ICMS Kalamazoo 2020: Text as Image in Medieval Literature

deadline for submissions: 
September 10, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Yale Department of English Medieval Colloquium

The Yale Department of English Medieval Colloquium & Scriptorium working group are pleased to present two panels and a roundtable that have grown out of our conversations with speakers and faculty over the previous year (See our other listings for additional panels). For panels, we invite papers of 15 to 20 minutes and for the roundtable we invite 5-7 minute remarks on the topic. If you are uncertain as to your proposed paper’s fit for the panels, please contact us. While our colloquium represents the Department of English at Yale, we are interdisciplinary in outlook and composition and welcome papers from all medieval-interested disciplines and that cover topics beyond texts in Anglo-Saxon and Middle English. Please send abstracts of roughly 250 words with a completed PIF form to the above email address by September 10, 2019.

Session I: Text as Image in Medieval Literature

Recent criticism has explored the ways images present unique challenges and opportunities for our understanding of texts. Indeed, the phrase image as text has become common in scholarship. What of the inverse proposition wherein text is analyzed as image? Following on the work of scholars from many disciplines, including literary studies, art history, history, and book history among others, this panel seeks papers that interrogate text as image, both in its material manifestations of script, text and illumination, mise-en-page, and ordinatio, and its narratival manifestations. In particular, this panel wishes to draw together material evidence and narratival trajectories to speak to the complex relationship between material image in illumination, script, and other material instantiations and the cognitive experiences of textual imagery. We particularly invite papers that blur disciplinary boundaries and make use of research from literary studies, art history, history, paleography, and other allied disciplines.