Approaches to Hybridity in the Epic Genre

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2019
full name / name of organization: 
Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch
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Approaches to Hybridity in the Epic Genre

55th International Congress on Medieval Studies

            Epic genre could be seen as what Mary Louis Pratt calls a "contact zone", a space in which diverse cultures "meet, clash and grapple with each other, often in contexts of highly asymmetrical relations of power". It is a space where encounters give rise to new categories of gender, class, rule, and language. The concept of hybridity allows for the exploration of these spaces and voices that do not fit neatly into prescribed definitions.

            The Société Rencesvals invites papers for a panel discussion that use concepts of hybridity and métissage as a framework for the study of epic genre (heroes, spaces, or literary forms/genres), taking the works of Homi Bhabba, Néstor García Canclini, Antonio Cornejo Polar, Daniel Boyarin, Peter Burke, Mary Louis Pratt, or others as a point of departure. The organizers envision a PechaKucha style panel discussion (concise six minute presentations), to allow for a Discussant and participation of attendees.

            We welcome abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a completed Participant Information Form (available in the Medieval Congress Website) to session organizer Rebeca Castellanos ( by September 15th, 2019.