31st Annual Meeting of the Southeastern Medieval Association

September 29 - October 1, 2005

Plaza Resort & Spa

Daytona Beach, Florida

BABEL Working Group panels:

Session #4: Medieval Humanisms/Modern Humanisms (roundtable discussion panel)

Session #18: Premodern and Posthuman: Bodies, Borders, and Histories (regular paper panel)

The papers included in this panel explored in various ways the intersections between identity and literary genre, human bodies and "bodies of knowledge," realism and fiction, representation and simulation, and "bodies" and "fields" of scholarship.

Session #35: The Scandalous and Amazonian Bodies of the Old English Wonders of the East (regular paper panel)

The papers included in this panel explored the connections between monstrosity, gender, and alterity in the Old English Wonders of the East, and they focused especially on the sexual anxiety, panic, and hysteria created by the "worthless" bodies of the giant, marble-bodied women whom Alexander must kill because "they could not be captured." Also explored were the connections between medieval and more modern forms of sexual hysteria that lead to violence against women.