Session Title

The Multivalent Voice: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Gender, Speech, and Performance in Medieval France (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Rachel May Golden; Katherine Kong

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Tennessee-Knoxville; Independent Scholar

Presider Name

Katherine Kong

Paper Title 1

Language Socialization and Medieval Motherese

Presenter 1 Name

Julie Singer

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Paper Title 2

Voice and Violence in "Farai un vers, pos mi sonelh" (PC 183, 12)

Presenter 2 Name

Tamara Bentley Caudill

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Jacksonville Univ.

Paper Title 3

Methods and Implications for Uncovering the Masculine Voice in Medieval Crusade Preaching

Presenter 3 Name

Lydia M. Walker

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies

Paper Title 4

"La rana e·l rossinhols": Interactions between Human and Animal Voices in Troubadour Song

Presenter 4 Name

Anne Levitsky

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Columbia Univ.

Paper Title 5

Speech, Voice, and Gender in a Medieval Liturgical Office

Presenter 5 Name

James J. Blasina

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Swarthmore College

Paper Title 6

The Witch's Voice in Roman de Perceforest: Between Forensics and Fiction

Presenter 6 Name

Andreea Marculescu

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Univ. of Oklahoma

Start Date

7-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Schneider 1360

Description

This interdisciplinary roundtable features brief presentations and discussion of contemporary approaches, frameworks, and methodologies for analyzing voice as a gendered and performed phenomenon in medieval French and Occitanian texts and songs. As medieval French texts were often voiced--that is, either read or sung aloud--voice is a central rubric for understanding the performance, reception, and interpretation of textual and musical works across varied genres. Drawing on contemporary scholarly dialogues, we investigate here strategies for uncovering the multivalent ways that such voices have been constructed, performed, and sounded, as we seek to understand their resonances both in the Middle Ages and today. This roundtable continues an ongoing series of sessions on Gender & Voice in Medieval France at Kalamazoo over the course of several years. (Rachel May Golden & Katherine Kong)

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May 7th, 3:30 PM

The Multivalent Voice: Interdisciplinary Approaches to Gender, Speech, and Performance in Medieval France (A Roundtable)

Schneider 1360

This interdisciplinary roundtable features brief presentations and discussion of contemporary approaches, frameworks, and methodologies for analyzing voice as a gendered and performed phenomenon in medieval French and Occitanian texts and songs. As medieval French texts were often voiced--that is, either read or sung aloud--voice is a central rubric for understanding the performance, reception, and interpretation of textual and musical works across varied genres. Drawing on contemporary scholarly dialogues, we investigate here strategies for uncovering the multivalent ways that such voices have been constructed, performed, and sounded, as we seek to understand their resonances both in the Middle Ages and today. This roundtable continues an ongoing series of sessions on Gender & Voice in Medieval France at Kalamazoo over the course of several years. (Rachel May Golden & Katherine Kong)