Woman and Outlawry (2), ICMS, Kalamazoo, May 8-11, 2014

full name / name of organization: 
Alexander L. Kaufman, Valerie B. Johnson / International Association for Robin Hood Studies
contact email: 
akaufman@aum.edu; valeriebjohnson@gmail.com

We invite abstracts (300-500 words) for 15-20 minute paper presentations for the following two sessions, sponsored by the International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS), at the 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8-11, 2014 . Please send abstracts (300-500 words) and completed Participant Information Forms (link below) by September 15, 2013, to Alexander L. Kaufman (akaufman@aum.edu) and Valerie B. (valeriebjohnson@gmail.com).

Women and Outlawry: I. Historical Female Outlaws in the Middle Ages

Most of the best-known, historical outlaws from the Middle Ages in England, Scotland, and Wales (for example, Earl Godwin, Hereward, Eustace the Monk, Fouke fitz Waryn, Owain Glyndwr, and William Wallace) are men whose exploits are recorded in chronicles, charters, church records, pseudo-historical epics, family romances, and political poetry. However, as studies by Barbara Hanawalt, Jennifer Brewer, and others have demonstrated, women were “waved” as well (technically, men were “outlawed”) and for a variety of offenses. This panel solicits papers that focus on the presence of female outlaws in history and literature. These papers will examine the unique histories of female outlaws and why they were “waved,” how women negotiated the space of their outlawry, and how their experiences were different from and similar to their male counterparts.

Women and Outlawry: II. Female Agency in the Medieval Outlaw Literary Tradition

Outlaw narratives from the Middle Ages often feature a heroic good outlaw as the protagonist, such as Robin Hood, William Wallace, or Án Bow-bender, who must right a wrong, battle those who cause harm to his kith and kin, and defeat his adversaries before restoring his name (or dying in the process). Often overlooked in these narratives are the many female figures who, like Wealtheow in Beowulf, are present for a short time in the story, yet their actions are significant and oftentimes affect the outlaw’s behavior and his circumstances. A number of medieval outlaw tales include female characters whose agency is central to the development of the outlaw and the narrative: The Deeds of Hereward; Fouke le fitz Waryn; Gísla saga Súrssonar; Grettis saga; Harðar saga ok Hólmverja; Robin Hood and the Potter; and Adam Bell, Clim of the Clough, and William of Cloudesley. This panel solicits papers that recognize the narratival, thematic, and structural importance of females within medieval outlaw narratives, discuss how these women negotiate medieval gender roles, and examine female subjectivity within outlaw texts.

Participant Information Form: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF

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