CFP for "The Middle English Gawain Romances" for Kalamazoo 2010

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Kristin Bovaird-Abbo / Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
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CFP for "The Middle English Gawain Romances (Excluding Sir Gawain and the Green Knight)" for Kalamazoo 2010

As the title of this session suggests, we will be focusing on the lesser known Middle English romances which feature Gawain. Although Thomas Hahn published his TEAMS edition of Sir Gawain: Eleven Romances and Tales in 1995, scholarship on these tales has been scarce in comparison to Malory or Pearl poet studies. This panel, therefore, seeks papers which explore the character of Gawain as he appears in the lesser known Middle English romances, particularly Sir Gawain and the Carle of Carlisle, The Avowyng of Arthur, The Awntyrs off Arthur, The Knightly Tale of Gologras and Gawain, The Turke and Sir Gawain, and The Carle of Carlisle. Is there a consistent Gawain of the English? How do these romances advance current discussions of gender, post colonialism, and nationality?

Please submit an abstract for a 15-20 minute presentation, and a Participant Information Form (link below), by September 15, 2009 to Kristin Bovaird-Abbo at

All panelists need to be members of the Medieval Association of the Midwest by May 2010 in order to participate.

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