Gender and the social imaginary in medieval Welsh law

by Robin Chapman Stacey

11 Dec 2020
Journal of the British Academy, volume 8 (2020)
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Abstract: This talk explores the role played by gender in the social imaginaries implicit in medieval Welsh law. It takes as its starting point the lawbooks of medieval Wales, which have narrative qualities rendering them susceptible to analyses of several different kinds, from standard historical readings, to scrutiny as law, to more literary critical methods. Of particular interest in this lecture are the ways in which ideas about male and female inform lawbook depictions of space and time, sexuality in both animal and human bodies, and everyday practices such as farming.

Keywords: Gender, Welsh law, space, farming, sexuality, social imaginary.

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