2001 Conference
King’s Manor, York

Gender and Conflict in the Middle Ages
King’s Manor, York, 5th-7th January 2001

Friday 5 January 2001

Session 1a : Language, Comedy and Conflicts

  • Paul Price (Bristol), ‘A Case of Gender Conflict Avoided: The Magnanimous Cuckold in the Tale of Sir Corneus ‘
  • Jeanelle Barrett (Tarleton State), ‘Sticks and Stones: The Conflict between Language and Sexism in Chaucer’s Humor’
  • Mari Pakkala Weckström (Helsinki), ‘The Rise and Fall of the Faithful Wife; Chaucer’s Griselda and Dorigen seen through Dialogue’

Session 1b: Dynastic Struggles and Familial Relationships

  • Kirsten McMillan , (Liverpool), ‘A Story of Conflicts: Marriage and Conquest in the Gesta Regum Anglorum ‘
  • Natasha Hodgson (Hull), ‘Perceptions of Wives in Historical Narratives of the Crusades’
  • Sue Niebrzydowski (Warwick), ‘Damned Dowagers: The Representation of Queen Mothers in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale ‘

Session 2: Women and Clerical Culture

  • Gillian Overing (Wake Forest) and Clare A. Lees (Oregon), ‘The Clerics and the Critics: Women and Rhetoric in Anglo-Saxon England’

Saturday 6 January 2001

Session 3: Brothers in arms or Brothers at arms?

  • Lachlan Mead (Oxford), ‘”Mon al hym one”: Conflicting Modes of Association and Violence in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight ‘
  • Joseph A. Campana (Cornell), ‘Dorigen’s “Vitaille” Poetics’
  • Janet Gilbert (Cambridge), ‘Sign of Social Stigma or Space for Female Sexuality? Aspects of the morena in the Spanish Traditional Lyric’
  • Anke Bernau (Cardiff), ‘Matters of the Heart: Hermaphrodites, Hyenas and Metaphor’
  • Jonathan Walker (Illinois), ‘”Trans-Discursiveness” and Transvestite Sainthood; or, How to make the Gendered Form fit the Generic Function’

Session 4: Masculinities: Strengths and Weaknesses

  • Guy Halsall (Birkbeck), ‘The Ways of Warriors: Warfare, Violence and Masculinity in the Early Medieval West’
  • Sharon Farmer (California), ‘Poor Men, the Stigma of Poverty, and the Burdens of Masculinity’

Session 5a: Regal Representations

  • Catherine E. Karkov (Miami), ‘Art and Politics: Emma / Ælfygfu and the Image of the Queen’
  • Katherine J. Lewis (Huddersfield), ‘Edmund of East Anglia and Henry VI: Virginity and the Conflicts of Saintly Kingship’
  • Diana Dunn (Chester), ‘Margaret of Anjou, the Warlike Queen: the Making of a Reputation’

Session 5b: Place and Space

  • Denise Ryan (Canberra and Leeds), ‘Herod’s Law: Sovereignty and Trespass in the Coventry Shearmen and Taylors’ Pageant ‘
  • Helen Fulton (Sydney), ‘The Feminine Town in Chivalric Literature’
  • Esther Ketskemety (York), ‘The Court, the Forest and the Symbolism of the ‘chasse’ in The Bear Hunt , a Late Fifteenth Century Burgundian Tapestry Design’

Session 6: Sexual Conflicts

  • Nicola McDonald (York), ‘Violence and the Gender of Space in an Illuminated Confessio Amantis (Pierpont Morgan Library M126)’
  • Helen Cooper (Oxford), ‘Desirable Desire: Rethinking Female Sexuality’

Sunday 7 January 2001

Session 7a: Writers, Readers and Responses

  • Emma Campbell (King’s College, London), ‘Separating the Saints From the Boys: Reading Gender Conflict in the Vie de Saint Alexis ‘
  • Jacqueline Jenkins (Calgary), ‘”O blyssyd obedyence!”: Authority and Control in Bokenham’s Legendys of Hooly Wummen ‘

Session 7b: Policing Gender Roles

  • Miriam Müller (Birmingham), ‘Violence and the Use of the Hue and Cry in the Fourteenth-Century Community; revealing Attitudes to Gender’
  • Derek Neal (McGill), ‘Masculinity, Reputation and Conflict in the Law Courts of Late Medieval England’

Session 8: Conflicts in the Church Courts

  • Jeremy Goldberg (York), ‘Gender and Litigation: the Evidence of the York Consistory in the Later Middle Ages’
  • Shannon McSheffrey (Concordia), ‘Priests Behaving Badly: Clerical Sexual Misconduct in Fifteenth-Century London’

Session 9a: The Spectacle of Violence

  • Merrall Llewelyn Price (Alabama), ‘Holy Violence: Felons, Martyrs, and the Virgin Mary’
  • Robert Mills (Cambridge), ‘Battle of the Sexes? Punishment as a Hermeneutic in Medieval Martyrdom Iconography’

Session 9b: Women Writing Gender

  • Lara Hinchberger (Toronto), ‘Reading Rebellion: Gendering the Revolt of Liudolf of Swabia in Tenth-Century German Histories’
  • Wanda G. Klee (Marburg), ‘Violent (wo)men in Christine de Pizan’s Le Livre de la Cité des Dames ‘