Reconsidering Gender, Time and Memory in Medieval Culture by Elizabeth Cox, Liz Herbert McAvoy, Roberta Magnani

By Elizabeth Cox, Liz Herbert McAvoy, Roberta Magnani

The educational and use of reminiscence used to be the most important in medieval tradition, given the restricted literacy on the time, yet so far, little or no concept has been given to the complicated and disparate ways that the speculation and practices of memoryinteracted with the inherently risky options of time and gender on the time. The essays during this quantity, drawing on techniques from utilized poststructural and queer conception between others, reconsider these ideologies, meanings and responses generated by way of the workings of reminiscence inside and over ""time"". eventually, they argue for the inherent instability of the conventional gender-time-memory matrix (within which males are configured because the recorders of ""history""and ladies because the repositories of a extra inchoate familial and communal knowledge), exhibiting the center a while as a locus for a much more fluid conceptualization of time and reminiscence than has formerly been thought of. Elizabeth Cox is Lecturer in previous English at Swansea college; Roberta Magnani is Lecturer in Medieval Literature at Swansea college; Liz Herbert McAvoy is Professor of Medieval Literature at Swansea collage. members: Anne E. Bailey, Daisy Black, Elizabeth Cox, Fiona Harris-Stoertz, Ayoush Lazikani, Liz Herbert McAvoy, Pamela E. Morgan, William Rogers, Patricia Skinner, Victoria Turner.

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36 Medieval Expiration Dating? 40–4). ­Aucassin’s words therefore place Nicolette beyond both spatially and temporally oriented social hierarchy. By the close of the first récit, it thus appears that Aucassin has temporally dislocated himself from his family in the name of love and that Nicolette has been both temporally and spatially dislocated. These dislocations, however, are not occasioned by their gender but by their asynchronicity with those around them. Significantly, Nicolette is also physically absent from the text during the preliminary discussions of Aucassin’s inactivity; she is described at length by Garin, Aucassin’s mother, Aucassin himself and her godfather the viscount before actually appearing in the text in the third verse section.

191; Edelman, No Future, p. 35. 12 Aucassin et Nicolette, ed. Jean Dufournet (Paris, 1984). All references are to this edition with sections as Roman numerals, then line numbers in Arabic numerals. All translations are my own. 13 Jeffrey J. Cohen, Medieval Identity Machines (Minneapolis, MN, 2003), p. 18. , pp. 75 and 78. 10 11 32 Medieval Expiration Dating? her (Saracen) genealogy, transforming her limited relationship with Aucassin into a forward-looking heterosexual union. Likewise, travel overcomes the stasis caused by Aucassin’s periods of passive introspection and channels Nicolette’s pro-activeness into a conventional ending.

These dislocations, however, are not occasioned by their gender but by their asynchronicity with those around them. Significantly, Nicolette is also physically absent from the text during the preliminary discussions of Aucassin’s inactivity; she is described at length by Garin, Aucassin’s mother, Aucassin himself and her godfather the viscount before actually appearing in the text in the third verse section. As the focus of every conversation in the first four sections of the tale, récit and verse, she is given a somewhat legendary status as the obstacle to Aucassin’s assumption of his dutiful role.

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