Panel Title: "National Borders and Medieval Spaces"
This panel investigates the role modern national geographic, linguistic and textual borders play in our understanding and reading of the medieval past. Under question in this panel are concepts related to pure vs. hybrid languages, genres and literatures, national literary canons, borders and border spaces, and the idea of community, whether political, literary, or otherwise. Ideally this panel includes a broad range of
European literary traditions and aims to problematize the divide between medieval and modern. The notion of borders is broadly conceived and can address nation, discipline, time, genre, gender, etc. Areas of investigation might include: