Gender and the Dynamics of Marriage in Medieval English Literature

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Debbie Killingsworth / University of Oregon
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Call for papers, International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, 5/12 – 5/11.
Panel Title: "Gender and the Dynamics of Marriage in Medieval English Literature"

Representations of marriage pervade Medieval Literature and often these literary representations differ from the religious and/or secular expectations of this sort of relationship. Papers for the proposed session could explore:
• the gendered power dynamics within marriage
• the implications of marriage within the chivalric courtly tradition
• the insinuations regarding the reality of social attitudes regarding women
• the use of marriage as a metaphor to investigate the power dynamics within the larger societal institutions.

Abstracts between 250-300 words for papers of 15 minutes are invited by 20 August 2010. The abstract should also include a 50-word biographical note and AV requests.

Contact: Debbie Killingsworth, University of Oregon, Department of English,