Update: The RIghteous Heathen in Medieval England--Kalamazoo (May 9-12)
This panel is proposed for the 2013 International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo Michigan, May 9-12. Broadly, this panel discussion will examine the use of the righteous heathen character in English literature. Panel papers might investigate the development of this character type within the English literary tradition as well as contrast it its continental counterparts. More specifically the panel will focus on the critical function of these pagan figures and examine how authors used this character type to address a variety of literary and cultural themes.
We welcome all submissions that explore the development and fictional uses of the righteous heathen in English literature. Please submit a 250-word abstract of your paper, along with a filled out participant form (found at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html) and email them to William Driscoll at firstname.lastname@example.org by September 15, 2012.