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IMC 2023: Sessions

Session 833: Networks of Song and Story: Medieval French Convents and Their Secular Involvements

Tuesday 4 July 2023, 16.30-18.00

Organiser:Rachel Golden, School of Music, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Moderator/Chair:Katherine Kong, Independent Scholar, McLean, Virginia
Paper 833-a'Hope and true love, Please carry me there': Longing and Traversal in Li solaus qui en moy luist
(Language: English)
Rachel Golden, School of Music, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Monasticism, Music
Paper 833-bDe la gloriouse fenix: Animality, (Ir)rationality, and Gender in 13th Century Marian Song
(Language: English)
Áine Palmer, Department of Music, Yale University
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Music, Theology
Paper 833-cTelling Tales in the Livre du Dit de Poissy
(Language: English)
Katherine Kong, Independent Scholar, McLean, Virginia
Index terms: Gender Studies, Language and Literature - French or Occitan, Religious Life
Abstract

This session adopts interdisciplinary approaches to women's communities at French religious houses and works they inspired. Convents fostered complex networking between monastic and lay; documents produced and inspired by convents reveal an entanglement of secular and sacred meanings. Li solaus qui en moy luist invites interpretation through a gendered lens, resonating with concepts of crossover in which secular concerns become marked against a normative sacred frame. Palmer's paper speculates on the place of anonymous lyrics in female religious communities and explores relationships among gender, animality, and irrationality in medieval theology and devotional practices. Kong's paper considers how Christine de Pizan's Livre du dit de Poissy situates a conventual community in relation to a secular, courtly community, and invites interrogation of similarities in values, relationships, and dynamics they fostered, marking them as entangled, overlapping systems.