Session1532
TitleMothers, Motherhood, and Borders in the Medieval World, I: Mothers and Medieval Literature
Date/TimeThursday 7 July 2022: 09.00-10.30
 
OrganiserKirsty Bolton, Department of English, University of Southampton
Lauren Sisson, Department of History, University of Nottingham
 
Moderator/ChairBradley Phillis, School of Humanities, University of Southern Mississippi
 
Paper 1532-a Hybridity and Maternity in Medieval French Literature
(Language: English)
Kaitlin Sager, Department of French & Italian, Tulane University, New Orleans
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Medicine
Paper 1532-b Guinevere's Lack of Maternity in Arthurian Literature
(Language: English)
Kirsty Bolton, Department of English, University of Southampton
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Middle English
Paper 1532-c Consumption and Incorporation in Middle English Literary Portrayals of Mother-Son Relationships
(Language: English)
Lauren Sisson, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Middle English
 
AbstractThe first panel explores representations of mothers in medieval vernacular literature. Kaitlin Sager investigates instances of hybrid mothers and children in Arthurian literature and medical accounts to explore attitudes surrounding the maternal body. Kirsty Bolton examines how Arthur's lineage, and the homosocial bonds between Arthur and Lancelot, prevent Guinevere from being a mother. Lauren Sisson considers themes of consumption and incorporation in Middle English literary portrayals of mother-son relationships, and how such portrayals construct certain identities.