MLA 2020 in Seattle Channeling Relations in Medieval England and France
Universities often separate into departments based on geographic regions as seen in the designations of “English” and “French.” Yet for medieval studies, these two regions were not completely separate entities, but deeply entwined with culture, land, and even leadership frequently changing hands or uniting them together. Based on the 2018 conference of the same name, this panel aims to bring together scholars of English and French—as well as other disciplines—to show how their work necessarily crosses the boundaries between these two fields.
In a time when walls are literal, as well as metaphorical, we would especially be interested in papers that consider how this division within European literatures could be symptomatic of larger problems in the university structure or how connecting these two countries could reflect how Christian Europe set itself against a racialized East.
Please submit abstracts to email@example.com by March 15, 2019.