Session820
TitleGender Crossings
Date/TimeTuesday 4 July 2017: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserIMC Programming Committee
 
Moderator/ChairRoberta Magnani, Department of English Literature & Creative Writing, Swansea University
 
Paper 820-a When Men Sing as Women: Representations of the Other Gender in Frauenlieder
(Language: English)
José Carlos Teixeira, Centro de Investigação Transdisciplinar 'Cultura, Espaço e Memória' (CITCEM), Faculdade de Letras, Universidade do Porto
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - German
 
AbstractPaper -a:
Even though 'Minnesang' was produced by male authors, there is a series of songs, which scholarship has designated as Frauenlieder, in which the lyric subject identifies itself not as a man, but as a woman. This paper intends to discuss how the male poets such as Hartman von Aue and Reinmar depicted the 'other gender' in their songs, particularly in light of the extremely restricted, normative gender constructions which exist in courtly literature; furthermore, it is my intention to ascertain what kind of implications this type of depiction of the 'other' had on the representation of men - the 'self'.