Session Title

Queer Temporalities

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Society for the Study of Homosexuality in the Middle Ages (SSHMA)

Organizer Name

Lisa M. C. Weston, Graham N. Drake

Organizer Affiliation

California State Univ.-Fresno, SUNY-Geneseo

Presider Name

Lisa M. C. Weston

Paper Title 1

Hanging and Lolling as Queer Temporal Pause in Piers Plowman

Presenter 1 Name

Micah Goodrich

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Connecticut

Paper Title 2

Asynchronous Anchoritic Love, Medieval/Modern/Modalities

Presenter 2 Name

Michelle M. Sauer

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of North Dakota

Start Date

12-5-2017 1:30 PM

Session Location

Bernhard 204

Description

Further elaboration of what has become known as “the temporal turn” in queer theory has proven how productive such approaches can be. But what of such queer temporal connections in the Middle Ages as well as in medievalisms and medieval studies ? For example, Carolyn Dinshaw’s "How Soon is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time" focuses on a range of desires and affinities between the present and the medieval past.

To address such questions, the proposed session will include research and criticism on medieval engagements with historicized pasts and imagined futures, including reconsiderations of spolia, medieval forgeries or “re-creations” of imagined pasts; apocalyptic fantasies; textual anachronisms; the flattening of time and/or the production of temporal depth in the treatment of sources; temporal gaps and/or overlaps; of poly-chronicity; and/or trans-temporal affinities of various kinds. More theoretical considerations of the involvement (medieval and/or modern) of sexuality with temporal mensuration and/or periodization are also invited.

Graham N. Drake

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May 12th, 1:30 PM

Queer Temporalities

Bernhard 204

Further elaboration of what has become known as “the temporal turn” in queer theory has proven how productive such approaches can be. But what of such queer temporal connections in the Middle Ages as well as in medievalisms and medieval studies ? For example, Carolyn Dinshaw’s "How Soon is Now? Medieval Texts, Amateur Readers, and the Queerness of Time" focuses on a range of desires and affinities between the present and the medieval past.

To address such questions, the proposed session will include research and criticism on medieval engagements with historicized pasts and imagined futures, including reconsiderations of spolia, medieval forgeries or “re-creations” of imagined pasts; apocalyptic fantasies; textual anachronisms; the flattening of time and/or the production of temporal depth in the treatment of sources; temporal gaps and/or overlaps; of poly-chronicity; and/or trans-temporal affinities of various kinds. More theoretical considerations of the involvement (medieval and/or modern) of sexuality with temporal mensuration and/or periodization are also invited.

Graham N. Drake