Session215
TitleDISTAFF, II: French Dressing
Date/TimeMonday 2 July 2018: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorDiscussion, Interpretation & Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics & Fashions (DISTAFF)
 
OrganiserGale Owen-Crocker, Centre for Medieval & Early Modern Studies, University of Manchester
 
Moderator/ChairElizabeth Coatsworth, Independent Scholar, Durham
 
Paper 215-a The Mantle Is Not a Cloak: When, Where, and How Nobles Wore Mantles in Old French Literature
(Language: English)
Monica L. Wright, Department of Modern Languages, University of Louisiana, Lafayette
Index Terms: Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Social History
Paper 215-b Dressing to Deceive: Cross-Dressing and Identity in Old French Fabliaux
(Language: English)
Vanessa Wright, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Art History - Painting; Canon Law; Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 215-c The Crusader's Return
(Language: English)
Tina Anderlini, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM - UMR 7302), Université de Poitiers
Index Terms: Art History - Sculpture; Crusades
 
AbstractThe first paper examines the context, form, function, and prestige of the mantle in French Romance literature. The second focusses on medieval French cross-dressing literature with emphasis on the literature's interaction with canon law and visual depictions of cross-dressing in manuscript miniatures. Finally, a sculpture in the Musée Lorrain, Nancy, known as 'Le Retour du Croisé', is usually interpreted as a lady greeting her husband on his return from the 2nd Crusade, but close examination of her dress suggests that she, too, travelled to the Holy Land.