Session337
TitleBordering Adulthood: Adolescence and Youth in Times of Change, III
Date/TimeMonday 4 July 2022: 16.30-18.00
 
SponsorBritish Academy / Department of History, University College London
 
OrganiserEmily J. Ward, School of History, Classics, and Archaeology, University of Edinburgh
 
Moderator/ChairBen Parsons, School of Arts, University of Leicester
 
Paper 337-a Queer Youth in the Middle English Pharaoh Pageants
(Language: English)
Jeffery G. Stoyanoff, Faculty of English, Pennsylvania State University, Altoona
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Middle English; Performance Arts - Drama; Sexuality
Paper 337-b A Permanent Wound: Blackness, Fatherlessness, and Lost Inheritances in Moriaen, c. 1050-1350
(Language: English)
Michele Wells, Onderzoekseenheid Geschiedenis, KU Leuven
Index Terms: Crusades; Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Dutch; Mentalities
Paper 337-c Gender Matters, Matters Gender: Transmasculine Potentiality in Hervarar saga ok Heiðreks
(Language: English)
Jake Stefan Ferguson, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds
Index Terms: Gender Studies; Language and Literature - Scandinavian
 
AbstractAdolescence and youth were formative times of change in medieval society. Crisis, transformation, and growth could be very real aspects of young people's lived experience, but they were also central elements in contemporary representations of adolescence and youth, as found in a variety of exemplary stories, literary and performative narratives, historical texts, and didactic works. Moreover, structural changes within medieval communities, cultures, and institutions could also impress themselves with particular strength on those navigating the borders of adulthood. The relationship between youth and change was complicated and multifaceted, as this panel shows for the central and later Middle Ages by focusing on perspectives and experiences of queer youth, Blackness, fatherlessness, and transgender expressions.