Session818
TitleMedieval Vernacular Song at the Borders: Gender, Genre, and Geography
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
OrganiserJennifer Saltzstein, School of Music, University of Oklahoma
 
Moderator/ChairChristopher Callahan, Department of Languages, Illinois Wesleyan University
 
Paper 818-a The Borders of Lyric in the Venetian Troubadour Bertolome Zorzi's Prison Song
(Language: English)
Marisa Galvez, Department of French & Italian, Stanford University
Index Terms: Crusades; Geography and Settlement Studies; Language and Literature - Comparative; Language and Literature - French or Occitan
Paper 818-b Bodily Confinement and the Heavenly Beyond in Li debonnaires Dieus
(Language: English)
Rachel Golden, School of Music, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Monasticism; Music
Paper 818-c The Landscapes of the Pastourelle: Boundaries, Transgressions, and Violence in the Countryside
(Language: English)
Jennifer Saltzstein, School of Music, University of Oklahoma
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Music; Social History
 
AbstractHow did medieval vernacular songwriters invoke borders that were political, social, or generic? Galvez examines how the sirventes 'On om plus aut es pojatz' (by the Venetian troubadour Bertolome Zorzi) conceptualises the treatment of prisoners of war through geographies of crusade. Golden situates the female-voiced Old French devotional song 'Li debonnaires Dieus' at the borders of the sacred and profane, gendered convention, pain and pleasure, enclosure and the beyond. Saltzstein investigates sexual violence in the Old French pastourelle, where geographical borders encode the transgression of social boundaries.