Gender and Chaucer: New Readings (due September 30)

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Northeast Modern Language Association, March 21-24, 2013
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Gender and Chaucer: New Readings
In Crip Theory, Robert McRuer argues that 'compulsory able-bodiedness' functions analogously to compulsory heterosexuality to determine expressions of identity and marginalize the non-compliant. This panel seeks papers that investigate the work the Canterbury Tales does in constituting and challenging fourteenth-century norms about gender and sexuality as inflected by other categories of identity including, but not limited to, age, religious status, and ability. Send abstracts of 250-300 words to Heide Estes, at