116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Medieval Literature

Session Chair: 
Jo Koster, Winthrop University
Session 1: Friday 1:30 pm – 3 pm
Miller Hall 121
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  1. Christene D'Anca, University of California, Santa Barbara
    I argue that tournaments as extended social occasions gained prominence due to the enjoyment the participants and organizers drew from having encountered them in literature, and their continued patronage of such actual events instigated their further appearance in literary production, highlighting the cyclical relationship between reality, art, and literature as they constantly fed off of one another.
  2. Paul Gaffney, Hiram College
    This paper asks what fabliau cross-dressing reveals about the performance of masculine dominance in romance. Contrasting the romance Partonope of Blois with the fabliaux Berangier au Long Cul shows how two female characters use the performance of gender roles to drive their agendas. 
  3. Adrienne Merritt, Oberlin College
    A brief look at the role of genre in the composition of The Flowing Light of the Godhead and how Derrida's lecture "The Law of Genre" informs modern understanding medieval literary composition and alligns with medieval concepts of memory, reading, and textual creation.
  4. Phillip A. Bernhardt-House, Skagit Valley College
    In the medieval Irish epic Táin Bó Cúailnge, the character of Cú Chulainn is the main character at "center stage" in the role of ferocious warrior defending his province.  Not only is the warrior's role in Irish society one built upon the idea of performance just as much as it is based in the ability to deal death to one's opponents, but it requires Cú Chulainn to confront and address his gender nonconformity by donning a fake beard in order to be taken seriously as an opponent by his adversaries at several points during the tale.
Session Cancelled: