113th Annual Conference - Portland, Oregon
Friday, November 6 - Sunday, November 8, 2015

Medieval Literature I

Session Chair: 
Maria Cecilia Ruiz, University of San Diego
Session 6: Saturday 8:30-10:00am
Senate Suite (PH-ET)
Topic Area: 


  1. Rachel Kapelle, Willamette University
    The romance The Awntyrs off Arthure features contrasting speeches made by a ghost to Guinevere and Gawain and therefore allows us to compare mid-career identity adjustment opportunities for male and female characters in late medieval English literature. The Awntyrs indicates that, contrary to what we might expect, in some situations a female character may have more freedom to transform herself into an exemplary individual than a knight has, a knight trapped on an unalterable path.
  2. Melanie McBride, American Public University
    Analysis of the female protagonists in the 12th-century French Partonopeu de Blois suggests that women were empowered to achieve their own goals, but they attained this empowerment through hiding and lying, cajoling and flattering, and manipulating others. Even given the strictures of a patriarchal society, they achieve their goals while being loved and honored.
  3. Victoria White, University of California, Davis
    This paper discusses Chrétien de Troyes’ Yvain, Le Chevalier au Lion, reading the lion as a participant in the chivalric culture of courtly adventure and vassalage, and arguing that the romance prompts us to wonder whether noble knights can be found even beyond the human species. 
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