Session Title

Material Iberia II: Shaping Bodies in Literature and Art across the Abrahamic Traditions

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies

Organizer Name

Jessica A. Boon

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of North Carolina-Chapel Hill

Presider Name

Clara Pascual-Argente

Presider Affiliation

Rhodes College

Paper Title 1

Desert, Forest, Garden, Glade: The Body in Place in Medieval Spain

Presenter 1 Name

Robin Bower

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Pennsylvania State Univ.-Beaver

Paper Title 2

The "Insistent Materiality" of the "Santo Christo" in the Cathedral of Ourense, Spain, and Its Importance to the Case of Joseph Soller, "Peregrino Mulato" and Priest Impersonator

Presenter 2 Name

John K. Moore, Jr.

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Alabama-Birmingham

Paper Title 3

Esther as a Devotional Figure in La Reyna Ester

Presenter 3 Name

Emily Colbert Cairns

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Salve Regina Univ.

Paper Title 4

Iberian Bodies beyond the Peninsula at al-Qasr al-Kabir

Presenter 4 Name

Elizabeth Spragins

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Stanford Univ.

Paper Title 5

Respondent

Presenter 5 Name

Emily Francomano

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Georgetown Univ.

Start Date

15-5-2015 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1360

Description

Caroline Walker Bynum’s insight that body as matter is linked to the materia of stars, animals, blood, and wood is applicable beyond the realm of religious devotion, and has the potential to complicate traditional studies of materiality in literature and art. In these disciplines, materiality is often equated with the means of production: bookbinding, the development of oil paint techniques, the circulation of books and art objects. This session provides papers that instead consider the materiality of bodies in texts and art, attending to how fabrics, vessels, weapons, and other material objects are instrumental in the construction of literary characters or in the symbolism in found altarpieces, reliquaries, and other art objects across the three religious traditions. The papers trace a single type of material object either across several literary or artistic genres or chronologically over several centuries into the early modern, or concentrate on the multiple materialities available in one text or artwork or spatial location.

Jessica A. Boon

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May 15th, 3:30 PM

Material Iberia II: Shaping Bodies in Literature and Art across the Abrahamic Traditions

Schneider 1360

Caroline Walker Bynum’s insight that body as matter is linked to the materia of stars, animals, blood, and wood is applicable beyond the realm of religious devotion, and has the potential to complicate traditional studies of materiality in literature and art. In these disciplines, materiality is often equated with the means of production: bookbinding, the development of oil paint techniques, the circulation of books and art objects. This session provides papers that instead consider the materiality of bodies in texts and art, attending to how fabrics, vessels, weapons, and other material objects are instrumental in the construction of literary characters or in the symbolism in found altarpieces, reliquaries, and other art objects across the three religious traditions. The papers trace a single type of material object either across several literary or artistic genres or chronologically over several centuries into the early modern, or concentrate on the multiple materialities available in one text or artwork or spatial location.

Jessica A. Boon