Northeast MLA - The Criminal Underworld in Medieval Literature - April 7-10, 2011

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University of Connecticut Medieval Studies
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Northeast Modern Language Association, New Brunswick, NJ - April 7-10, 2011

Session Title: The Criminal Underworld in Medieval Literature

How does medieval literature imagine criminal transgression? Do texts portray criminal transgression in the same way as moral transgression? What is the role of punishment in medieval literature? This panel invites proposals for papers that consider crime in medieval literature in relation to such themes as morality, legality, perceptions of the body and the body politic, social cooperation, community, conflict, and conflict resolution. Please send abstracts with affiliation and contact information to by September 30, 2010.