CFP: Classical Ladies, Medieval Texts: Translating Gender (9/15/06; Kalamazoo, 5/10/07-5/13/07)

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Call for Papers: International Medieval Congress, Western Michigan
University, Kalamazoo, MI, 10-13 May 2007

Classical Ladies, Medieval Texts: Translating Gender in(to) the Middle Ages

Although significant work has been done on the place of the literature of
Classical and Late Antiquity in the Middle Ages, much remains to be discussed on
the presentation of women and gender (especially on figures other than Dido or
those in the works of Boccaccio and Chaucer). As the tales of Troy, Thebes,
Aeneas, Alexander, etc., are translated into various vernaculars for medieval
audiences (or otherwise adapted into medieval Latin), so too are the
characteristics, motives, actions, garments, histories, roles, and/or words of
female characters translated, adapted, expanded, or even invented by medieval

Whether these 'translations' are made in order for the characters to
resonate with the contemporary audiences or for other authorial motivations, I
am especially interested in soliciting essays for this session that compare the
characterizations of women in medieval retellings of the tales of Antiquity with
their Classical counterparts and that consider the significance these
differences may have on medieval articulations of gender.

Please send 1-2 pg. abstracts via email before September 15, 2006.

Please email inquiries offlist :) thanks!!


Dum spiro, spero (Cicero)

Corpus omne perseverare in statu suo quiescendi vel movendi uniformiter in
directum, nisi quatenus a viribus impressis cogitur statum illum mutare
(Galileo's Principle)

A. Paschkowiak, Ph.D. Candidate
Program in Comparative Literature
Department of Languages, Literatures and Cultures
University of Massachusetts
430 Herter Hall
161 Presidents Dr
Amherst MA 01003-9312, USA

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