[UPDATED] The Value & Challenge of the Middle Ages in C.S. Lewis' The Discarded Image Half a Century Later, CFP Deadline: 20 Dec

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Paper Session for the Third Annual Symposium on Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Saint Louis University
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It has been about half a century since C.S. Lewis' The Discarded Image was published (1964), and the time seems ripe to look into its legacy, past and ongoing. With the constantly shifting critical landscape in medieval studies, especially the recent rise in new critical perspectives (e.g. disability studies, theories of the monstrous, etc.), a past work of medieval scholarship such as Lewis' can seem like a product of its own time more than a seminal advance in medieval studies. One wonders, though, to what extent knowing about such a work may be useful at all in the ever changing, advancing field of medieval studies. Some past works, for example, rather than falling out of favor or being simply forgotten, persistently remain integral participants in scholarly discourse, even when they seem somewhat dated (such as J.R.R. Tolkien's "Beowulf: The Monsters and the Critics" or D.W. Robertson's A Preface to Chaucer: Studies in Medieval Perspectives). One wonders, then, if The Discarded Image, despite the enduring popularity of its author, is worth taking seriously as the introduction to medieval and renaissance studies it purports to be.

This panel seeks to examine this highly insightful, seemingly highly personal, and perhaps highly generalizing work of scholarship by Lewis, and evaluate not only the legacy of The Discarded Image, but also its potential usefulness (scholarly, pedagogical, etc.) half a century later and beyond. Those interested in presenting a paper in this session should send a ca. 200 word abstract by 20 December 2014 to Michael Elam: