1996 Conference

Gender and Transgression in the Middle Ages
York, 4th-5th January 1996

Thursday 4th January 1996


  • P.J.P. Goldberg (University of York) ‘Of Pigs and Prostitutes’
  • Sheila Lindenbaum (Indiana University) ‘Women on Display: The Case of Eleanor Cobham’
  • Sheila Sweetinburgh (University of Kent at Canterbury) ‘St John’s Hospital Sandwich: Gender and Discrimination in the Late Middle Ages’


  • P.H. Cullum (University of Huddersfield) ‘Clergy, Masculinity and Transgression’
  • Jane Gilbert (New Hall, Cambridge) ‘Gawain as Final Girl: Gender and Horror in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
  • RosalynnVoaden (St Anne’s College, Oxford) ‘I Did It My Way: Evasion, Avoidance and Outright Disobedience in the Writing of Medieval Women Visionaries


  • Round table discussion on John Boswell, Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe, led by Ross Balzaretti (University of Nottingham)

Friday 5th January 1996


  • Lesley Smith (Linacre College, Oxford) ‘Knowing their Place: Old Testament Women Transgressing their Gender?’
  • Jan Palmer (University of York) ‘Neo-virgin and Proto-martyr: Judith and the Anglo-Saxons’

10-1030 Business Meeting


  • John Arnold (University of York) ‘Subjectivity and the Performance of Gender in Inquisition Depositions’
  • Felicity Jones (University of York) ‘Transgressing the Feminine? The Social, Ritual and Cultural Roles of Cathar Bonnes Femmes’


  • Sarah Salih (University of East Anglia) ‘The Performance of Virginity’
  • Antonia Ward (University of York) ‘Telltale Signs: The Performative Identities of the Canterbury Tales
  • Cate Knowles (King’s College London) ‘The Cup, the Glove and the Mantle: Testing for Chastity in two Middle High German Texts’

Organisers: Kim Phillips and Katherine Lewis