Session123
Title'Self' and 'Otherness' across Conceptual, Geographical, and Religious Boundaries
Date/TimeMonday 3 July 2017: 11.15-12.45
 
OrganiserYu Onuma, Department of English, Doshisha University, Kyoto
 
Moderator/ChairAlaric Hall, Institute for Medieval Studies / School of English, University of Leeds
 
Paper 123-a Imagining Christian Unity: Images of Saracens as Ideal Religious Others in Middle English Romances
(Language: English)
Thae-Ho Jo, Faculty of Letters, Keio University, Tokyo
Index Terms: Crusades; Islamic and Arabic Studies; Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 123-b Otherness as an Ideal: The Tradition of the 'Virtuous' Indians
(Language: English)
Yu Onuma, Department of English, Doshisha University, Kyoto
Index Terms: Language and Literature - Comparative; Learning (The Classical Inheritance); Mentalities
Paper 123-c Europe and the Non-European Other in the Medieval Geographical Tradition
(Language: English)
Natalia Petrovskaia, Departement Talen, Literatuur en Communicatie, Universiteit Utrecht
Index Terms: Geography and Settlement Studies; Language and Literature - Comparative; Learning (The Classical Inheritance); Mentalities
 
AbstractThe idea of Otherness is inseverable from its counterpart, Self, as the concept of Otherness is set against the Self. There are several methods in how boundaries between Self/Other are set, and sometimes, blurred. This session explores how these boundaries are dealt with through the examination of various kinds of texts. Paper -a is about how the image of religious others was formed and used to demarcate a border between Self and Other in Middle English romances. Paper -b discusses the motif of naked Eastern philosophers in classical and medieval texts to see how Otherness was tamed. Through an examination of geographical texts, paper -c addresses the issue of conceptual boundaries between Europe and other regions of the world.