NEMLA 2011: "My dwelling place among you": Faith and Landscape in the Middle Ages. (deadline 9/30/10; NEMLA 4/7/11-4/10/11)

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Northeastern Modern Language Association. New Brunswick, New Jersey, April 7-10, 2011
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This panel seeks papers addressing the following questions: To what extent does cosmology inform representations of place? To what extent are representations of places in medieval texts dependent upon Scriptural authority? How do medieval landscapes—literal or textual—self-consciously mirror Biblical landscapes? In what ways do medieval narratives explicitly reference Biblical landscapes as an aid to commentary upon social or political concerns of their day? As the significance of place is increasingly significant for our own conceptions of who we are, understanding the significance of place for medieval writers is as crucial for our understanding of who they were. Contemplating how faith is disseminated through depictions of landscape in medieval texts offers modern readers insight into a distinctly medieval "sense of place."
Please send abstracts of 250-300 words to Erin Mullally at by September 30, 2010. Please include your name, email address, affiliation, and A/V needs (if any).