Call for papers: The Use, Misuse, and Abuse of Bodies in Icelandic Literature

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New England Saga Society (NESS)
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NESS invites papers addressing any aspect of the question of bodies in the literature of medieval Iceland and Scandinavia. The panel will address the conception of the body--the living body or the dead, whole or disfigured, young or old, male or female--as a narrative construction. How was the body constructed narratively, and how did interpretations of bodies change from one period or text to another? As this question necessarily addresses intersections of religion, gender, disability studies, and other critical models, a wide range of papers is hoped for.