Session Title

Women's Words: Female Instruction in the Medieval British Isles

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Jenny C. Bledsoe, Lainie Ann Pomerleau

Organizer Affiliation

Emory Univ., Univ. of Georgia

Presider Name

Lainie Ann Pomerleau

Paper Title 1

"Ne shal not Blancheflour lerne with me?": Depicting and Actualizing Female Learning in the Auchinleck Manuscript

Presenter 1 Name

Emma Osborne

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Glasgow

Paper Title 2

"Ye do the wrong and not the ryght": Women's Advice and The Erle of Tolous

Presenter 2 Name

Sarah Lindsay

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Milligan College

Paper Title 3

Teaching by Example: Julian of Norwich's Devotional Hermeneutics

Presenter 3 Name

Jessica Barr

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of Massachusetts-Amherst

Paper Title 4

The Unhelpful Wife: Comparing Women's Advice in the Early Irish Tales "Bricriu's Feast" and "The Tale of Mac Da Thó's Pig"

Presenter 4 Name

Jennifer L. Knight

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of South Florida

Paper Title 5

"Venomous Allurements": Narrative in Women's Conduct Manuals

Presenter 5 Name

Sarah Mayo

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Univ. of Georgia

Start Date

15-5-2016 8:30 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1155

Description

Our session explores the relationship between teaching texts and learning women in conjunction with the language, locations, and spaces of female education. Papers may include discussions of vernacular and Latin learning, spiritual and non-religious feminine instruction, the iconography and depiction of female learning, and the presentation and exchange of educational materials in a manuscript culture.

We hope to address gaps in current research and to explore the dynamics of female pedagogical literature, the creation of gendered instructional voices, and the forms and genres of women’s educational material, including explicitly didactic texts as well as books of manners, romances, and hagiography. Papers may examine the societal significance and influence of medieval women’s instructional literature especially in relation to works written and produced by women writers. In order to facilitate a dialogue between individual presentations, we will limit topics to the British Isles, but will leave the time period open to all medieval texts (500-1500).

Jenny C. Bledsoe

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May 15th, 8:30 AM

Women's Words: Female Instruction in the Medieval British Isles

Schneider 1155

Our session explores the relationship between teaching texts and learning women in conjunction with the language, locations, and spaces of female education. Papers may include discussions of vernacular and Latin learning, spiritual and non-religious feminine instruction, the iconography and depiction of female learning, and the presentation and exchange of educational materials in a manuscript culture.

We hope to address gaps in current research and to explore the dynamics of female pedagogical literature, the creation of gendered instructional voices, and the forms and genres of women’s educational material, including explicitly didactic texts as well as books of manners, romances, and hagiography. Papers may examine the societal significance and influence of medieval women’s instructional literature especially in relation to works written and produced by women writers. In order to facilitate a dialogue between individual presentations, we will limit topics to the British Isles, but will leave the time period open to all medieval texts (500-1500).

Jenny C. Bledsoe