CFP: Health and Healing in Medieval Romance (9/15/05; Kalamazoo, 5/4/06-5/7/06)

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Mica Gould
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The Medieval Romance Society invites abstracts on the subject of Health and
Healing in Medieval Romance for presentation at the Forty-first
International Congress on Medieval Studies in May 2006. In the past decade,
scholarship has made significant contributions to the study of medieval
health and medicine. What has yet to be fully explored, however, is how
these concepts are manifested in popular literary works. Where does the
medical concept of the disease of love come into play in the literature?
What is the scientific explanation of "magical healing"? This session seeks
to explore how notions of health and healing inform, or are informed by,
medieval romances. Topics include but are not limited to
The disease of love
Humors and physical and psychological health
Images of the body
Magical medicines
Problems in the combination of medicine and romance
Significance of body fluids
How Gender differences affects health issues

Please submit abstracts by September 15, 2005 to
Mica Gould
English Department
500 Oval Drive
Purdue University
West Lafayette IN 47904

Ilan Mitchell-Smith
2707 Normand Cir.
College Station, TX 77845

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