115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Medieval Literature I

Session Chair: 
John M. Ganim, UC Riverside
Session 5: Saturday 8:15 – 9:45 am
Henry 109
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  1. Brooke Di Lauro, University of Mary Washington
    The medieval philosophical debate between the nominalists and realists plays itself out in the popular, bawdy fabliaux where literal language is as ineffective as it is unentertaining for a jongleur’s audience. Instead, euphemisms are necessary for the inscription of desire, and thus the poetic and the erotic are inextricably linked.  
  2. Michelle M. Sauer, University of North Dakota
    I will demonstrate how the female narrators in The Floure and the Leafe and The Assembly of Ladies use spatial constructs to create a gendered concept of desire. In particular, the Floure narrator relies upon natural spaces (topography), while the Assembly narrator relies upon artificial spaces (architecture). In each, the result is the formation of a lesbian space in which the narrators can explore female-female desire before ultimately being reabsorbed into the dominant (heterosexual) society.
  3. Natalie Muñoz, California State University, Fresno
    This paper will investigate the differences between male sight and female insight in two Old French Fabliaux.  The male characters rely on their sight and the visual world to maintain their position of authority.  The female characters depend on their ability to manipulate signs and meaning to destabilize the male position.
  4. Stacey Hahn, Oakland University
    An analysis of blindness and insight in Heldris of Cornwall's Romance of Silence.
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