Session732
TitleTransgressing Boundaries, I: Women's Agency in Medieval Literature
Date/TimeTuesday 5 July 2022: 14.15-15.45
 
OrganiserEmily McLemore, Department of English, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
 
Moderator/ChairEmily McLemore, Department of English, University of Notre Dame, Indiana
 
Paper 732-a The Intricate Patterns and Pitfalls of Female Mediation in Late Medieval Dream Poetry
(Language: English)
Joanna Monika Bukowska, Wydział Pedagogiczno-Artystyczny, Uniwersytet im. Adama Mickiewicza w Poznaninu
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Middle English; Women's Studies
Paper 732-b Models of Female Agency in Fin'amor Literature
(Language: English)
Michał Sawczuk-Szadkowski, Instytut Historii Sztuki, Uniwersytet Jagielloński, Kraków
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - French or Occitan; Sexuality; Women's Studies
Paper 732-c Isolde: Female Hero, Heroine, or Counter-Hero?
(Language: English)
Alice Hawkins, St Hilda's College, University of Oxford
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Other; Sexuality; Women's Studies
 
AbstractThis session explores medieval women's transgression of traditional gendered boundaries by examining the ways in which women are confined to set of sociohistorical expectations and highlighting how women in literature of the period push against the standards that strive to define and limit them. The women analyzed in this series of papers express agency in ways that extend beyond heteronormative configurations of power. The papers displace pervasive treatments of women in medieval literature as passive and pliant, a long-standing narrative that reduces the scope of women's counterhegemonic activity and their procurement of power.