CFP - Intersections: Complicating Sexualities in Middle English Literature (NeMLA, April 30-May 3, 2015, Toronto)

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In her contribution to Bullough and Brundage's Handbook of Medieval Sexuality (1996), Jacqueline Murray calls for the de-universalization of the male perspective common to the majority of manuscripts. By composing accounts of sexuality that are in conversation with medieval sexual norms but which also pay attention to the individual experience of sex, we can arrive at a more nuanced understanding of medieval sexuality. Considering the sexual experience of literary characters also allows us to consider questions of mediated representation and perspective.

This panel seeks papers that consider the specificity of sexual experience in Middle English literature. How do characters' sexualities intersect with other factors, including ethnicity, social position, age, legal status, disability, or species? Papers might explore how intersections affect the sexuality of one character, show how intersection removes a character from an otherwise normative sexual role, or even consider the way modern perspectives might intersect with medieval sexualities.

According to new submission guidelines, no abstracts will be accepted through email. Instead, please submit 300 word-abstracts to Nicole Slipp through the NeMLA submission website:

If you have any questions, feel free to contact Nicole Slipp at

Deadline: Sept 30, 2014