Transformed Bodies in Medieval Culture: a Symposium in Honor of Harriet Goldberg (1926-2001)

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March 13, 2021
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
French History / Studies, Languages, Literature, Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Spanish and Portuguese History / Studies


In 2002, Alan Deyermond described his relationship with Harriet Goldberg as one of admiration “for the quality of her scholarship and her range of interests.” These interests focused on popular sayings and traditions, dreams, sexual humor, and riddles. Goldberg also noted how images of societal inversion or role reversal could de shaped to express anxieties over gender and social identity. Inspired by Harriet Goldberg’s work on Iberian traditions, this conference seeks to examine different forms of bodily transformation, to map out the limits of gender, and to think of the ways in which current discussions on gender and identity intertwine with our understanding of the past. 




Michell Hamilton, PhD, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, "Isabel as Jezebel: a Sixteenth-Century Sephardic Account of Isabel la Católica”




Miguel Ibáñez Aristondo, PhD, Villanova University, “Nudity and Body Ornaments in the Boxer codex”


Noel Blanco-Mourelle, PhD, University of Chicago, “The Spiritual Body of Laymen. Arnau de Vilanova and the Beguins of the Crown of Aragon”


Matthew W. Dessing, PhD, University of Texas at El Paso, “Imaginative Transformation and Cross-Gender Identification: The Apolonio Poet and His Female Characters”


Ellen Lorraine Friedrich, PhD, Valdosta State University, “What’s in a Name—and a Body? Transforming bodies and names in Old French Literature”


Cristina M. Guardiola-Griffiths, PhD, University of Delaware, On the Uses of Breastmilk. Parody in the Arcipreste de Talavera”


Alexander Korte, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, “Paper title: From Pirate Captive to Captivating Juglar: Tarsiana’s Journey in Libro de Apolonio (c. 1250)”


Magaly Ortiz, PhD Candidate, University of Minnesota Twin Cities, “The Iberian Veil: Veiling and Unveiling in Selected Medieval Iberian Narratives”


Ana Pairet, PhD, Rutgers University, “Capturing Transformation: Melusine's Changing Bodies in Early Print Culture”


Rebecca Winer, PhD, Villanova University, “The ‘Body Work’ of Breastfeeding and Interfaith Relations in Medieval Iberia”




Jesús Botello, PhD, University of Delaware


Chad Leahy, PhD, University of Denver


This event is co-sponsored by The Delaware Medieval Association, the Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures at the University of Delaware, the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at Temple University, and Falvey Memorial Library at Villanova University. 






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