Boundaries in Medieval Romance Panel - Kalamazoo 2010

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Misty Urban, Lewis-Clark State College
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Boundaries and Boundedness in Medieval Romance in England

The interest in boundaries as a mode of critical inquiry into the spaces and movements of medieval romance is evidenced by recent work such as the collection _Boundaries in Medieval Romance_ edited by Neil Cartlidge (Studies in Medieval Romance; Boydell and Brewer, 2008). Likewise, boundaries as a lens for examining what a culture protects and accepts, values and rejects, or construes as normative and monstrous, as established in the work of Jeffrey Jerome Cohen and others, continue to generate lively paths of inquiry. We invite papers that examine boundary construction and contestation in terms not just spatial but also cultural, investigating the borders used to outline national, geographic, administrative, and family units, as well as gendered, religious, national, ethnic, or human identities in medieval English communities. One might even consider time itself as a boundary that flexes to meet the demands of romance audiences across periods and locales. A variety of critical frameworks are welcome to mine the questions posed by boundedness in its several forms.

Please submit a one-page proposal or prospectus by September 15, 2009, to:

Misty Urban
Assistant Professor of English
Humanities Division
Lewis-Clark State College
500 8th Avenue
Lewiston, ID 83501
Fax: 208.792.2324