10th Medieval English Studies Symposium (19-20 Nov 2011)
You are cordially invited to the 10th Medieval English Studies Symposium, organised by the School of English, Adam Mickiewicz University, which will be held in Poznań from 19-20 November, 2011. MESS10 will have as its aim bringing together specialists in the areas of medieval English literature and linguistics.
Literature Section at MESS10
Princes and Paupers: Class, Money and (social and physical) Otherness in medieval and medievalist literature in English
The main theme of the literary section is that class and wealth and their literary representations in the form of endorsements as well as admonitions. Princes and Paupers feature in secular literature of advice as well as in religious works on sins and transgressions, both types offering insight into the nature of medieval social life. Early medieval penitentials outline not only ideas on penance(exile which meant social exclusion being one of the most frequently prescribed punishments), but first and foremost demonstrate how crimes were punished differently according to the social class of the perpetrators. Mess 10 welcomes all papers dealing with the above mentioned aspects of medieval literature but we will also try to accommodate other papers, if need arises.
500-word abstracts should be submitted by the end of August 2011, preferably by e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org)