CFP: [Medieval] Kalamazoo 2008: Merchants on the Margins

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The University of Chicago Medieval Studies Workshop is sponsoring the
following session at Kalamazoo:

Merchants on the Margins
The role of merchants in late medieval society is prominent, yet merchants
are often conceived as marginal figures within late medieval texts: from
the liminial position of merchants in Piers Plowman to the wandering
merchants in The Play of the Sacrament to the exiled mercantile army in
Winner and Waster. This session will focus on the ambiguous ways in which
merchants are represented in medieval literature, and also on how these
representations participate in medieval anxieties about accumulation and
possession, value and worth, and eternal rewards and worldly goods.

Submissions are due to Christina von Nolcken ( by
September 15.

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