Session Title

Gender and Voice in Medieval French Literature and Lyric

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Rachel May Golden, Katherine Kong

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville, Independent Scholar

Presider Name

Daisy Delogu

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Chicago

Paper Title 1

"Weep, o men": Voice and Masculinity in Grieving for Kings

Presenter 1 Name

Rachel May Golden

Paper Title 2

"Cuers Diviers": The Gendering of Nature and Nurture in Silence and Perceval ou le conte du graal

Presenter 2 Name

Sara Rychtarik

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Graduate Center, CUNY

Start Date

15-5-2016 10:30 AM

Session Location

Schneider 1220

Description

This session employs gender as a critical category of analysis to examine the voiced nature of, and expressions of emotion in, medieval French literature, lyric, and song.

While studies of gender often focus on women’s experiences, this session proposes to employ gender inclusively to consider masculinities, femininities, their intersections, marked absences, and manifestations. This kind of analysis is particularly apt for medieval French literatures because of the explicitly voiced quality of these repertories and texts. From the first-person desires of the troubadours, to the gendered dialogues of the chanson de geste, medieval French texts powerfully speak in ways that continue to influence western cultural assumptions and inspire new intellectual investigations.

In particular, we aim to examine how writers, texts, and songs encode or shape gendered positions, variously complying with or subverting cultural expectations. Further, we seek to interrogate how emotion is voiced and enacted in gendered ways, especially emotions that are typically coded as masculine or feminine, such as epic grief, maternal lament, the sufferings of fin’amour, or knightly bravado and camaraderie. We also consider how such gendered voices are both performed and embodied as sites of desire, violence, dominance, and power. (Rachel May Golden & Katherine Kong, Co-Organizers)

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May 15th, 10:30 AM

Gender and Voice in Medieval French Literature and Lyric

Schneider 1220

This session employs gender as a critical category of analysis to examine the voiced nature of, and expressions of emotion in, medieval French literature, lyric, and song.

While studies of gender often focus on women’s experiences, this session proposes to employ gender inclusively to consider masculinities, femininities, their intersections, marked absences, and manifestations. This kind of analysis is particularly apt for medieval French literatures because of the explicitly voiced quality of these repertories and texts. From the first-person desires of the troubadours, to the gendered dialogues of the chanson de geste, medieval French texts powerfully speak in ways that continue to influence western cultural assumptions and inspire new intellectual investigations.

In particular, we aim to examine how writers, texts, and songs encode or shape gendered positions, variously complying with or subverting cultural expectations. Further, we seek to interrogate how emotion is voiced and enacted in gendered ways, especially emotions that are typically coded as masculine or feminine, such as epic grief, maternal lament, the sufferings of fin’amour, or knightly bravado and camaraderie. We also consider how such gendered voices are both performed and embodied as sites of desire, violence, dominance, and power. (Rachel May Golden & Katherine Kong, Co-Organizers)