"Queering the Classics: Desiring the Past in Medieval Latin Literature" Kalamazoo 2010

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Emily Blakelock/Centre for Medieval Studies (Toronto) Latin Working Group

Kalamazoo 2010 CFP
45th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 13-16, 2010.

Queering the Classics: Desiring the Past in Medieval Latin Literature

A decade after the initial publication of Getting Medieval, Carolyn Dinshaw's conception of "queer history" as an affective connection with the past continues to generate interest and debate. Although Dinshaw's notion of queer history as "the touch across time" has been a cogent way for modern historians and literary critics to examine the role of desire in their own relationships with and discussions of the past, it also provides a particularly fruitful framework for describing the production of classicized Latin literature in the medieval period. The goal of this session is to explore the affective nature of medieval Latin intertextuality through an interdisciplinary exchange of ideas, uncovering new perspectives on medieval Latinity by using the concepts of queer history and affectivity. How do medieval authors 'queer' the classical past in different ways? What affective connections do they make across time and space? Possible topics include, but are not limited to: appropriation of classical literary genres; memory of / desire for the past in medieval education; rereading and misreading of classical texts, etc.

Papers will be 20 minutes in length. Abstracts of 200 words as well as Participant Information Forms (see link below) should be sent to Emily Blakelock, emily.blakelock@utoronto.ca, by Sept 15, 2009.