CFP: [Medieval] Sworn Brotherhood in Medieval Literature (9/15/07; Kalamazoo, May 8-11, 2008)

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Sworn Brotherhood in Medieval Literature (9/15/07; Kalamazoo, May 8-11,

Call for Papers for the 43rd Int’l Congress on Medieval Studies,
Kalamazoo, MI, May 8-11, 2008

This panel focuses on the representation of sworn or “wed” brotherhood in
medieval literary texts and invites papers on such topics as:

- romances of brotherhood (e.g., Athelston, the widespread Amis and
Amiloun legend, Eger and Grime)
- brotherhood in chivalric romance (e.g., the legends of Tristan and
Guy of Warwick, Arthurian literature)
- brotherhood in Chaucer (The Knight’s Tale, The Pardoner's Tale,
The Shipman's Tale, Troilus and Criseyde, etc.)
- the historical accuracy of literary representations of brotherhood
- connections between sworn brotherhood and classical ideals of same-
sex friendship (from Aristotle, Cicero, etc.)
- brotherhood and (homo)sexuality
- brotherhood and law
- the format of brotherhood oaths
- marriage as a model for sworn brotherhood (and vice versa)
- conflicts between sworn brotherhood and marital or spiritual love

Please e-mail abstracts of 250-300 words by September 15th, 2007 to, or by traditional mail to:

Dr. Robert Stretter
Department of English
Yeshiva College
500 W. 185th St.
New York, NY 10033

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