CFP: [Medieval] Rethinking the South English Legendary

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Heather Blurton
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International Medieval Congress Leeds 2008

Rethinking the South English Legendary

The South English Legendary is the major vernacular hagiographic
collection of the English Middle Ages, with 50 or so manuscript and
manuscript fragments and 296 separate items in circulation in various
textual combinations and types of books from the late thirteenth to the
fifteenth centuries. Over the last few years, the SEL has become
increasingly well known as modern editions of individual texts and
manuscripts are produced. Meanwhile the hugely increased interest in
hagiography in anglophone scholarship and the cultural and post-
disciplinary turn in literary studies provides a wealth of new approaches
through which to view the SEL. Even though some good work has been done
on individual legends and on particular textual and codicological issues,
the old nationalizing narratives that saw the SEL as a proto-nationalistic
work of concrete rusticity and low-level English vernacular acheivement
have hindered perceptions of the SEL as a hugely various, cultural, social
and political phenomenon, useful and used by various groups and interests,
and as a mode of narrative superbly suitable for performance.

We would like to create a fresh new platform for thinking about and across
this rich and dynamic 'ouevre mouvant' and so seek two sessions dedicated
to it at the International Medieval Congress, Leeds 2008.
We invite abstracts by September 1, 2007 to Heather Blurton
( or Jocelyn Wogan-Browne (, Session Co-
Sponsored by the Centre for Medieval Studies University of York and the
Hagiographical Society

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