CFP: Readers, Reading and Reception in Medieval Devotional Literature and Practice (9/30/06; collection)

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(Essay Collection)
We are currently soliciting proposals for essay-length studies about
readers, reading, and reception in devotional literature and practice,
with particular interest in England in the later Middle Ages. This
collection of essays draws on current scholarly interest in medieval
readers, reading, and reception that extends across such disciplinary
bounds as art history, architecture, social history, and literature
studies. We seek proposals for papers that investigate a wide variety
of approaches to and examples of devotional readers, reading or
reception in the later Middle Ages.

Papers in the collection can look at the intersection between devotion
and reading or reception issues in general, as well as explore more
specifically how these issues are complicated by particular
circumstances such as audience or gender. Essays that examine reading
models and theories, cultural and historical practices, and gender
issues are also encouraged. Possible avenues of exploration include,
but are not limited to:

* Connections between devotional practices and reading practices
* Representations of readers and reading in devotional texts
* Literary production and reception of devotional texts and images
* Manuscripts and early books as devotional objects and as the spur to devotional practices
* Individual readers and patrons of devotional texts

Please submit a proposal of no more than 500 words by September 30,
2006 by email, fax or regular mail. Completed papers will be due summer 2007.
Susan Uselmann,
Department of English
Rhodes College
2000 North Parkway
Memphis, TN 38112-1690
fax (901) 843-3728;
Cathy Grisé
Dept. of English and Cultural Studies
McMaster University
1280 Main St. West
Hamilton, Ontario
Canada, L8S 4L9
Fax: (905) 777-8316;
GENERAL INQUIRIES welcome in advance of the deadline:
Kathryn Vulic,

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