2006 Conference
Gender, Ecstasy and Identity: Creation, Disruption, Transformation

Emmanuel College, Cambridge, 6-7 January 2006.


6 January 2006

9.15-9.45 Derek Brewer, Emmanuel College, Cambridge: Opening Remarks

9.45-10.45 Plenary 1

William Burgwinkle, King’s College, Cambridge: The Mundane and the Mystic: Sex and Exchange

11.15-12.45 Authoring Ecstasy

Angelina Stelmach, University of Pennsylvania: Word Made Flesh: Maternity and St Christine’s Two Lips in Le Livre de la Cité des Dames

Sarah Salih, University of East Anglia: Mystical Eroticism Revisited: A Drag Act in the Anchorhold?

Anna Klosowska, Miami University, Ohio: A Theory of Ecstasy: Deleuze’s ‘Any-Space-Whatever’ and Lacan

1.45-3.45 Ecstatic Transformations

Andrea Schultz, St Thomas University: Shifting Bodies, Shifting Genders: The Ecstatic Shape of Wolves and Men in Wulf and Eadwacer

John Fyler, Tufts University: Gender and Ecstasy in Troilus and Criseyde

Sandra Bialystok, University of Toronto: How to Shoot the Messenger; or, an Examination of the Textual and Sexual Body of the Go-between in the Libro de buen amor

Stavroula Constantinou, University of Cyprus: The Female Prostitute Becomes a ‘Male’ Saint: Gender, Ecstasy and Identity in Byzantine Lives of Holy Prostitutes

4.15-5.45 Social Ecstasy

Lori J. Walters, Florida State University: The Politics of Ecstasy in Fourteenth-Century Tournai: Passion and the Disciplinary Society

Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington University in St Louis: ‘The most soft deth’: Ecstasy and the Social in The Book of Margery Kempe

Annette Volfing, Oriel College, Oxford: Allegorical Ecstasy: Fragmentation of the Faculties in the German Daughter of Syon

7 January 2006

9.00-10.30 No Limits: Ecstatic Desire and Visualization

Victoria Turvey Sauron, University of Leeds: ‘Her Whole Body Becomes a Flame’: The Deadly Pleasure of Fire in Representations of Religious Ecstasy  

Megan Moore, Independent Scholar: Ecstatic Grief and the Sexualisation of Mourning in Chrétien de Troyes

Cary Howie, Cornell University: Saints in Sequence: The Paratactic Phenomenon

11.00-12.30 Performing Gender and Ecstasy

Helen Swift, St Hilda’s College, Oxford: ‘Pourquoi appellerions nous ces choses differentes, qu’une heure, un moment, un movement peuvent rendre du tout semblables?’ Representing Gender Identity in the Late-Medieval Querelle des femmes

  1. A. Laity, University of Houston-Downtown: Joy of Warriors: Juliana’s Masculine Ecstasies

Angela Dzelzainis-Hurworth, Université de Picardie: ‘Le corps remembré’: Textual/sexual Space in the Works of Guillaume de Machaut

1.30-2.30 Plenary 2

Robert Mills, King’s College London: Ecstasy, Queer Intimacy and the Subject of Medieval Devotion

2.30-4.00 Courtly Ecstasy

Claire Jardillier, Université de Paris-IV: Ecstatic Love/Courtly Ecstasy: Malory’s Lesson in Knightly and Ladylike Behaviour in Matters of the Heart

Andrea Oliver, University of East Anglia: Disrupting Masculinity? Battle Frenzy as Male Ecstasy

Natasha Romanova, University College, London: ‘Ma morz n’est se douceur non’: Ecstasy, Gender and Masochism in La Chastelaine de Vergi

4.30-6.00 Language and Ecstasy

David Rollo, University of Southern California, Los Angeles: ‘In illa alter ego’: Alain de Lille and the New Hermaphroditus

Susannah Mary Chewning, Union County College, New Jersey: Gender, Desire and the Nature of Ecstasy in Twelfth-Century English Mysticism

Agnieszka Gicala, Pedagogical University of Krakow: Ecstasy in Mystical Experience: Expressing the Inexpressible in The Cloud of Unknowing