CFP - SEMA Special Session: "On the Margins of Chivalry"

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Amy N. Vines / Southeastern Medieval Association Conference Oct. 3 - 5, 2013 at Appalachian State Univ. (Boone, NC)
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This session seeks papers that explore how texts from a variety of literary genres helped to produce the chivalric identities so important to medieval culture. Scholars of late medieval chivalry (both historians and literary critics) concentrate primarily on the way that formal apprenticeship and other masculine, courtly curricula produced and maintained chivalric identities. However, the papers in this session may examine a range of texts to consider how informal behavioral lessons and texts not explicitly or traditionally associated with the inculcation and promulgation of chivalry actually laid the critical groundwork for many facets of successful chivalric identity, such as the expression of appropriate emotion and the recognition of and respect for rank (e.g., beyond the respect of a retainer for his king). Understanding these marginal lessons as broadly constitutive of knighthood places the seeds of the chivalric curriculum in different literary and cultural locations, such as early childhood and the socially heterogeneous space of the feast and religious rituals, rather than the more male-dominated sphere of formal apprenticeship and the court.

Please send proposals of no more than 250 words to by June 15th