CFP: [Medieval] MLA 2008 MRDS

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Carolyn Coulson-Grigsby

Performing Conquest, Colonization and Resistance in the European Middle
Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society sponsored session @ MLA Dec 2008

The panel seeks papers that engage postcolonial theoretical models in
exploring medieval performance subjects. Scholars from a number of
disciplines have identified such cultural operations as Orientalism,
exile, hybridity, and resistance--processes normally emblematic of
postcolonial/post-medieval fields of study--in pre-modern subjects such
as Anglo-Norman annexation, the Iberian reconquest, and crusade
literature. Theatre studies, on the other hand, has been less inclined
to situate medieval performance within imperial discourses and colonial
histories; the fact that Shakespeare’s The Tempest is still invoked as an
embryonic colonialist drama is a sign that much work has yet to be done.
This panel offers such an opportunity, principally to provide new ways of
understanding performative power relations in medieval societies but also
to continue the important work of confounding the myth of a monolithic,
static, and homogeneous Middle Ages.

Submit 250-word abstracts and contact information to Christopher Swift at by March 15, 2008.

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