2 Panels on Old Norse Literature [Kalamazoo, May 13-16, 2009]

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New England Saga Society (NESS)

We seek submissions for the following two panels to be held at the 45th International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, May 13-16, 2009.

1. Injury, Death, and Mourning in Icelandic Literature (organizers: Maria-Claudia Tomany, Minnesota State University, and John P. Sexton, Bridgewater State College)
This panel will present papers on the injured and slain figures who appear in saga literature. The panel offers the possibility of engaging with emerging fields such as disability studies as well as cultural, historicist, and gender study, though papers of any disciplinary or interdisciplinary approach will be considered.

2. Settlement, Homesteads, and Land Ownership in Icelandic Literature (organizers: Andrew M. Pfrenger, University of Connecticut, and John P. Sexton, Bridgewater State College)
This panel seeks papers addressing a feature of many sagas and related literature that has received relatively little critical attention—the importance of settlement claims and land law in Icelandic literature. This panel welcomes papers on any topic connected to the initial settlement age as well as any of the myriad examples of land rights, ownership, and disputes found throughout saga literature.

Proposals for either session (not to exceed 500 words) are welcome. Please send proposals by e-mail to john.sexton@bridgew.edu and andrew.pfrenger@uconn.edu or by standard mail to The New England Saga Society c/o J. Sexton, Department of English, 45 School St., Bridgewater State College, Bridgewater MA 02325.

We anticipate submitting our completed panels promptly on September 15 to the Congress organizers, so please submit your proposals as soon as is possible.

Thanks very much,

John P. Sexton and Andrew M. Pfrenger