Session Title

Body Politics and Bodies Politic

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Lucas Wood

Organizer Affiliation

Texas Tech Univ.

Presider Name

Julie K. Chamberlin

Presider Affiliation

Indiana Univ.-Bloomington

Paper Title 1

Political Bodies, Mechanical Bodies: Ekphrasis, Automata, and (Geo)politics in Twelfth-Century Romance

Presenter 1 Name

Jonathan Morton

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Max-Planck-Institut für Wissenschaftsgeschichte/Tulane Univ.

Paper Title 2

Politicizing the Pastourelle in the Hundred Years War

Presenter 2 Name

Elizaveta Strakhov

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Marquette Univ.

Paper Title 3

Bodies Politic and Affective Subjects in Deschamps and Chartier

Presenter 3 Name

Lucas Wood

Start Date

9-5-2019 1:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 2335

Description

This session explores poetic configurations of the politicized body in medieval Francophone literature, focusing on the relationship between the potent metaphor of the “body politic” and the broader domain of “body politics”—the ideologically charged construction, regulation, and conscription of human bodies as sites both of sensory and affective experience and of discursive inscriptions of identities framed in terms of gender, class, religion, race, lineage, partisan affiliation, nationality, etc. Considering diverse texts and genres from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries, the three panelists will investigate ways in which writers conjoin body politics and representations of bodies politic so as to mediate between individual readers and various incarnations of corporate or collective identity. In this context, they will also study medieval strategies for imagining, advocating and critiquing models of embodied subjectivity and subjection by staging human bodies alongside (and playing them against) mechanical, animal, and allegorical bodies in ways that call into question the organic or artificial, monolithic or fragmentary, anthropocentric or more ecological nature of the “body politic.” Lucas Wood

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May 9th, 1:30 PM

Body Politics and Bodies Politic

Schneider 2335

This session explores poetic configurations of the politicized body in medieval Francophone literature, focusing on the relationship between the potent metaphor of the “body politic” and the broader domain of “body politics”—the ideologically charged construction, regulation, and conscription of human bodies as sites both of sensory and affective experience and of discursive inscriptions of identities framed in terms of gender, class, religion, race, lineage, partisan affiliation, nationality, etc. Considering diverse texts and genres from the twelfth through the fifteenth centuries, the three panelists will investigate ways in which writers conjoin body politics and representations of bodies politic so as to mediate between individual readers and various incarnations of corporate or collective identity. In this context, they will also study medieval strategies for imagining, advocating and critiquing models of embodied subjectivity and subjection by staging human bodies alongside (and playing them against) mechanical, animal, and allegorical bodies in ways that call into question the organic or artificial, monolithic or fragmentary, anthropocentric or more ecological nature of the “body politic.” Lucas Wood