CFP: [Medieval] The Medievally Monstrous and Frighteningly Familiar: Draugrs, Dragons, and Devil-Dogs

full name / name of organization: 
Frances B. Auld
contact email: 
mothrana22@aol.com

44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo
May 7-10, 2009
Call for Papers

Special Session: The Medievally Monstrous and Frighteningly Familiar:
Draugrs, Dragons, and Devil-Dogs

The presence of the monstrous medieval in contemporary fiction and film
often carries a sense of atavistic disjuncture critically marked
as "gothic." This session will explore familiar icons of monstrosity whose
presence signals the irruption of the medieval past into the present.
These papers will examine the neo-medieval presence of figures such as
revenants, worms, and hell hounds in terms of their earliest medieval and
classical referents. To what extent are their symbolic functions abrogated
by modern narratives and tastes? To what extent do they retain their
medieval physicality and/or emotional impact?

Please send abstract and participant information form
(http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions.html#Paper) by Sept.15
to mothrana22_at_aol.com.

Frances Auld, Ph.D
Assistant Professor
Albany State University
Department of English, Modern Languages, and Mass Comm
503 College Dr.
Albany, GA 31705

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