Kalamazoo 2010 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies - Aurality and Literacy: Textual Audiences in Late Medieval Engla

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Saint Louis University Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies
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Late medieval England existed at the liminal spaces of media - within, without, and between oral, chirographic, and typographic "texts."  All of these media played important roles in creating linguistic works of art and in fashioning the communities and audiences of those works. Originators of such narratives, remembrances, complaints, lyrics, prophecies, and other works (whether oral or written) might have had various communities or audiences in mind  - both the aural and the literate - and frequently their works spoke to these varying audiences in different manners, whether intentionally or unintentionally.  This session will provide the opportunity for panelists to explore potential and real audiences of the works created in late medieval England.  Papers might explore the supposed "popularity" of certain texts,  the possible audiences for specific texts, the possible affect and effect of the works on a particular audience, and how the perceived or real aural or literate reception of texts affected the creation, circulation, interpretation, and memory of those texts.

Please send one-page abstracts no later than September 15, 2009, to the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Saint Louis University at harvey@slu.edu.