The Annual Women's History Month Lecture
"Representations of Women Warriors and Female Aggression in the Middle Ages"
Dr. Tracey-Anne Cooper (St. John's University) and
Dr. Christine Senecal (Shippensberg University)
Scholars often speak of female aggressors in the Middle Ages in binary terms, as 'Victims or Viragos.' However, medieval men's representations of women who acted aggressively were often ambiguous. This presentation analyzes medieval texts and images to advance a nuanced understanding of medieval representations of women who committed violent acts. With popular depictions of medieval women in modern media as 'warrior princesses' and the increased role of women in the military around the world, this is a pertinent time to re-examine perceptions of, and rules for, female aggression and combat in the middle Ages.
This is sure to be a lively and engaging presentation. I hope to see you there!
The History Department and the Women's & Gender Studies Minor.