Session Title

Female Friendship in Medieval Literature I

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Medieval Studies Institute, Indiana Univ.-Bloomington

Organizer Name

Usha Vishnuvajjala

Organizer Affiliation

Indiana Univ.-Bloomington

Presider Name

Usha Vishnuvajjala

Paper Title 1

Female Friendship and Female Audiences in Chaucer's Legend of Good Women

Presenter 1 Name

Cynthia Turner Camp

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Georgia

Paper Title 2

Female Friendship in Middle English Romance

Presenter 2 Name

Melissa Ridley Elmes

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Lindenwood Univ.

Paper Title 3

Female Friendships in the Medieval Alehouse: Obscenity, Peer Education, and Gendered Community in Alewife Poems

Presenter 3 Name

Carissa M. Harris

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Temple Univ.

Paper Title 4

Response

Presenter 4 Name

Karma Lochrie

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Indiana Univ.-Bloomington

Start Date

14-5-2017 8:30 AM

Session Location

Bernhard 210

Description

Studies of friendship in medieval literature have, until recently, tended to focus on friendships between and among men, such as those among knights or those in political communities such as a king's affinity. But recent work on recovering literary depictions of women's experiences, such as the 2011 edited volume The Inner Life of Women in Medieval Romance Literature: Grief, Guilt, and Hypocrisy and the University of Surrey's project "Women's Literary Culture & The Medieval Canon" have begun to do the work of opening up space in which to investigate friendships between women. As work on early modern women's political friendships demonstrates, this subject is ripe for study. This panel will aim to query some aspects of medieval literary representations of friendships or alliances between women. Papers may consider religious, aesthetic, or political aspects of such friendship in any genre of medieval literature.

Shannon N. Gayk

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May 14th, 8:30 AM

Female Friendship in Medieval Literature I

Bernhard 210

Studies of friendship in medieval literature have, until recently, tended to focus on friendships between and among men, such as those among knights or those in political communities such as a king's affinity. But recent work on recovering literary depictions of women's experiences, such as the 2011 edited volume The Inner Life of Women in Medieval Romance Literature: Grief, Guilt, and Hypocrisy and the University of Surrey's project "Women's Literary Culture & The Medieval Canon" have begun to do the work of opening up space in which to investigate friendships between women. As work on early modern women's political friendships demonstrates, this subject is ripe for study. This panel will aim to query some aspects of medieval literary representations of friendships or alliances between women. Papers may consider religious, aesthetic, or political aspects of such friendship in any genre of medieval literature.

Shannon N. Gayk