Kalamazoo 2011: Raising the Dead in the Middle Ages

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Frank Napolitano
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This session invites papers that explore the existential and epistemological questions surrounding human mortality, and assurances over the power of death presented in medieval literature, religion, philosophy and fine arts. More specifically, the session hopes to explore how miracles force readers, viewers, and audiences to examine the relationship between the received wisdoms of religion, philosophy, and mythology concerning the end of life, and the ever-present realities of death and decay in human existence. The session welcomes scholars examining the relationship between miracles and mortality from various historical, literary, religious, or philosophical perspectives. Venues for such explorations might include drama, poetry, philosophy, textual exegesis, devotional traditions, and visual depictions of death or the raising of the dead. Abstracts and Participant Information Forms due by September 15th. Email fnapolitano@radford.edu with any questions.