: Language and Literature - Scandinavian, Women's Studies
Paper 1727-bA Sensory Linguistics of Interconnected Embodiment and Emotion in Hildegard von Bingen's Symphoniae
(Language: English)
Hannah Victoria Johnson, UFR Littérature Française et Comparée Sorbonne Université Paris
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - Latin
Paper 1727-cFrom the Devil We Came: Reimagining Female Agency with the Monstrous Mélusine
(Language: English)
Lauren E. Wood, Department of History, California State University, Fullerton
Index terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Women's Studies

This session presents an exploration of the agentic feminine body and its selfhood. Through different cultural, linguistic, and historical discourses, women's identities are built in relation to their bodies and emotions. Each paper allows for a different perspective on women's selfhood to be explored. One presentation studies the construction of women's gendered selfhood through the insult-revenge patterns as presented in Old Norse sagas. Another paper examines the network of linguistics, emotions, and the senses in Hildegard von Bingen's Symphoniae. The final contribution places the figure of Mélusine within the context of discourses on women's liminality and reassigns agency of self-definition to the character.