CFP: Truth and Treason in Middle English Literature (Kalamazoo 2008)

full name / name of organization: 
Wolfram R. Keller
contact email: 
kellerw@staff.uni-marburg.de

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Call for papers, 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies,
Kalamazoo, MI, 2008

Truth and Treason in Middle English Literature

In light of recent work on the semantic and legal ramifications of
"truth" and "tresoun" in late medieval England, particularly Richard
Firth Green's <i>A Crisis of Truth<i> and Lynn Staley's <i>Languages
of Power in the Reign of Richard II<i>, this panel proposes to
revisit the contextual embeddedness of these concepts in Middle
English literature. How do different medieval genres represent the
personal and political discourses of truth and treason? How does
historiography offer a way for understanding the contextual necessity
of defining these terms? How might historiographical perspectives on
treason revise our reading of its depiction in medieval literature?
Might the treasonous nature of an action in its immediate context be
reconsidered within the long durée of history? By what processes do
individual agents, authors, and institutions negotiate divergent
notions of proper action with regard to the nation?

Please send abstracts by September 1 to Tim Arner (<tda121_at_psu.edu>)
and Wolfram Keller (<kellerw_at_staff.uni-marburg.de>).

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Wolfram R. Keller
Institut fuer Anglistik
Philipps-Universitaet Marburg
D-35032 Marburg/Germany

+49 6421 2824782 (phone)
+49 6421 2824367 (fax)
<http://www.staff.uni-marburg.de/~kellerw/>
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Received on Fri Jul 27 2007 - 15:56:14 EDT

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medieval