Scottish (Neo)Medievalism

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Dr Sarah M Dunnigan
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Call For Papers: Scottish (Neo)Medievalism: the imagined 'afterlives' of the Middle Ages
in Scotland

Papers are invited for a proposed special session on 'Scottish (Neo)Medievalism' for The
Thirteenth International Conference on Medieval and Renaissance Scottish Language and
Literature at Padua University, Italy, 22-26 July 2011, which will explore the various
cultural 'afterlives' imagined for the Middle Ages in Scotland.

The cult of medievalism in English and European literatures is well-known but can we
speak of a comparable fascination with ideas or imaginings of a distinctively 'Scottish
Middle Ages'? Do Scottish writers imagine 'the medieval' in particular ways? Are there
distinctive aesthetic, cultural, or political meanings which are subsequently ascribed to
Scottish medieval literature and culture? In what ways does the 'cultural nationalism' of
the Romantic period draw inspiration from medieval writers and sources? Has this
influenced ideas of 'canonicity' in any way?

Topics may include any aspects of (neo)medievalism in poetry, romance, narrative, and
other genres; folklore; translation, reception, and editing practices; and may be drawn
from various historical modes and imaginings such 'Gothic', Romantic, Victorian, and/or
other Scottish medievalisms.

Queries, and abstracts of 500 words (for 20 minute papers), should be sent to Sarah
Dunnigan, English Literature, Edinburgh University - - by August
12th 2010.