International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 8-11, 2014: Compromised Bodies in Late Medieval France and Italy

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University of Minnesota Center for Medieval Studies
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The body was a central concern for late medieval French and Italian societies. This panel will consider how individuals and society recognized and reacted to the body in compromised states (as a result of both internal and external conditions, such as madness, disease, passion, hunger, disability, crime, poverty, etc.). What kinds of identity formation occur from the body in altered states? How are cultural constructions of "the body" used to identify and problematize ideas of corporeal experience? Papers may approach questions of physical and emotional transformation through the body from literary and cultural appropriations, comparative studies, trauma studies, cognitive theory and/or linguistic studies.

Paper proposals due September 15, 2013, to