Session322
TitleGendered Borders: Transgressive and Transformational Medieval Bodies
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorEnglish Student Association / Pearl Kibre Medieval Studies Program, Graduate Center, City University of New York
 
OrganiserWilliam Arguelles, Graduate Center, City University of New York
 
Moderator/ChairWilliam Arguelles, Graduate Center, City University of New York
 
Paper 322-a Heavy Weighs the Heir: Pregnant Queens and Myths of Gender Exception
(Language: English)
William Arguelles, Graduate Center, City University of New York
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Historiography - Modern Scholarship; Politics and Diplomacy; Women's Studies
Paper 322-b Trans… Matters: The Repartee of Medieval Bodies
(Language: English)
Dena Arguelles, English Department, Kean University, New Jersey
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Italian; Sexuality; Women's Studies
Paper 322-c 'My sturdy hardynesse': The Wife of Bath's Anti-Feminist Satire as Trans Narrative
(Language: English)
Miranda Hajduk, English Department, Brooklyn College, City University of New York
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Middle English; Sexuality; Women's Studies
 
AbstractThis panel hopes to explore the boundaries of sex and gender in the Middle Ages through three different case-studies. By examining these characters and their unusual, non-normative bodies - we hope to discover what borders between the genders/sexes existed in the Middle Ages and how stable or porous they truly are. Through a combination of literary, legal, and historical sources, our three panelists hope to challenge the stability of gender within the Middle Ages and expose some of the interesting transgressive histories and narratives that lay beyond that border.