Session Title

Monsters I: Material Monsters

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application (MEARCSTAPA); Societas Daemonetica

Organizer Name

Melissa Ridley Elmes, Ana Grinberg, Asa Simon Mittman

Organizer Affiliation

Lindenwood Univ., East Tennessee State Univ., California State Univ.-Chico

Presider Name

Ana Grinberg

Paper Title 1

Saint Margaret and the Dragon: Representation and Ritual at Chartres Cathedral

Presenter 1 Name

Ashley Laverock

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Savannah College of Art and Design

Paper Title 2

Framing an English King: The Function of Ambiguity and Monstrosity in the Treatise of Walter de Milemete (Christ Church MS 92)

Presenter 2 Name

Caitlin DiMartino

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Texas-Austin

Paper Title 3

Material Monsters: Hides, Li Hisdeus, and Humans in Guillaume de Palerne

Presenter 3 Name

Cassidy Thompson

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Start Date

13-5-2017 10:00 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 1045

Description

The recent scholarly turn towards greater consideration of the material culture of the premodern world demands an equivalent attention to the place of the monstrous within that scholarship. This session invites twenty-minute papers from any discipline that locate, interpret, and analyze the materiality of monsters and monstrosity in medieval and early modern cultures. We invite consideration of the materiality of monsters, as well as of the media used to create representations thereof. Papers might examine monstrous figures represented on or shown wearing textiles, as made of or wielding wood or metal, or as fundamentally tied to their manuscript or architectural contexts. Medieval authors and modern scholars often see an essential connection between monsters and their physical embodiment. Most discussions have centered, following Augustine and Isidore, on vision. We invite consideration all material properties of monsters, and of all the senses in our reception of the monstrous.

Asa S. Mittman

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May 13th, 10:00 AM

Monsters I: Material Monsters

Fetzer 1045

The recent scholarly turn towards greater consideration of the material culture of the premodern world demands an equivalent attention to the place of the monstrous within that scholarship. This session invites twenty-minute papers from any discipline that locate, interpret, and analyze the materiality of monsters and monstrosity in medieval and early modern cultures. We invite consideration of the materiality of monsters, as well as of the media used to create representations thereof. Papers might examine monstrous figures represented on or shown wearing textiles, as made of or wielding wood or metal, or as fundamentally tied to their manuscript or architectural contexts. Medieval authors and modern scholars often see an essential connection between monsters and their physical embodiment. Most discussions have centered, following Augustine and Isidore, on vision. We invite consideration all material properties of monsters, and of all the senses in our reception of the monstrous.

Asa S. Mittman