CFP: Early Middle English Society (9/1/06; Kalamazoo, 5/10/07-5/13/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Sharon Goetz
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Sponsored Sessions (2) of the 42nd International Congress on Medieval
10-13 May 2007
Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI

Early Middle English Society I: Women and Devotion
Coordinator: Dorothy Kim (

We invite paper abstracts that consider the topic of women and devotion
from the twelfth to the mid-fourteenth century, in relation to the
period's multilingual, multicultural, and multidisciplinary range of
texts. With this in mind, the committee will consider papers that focus on
any of the following areas: psalters, books of hours, liturgy,
hagiography, guides, music, iconography, etc. We are open to works that
consider texts in any of the following languages: Latin, Greek,
Anglo-Norman and French, Middle Welsh, Old Irish, Middle English, Old
English, Hebrew.

Early Middle English Society II: Relations, Companions, and Derivatives
Coordinator: Sharon K. Goetz (

This panel sets as its frame the non-early Middle English contexts of
early Middle English texts. Given the relatively small tally of English
texts written before 1300, it is important to recognize that they do not
occur in isolation. Instead, they exist (frequently) in company with texts
written in other languages, and they show evidence of arising from
multilingual moments of reading, writing, and construing. We invite
abstracts that investigate concerns pertaining to any of these related
interactions: possible antecedents and models for EME texts (or models
rejected), such as the pre- and post-Conquest English vitae of Katherine,
Margaret, and Juliana; accompaniments to EME texts, such as occur in Digby
86, Jesus 29, Caligula A.ix, etc.; texts reliant upon EME relatives, such
as the Ancrene Riwle texts that exist in Anglo-Norman and Latin.

Please send abstracts before 1 September by e-mail via the links above, or
by postal mail to

Dorothy Kim
Department of English
149 Humanities Building, Box 951530
Los Angeles, CA 90095-1530
fax: +1 310 206 5093

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