Kalamazoo 2010: "Enclosure in Old and Middle English Literature" and "Speech and Action in Medieval Literature"

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Medieval Research Consortium, University of California, Davis
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The Medieval Research Consortium at the University of California, Davis, is now accepting abstracts for the following two sessions at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies to be held May 13-16, 2010.

1. Enclosure in Old and Middle English Literature
This session will investigate what types of mental and physical enclosures exist in Old and Middle English literature and how they function. Possible topics include architectural constructions such as cities and buildings, burial enclosures, and naturally occuring enclosures such as caves, but the panel also welcomes papers addressing mental enclosures of all kinds.

2. In a Manner of Speaking: Speech and Action in Medieval Literature
This session will probe the significance of words and actions in medieval texts, focusing on the relationship between words and deeds. Possible topics include oath-taking and the function of direct and indirect speech in literary texts.

The deadline for submissions is September 15th, 2009. Please send abstracts of 300 words or less, along with a completed Participant Information Form (available online at http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/), to
Keri Wolf
English Department
University of California, Davis
One Shields Ave.
Davis, CA 95616