MLA 2014- "Feel the Pain: Medieval Trauma"

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Middle English Language and Literature, Excluding Chaucer
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MLA 2014 CFP
Division on Middle English Language and Literature, Excluding Chaucer
"Feel the Pain: Medieval Trauma"
A Roundtable Session

Roundtable presentations are sought for a discussion about Medieval Trauma in Middle English texts.
Papers might consider hagiography, romance, expressions of psychological depth, the role of affect in the transmission of pain, narratives as painful and/or traumatic, bodies in pain, torture and truth, witnessing pain and the production of empathy through narrative, the pain of animals, medical views of pain, trauma as defined in by Medieval texts; papers might present close-readings of a primary Medieval text, meta-level discussions of narratives of trauma and pain in Medieval texts, or the trauma of university institutions narrowing their focus on the teaching of Medieval literature excluding Chaucer in general. Papers might also consider critical narratives as modes of trauma and pain as they produce alterity/identification.

We seek to create a round table that will allow for different perspectives of Medieval Trauma to be addressed in innovative ways.

Please send paper titles, a 500-word abstracts, and brief CVs to
Erin Felicia Labbie, by March 8, 2013.