Theorizing the Law of God and the Law of Man Theorizing the Law of God and the Law of Man in Late Medieval Literature

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Andreea Boboc, Kathleen E. Kennedy

We are inviting interdisciplinary contributions on law and literature for a collection of essays and CMS session that theorize the law of God and the law of man in late medieval literature (English and continental). We hope to receive submissions that explore various aspects of law: common, canon, civil, or customary law. We welcome theoretical angles that are in themselves interdisciplinary, such as cultural anthropology, social/cultural history, or critical theory. We see this volume as a contribution toward what Anthony Musson calls "the new legal history" – an exciting emerging field that values the intersection of law, literary texts, and culture. Interested contributors might consider the following topics, though these are guidelines and in no way limitations:

● Questions of Gender, Identity, and Subjectivity
● Construction of the Self (legal, social, philosophical, anthropological)
● Legal Spaces (geographical, urban, liminal)
● Legal Performances and Legal Language
● Discourses of Truth and "Truthiness"
● Crimes as Sins and Sins as Crimes
● Limits of the Law (precedents, conflicts of jurisdiction)

We encourage submissions from both young and established scholars. Brill has agreed to consider publishing the volume. The deadline for essay abstracts (around 150-200 words) is August 1, 2010. Initial publication decision will be made based on the abstracts and contributors contacted by September 30; however final selections will be made following receipt of complete essays. Final submissions (deadline TBA) should follow The Chicago Manual of Style (15th edition) and be about 9000 words. Please consider proposing a paper for the Theorizing the Law of God and the Law of Man panel at ICMS 2010 if you would like an opportunity to workshop your topic. Send ICMS abstracts by Sept. 15, 2009 to Andreea Boboc,, and Kathleen Kennedy,