"The Decorated Page" of Medieval Images and Graphic Novels: "Sequential Theory" in Dialogue with Medieval Art

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"The Decorated Page" of Medieval Images and Graphic Novels: "Sequential Theory" in Dialogue with Medieval Art

International Medieval Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan: May 9-12, 2013.

Deadline: September 15, 2012

For information, contact: m.tichenor@utoronto.ca

The "Decorated Page" of illuminated medieval manuscripts has a connection to the modern graphic novel, but what can the theories and analysis of medieval manuscripts, wall paintings or other medieval visual mediums tell us about how we read the graphic novel, and how might the theories behind the contemporary graphic novel analysis help us read the medieval illustrations and art?

Standing on the shoulders of traditional analysis of medieval images, the use of the visual theories that support analysis of the graphic novel is a way of engaging the images in a postmodern (post medieval) way. Interpreting a sequence of manuscript images is probably the most common use, but we can see the potential of "sequential imagery" analysis being used on wall paintings, sculpture, frescoes, friezes, textiles, altar pieces and icons.

We invite papers that establish a dialogue between graphic novel theory/practice and a particular piece of medieval art. Presenters may assume readers and audience will have a moderate to high level of familiarity with the works of Eisner, McCloud, and Groensteen.

Proposals should be no longer than 400 words and must clearly indicate the significance, line of argument, principal texts and relation to existing scholarship (if possible). Email the proposal in the body of the message, a 50-word bio note, and a completed Participant Information form (http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html#PIF) to Morris Tichenor at contact: m.tichenor@utoronto.ca . Due September 15, 2012.

For general information about the 2013 Medieval Congress, visit: http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/index.html.