Session Title

Gender and the Law: In Honor of Sally Livingston

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS)

Organizer Name

Melissa Ridley Elmes

Organizer Affiliation

Lindenwood Univ.

Presider Name

Linda E. Mitchell

Presider Affiliation

Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City

Paper Title 1

Lanval versus Guinevere: Gender and the Law in Marie de France's Lais

Presenter 1 Name

Stella Wang

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Paper Title 2

Swyvyng for Sustenance: Sex Work and Canon Law in The Cook's Tale and The Shipman's Tale

Presenter 2 Name

Leanne A. MacDonald

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Kwantlen Polytechnic Univ.

Paper Title 3

The Shepherdess's Plight: Gender, Class, and Law in the Pastourelle Motet

Presenter 3 Name

Kacie Morgan

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Los Angeles

Paper Title 4

Women and Their Morgengabe in Besieged Salerno: Violence, Charters, and Public Authority

Presenter 4 Name

Sarah L. Whitten

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Hobart and William Smitth Colleges

Start Date

7-5-2020 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 2016

Description

This session on “Gender and the Law” is sponsored in honor of Sally Livingston, former SMFS President, who died in summer 2018 following a long battle with brain cancer.

Sally was an indefatigable champion of feminist scholars and scholarship, with particular interests in her own work in the intersection between women and gender studies, literary studies, and economics. Her book, Marriage, Property, and Women’s Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) is an examination of the construction of women’s authority in marriage narratives through the discourse of property rights, arguing that “Women writers frame their response to both owning property and being property within the context of marriage. They use the power of language to tell stories that allow them to access the property they cannot or have not been able to hold materially. Language is bound up with material goods and the right to those goods. Literature thus becomes the site for women to work out their views on marriage; through literature, they write their rights through authorship.” (2)

This session honors her memory by featuring an interdisciplinary roster of papers focusing on aspects of “gender and the law,” in literature, history, and culture. Melissa A. Elmes

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May 7th, 3:30 PM

Gender and the Law: In Honor of Sally Livingston

Fetzer 2016

This session on “Gender and the Law” is sponsored in honor of Sally Livingston, former SMFS President, who died in summer 2018 following a long battle with brain cancer.

Sally was an indefatigable champion of feminist scholars and scholarship, with particular interests in her own work in the intersection between women and gender studies, literary studies, and economics. Her book, Marriage, Property, and Women’s Narratives (Palgrave Macmillan, 2012) is an examination of the construction of women’s authority in marriage narratives through the discourse of property rights, arguing that “Women writers frame their response to both owning property and being property within the context of marriage. They use the power of language to tell stories that allow them to access the property they cannot or have not been able to hold materially. Language is bound up with material goods and the right to those goods. Literature thus becomes the site for women to work out their views on marriage; through literature, they write their rights through authorship.” (2)

This session honors her memory by featuring an interdisciplinary roster of papers focusing on aspects of “gender and the law,” in literature, history, and culture. Melissa A. Elmes