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

Medieval Literature III

Session Chair: 
Anthony Tribit, University of Oregon
Session 9: Saturday 3:35-5:05pm
Skyline II (PH-ET)
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  1. Jamiee Cook, California State University Stanislaus
    This paper examines the portrayal of gender in Marie de France's lais, with particualr emphasis on the presence of feminine extramarital sexual passion. The natural symbolism in the lais is considered alongside the portrayal of feminine sexuality, suggesting that Marie de France produced political -- and perhaps early feminist -- verse. 
  2. Sandra Cruz, CSU Stanislaus
    During the medieval century there was a voracious fascination with the body, monsters, and death; particularly in the Anglo-Saxon culture. The poem Andreas adeptly depicts this blood lust through the cannibalistic nature of the Mermedonian people. While gripping in its gory details, the elements that make this literary piece so fascinating are the questions it raises. When considering the significance placed on the burial rights of individuals in medieval times, one cannot help but wonder what became of the souls of the Mermedonian’s victims. 
  3. Beatrice Skelley, University Place School District
    Some misread the Wife of Bath’s story, suggesting that the loathly lady is changed to gratify the knight.  On the contrary, the knight plays the part of the ugly frog who needs transforming.  Alison uses her developed feminist awareness to depict how the elf queen (disguised as a hag) finds a way to turn a toad of a man into an acceptable husband.  The usual disparagements of Alison are identified as tainted with male chauvinism and incorporates fairy tale memes and features of Reception Theory.  
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