Session1720
TitleHagiography beyond Gender Essentialism, II: Identity, Otherness, and Authenticity
Date/TimeThursday 6 July 2017: 14.15-15.45
 
SponsorHagiography Society
 
OrganiserAlicia Spencer-Hall, School of Languages, Linguistics & Film, Queen Mary University of London
 
Moderator/ChairAlicia Spencer-Hall, School of Languages, Linguistics & Film, Queen Mary University of London
 
RespondentMathilde van Dijk, Centre for Religion & Heritage, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen
 
Paper 1720-a Disidentification and Queer Futurity in Capgrave's Life of Saint Katherine
(Language: English)
Caitlyn McLoughlin, Department of English, Ohio State University
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Hagiography; Religious Life; Sexuality
Paper 1720-b Gender Liminality in the Life and Sermons of Mother Juana de la Cruz
(Language: English)
Kevin C. A. Elphick, Women in the Franciscan Intellectual Tradition Network, New York
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Hagiography; Religious Life; Sermons and Preaching
Paper 1720-c Non-Standard Masculinity and Sainthood in Niketas David's Life of Patriarch Ignatios
(Language: English)
Felix Szabo, Department of History, University of Chicago
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Hagiography; Religious Life; Sexuality
 
AbstractHagiography is all too often assumed to be a place where gender essentialism festers, complete with claustrophobic gender roles. However, numerous scholars, such as Caroline Walker Bynum and Leslie Feinberg, have shown that saints routinely challenged the options offered to them by the gender binary. Saints could, and did, cross-dress; live as a gender other to which they were assigned at birth; and modulate their identity by blending traits traditionally coded as male and female. This panel continues the discussions raised in its sister panel (Hagiography Beyond Gender Essentialism, I), examining the ways in which particular hagiographic texts situate saints in terms of trans/genderqueer identity, spiritual authenticity, and 'otherness'.