Reconsidering The Second Nun's Tale (Kalamazoo 2017)

deadline for submissions: 
September 12, 2016
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52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies - Kalamazoo, MI - May 11-14, 2017
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CFP: Reconsidering The Second Nun’s Tale
International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 11-14, 2017) in Kalamazoo, MI

Session rationale: Compared to many of its Canterbury Tales counterparts, The Second Nun’s Tale has received relatively minimal scholarly attention from Chaucer critics. This disparity seems to arise from a historical tendency to dismiss the tale as simply a hagiographical reproduction, which would a logical choice of tale for the Second Nun to tell, a situation that is then complicated by the absence of the Second Nun from the General Prologue. Considering the recently revived interest in other previously overlooked texts, such as The Tale of Melibee and The Monk’s Tale, a reconsideration of The Second Nun’s Tale could reward the same kind of attention. As a result of the fresh perspectives offered on this particular text, this session has the potential to offer new insight into the Canterbury Tales collective with regard to how the Second Nun and her tale function in tandem with other narrators, tales, and themes. It also has the potential to connect Chaucer studies more substantially to hagiography and religious studies and support the strong, continuing interest in gender and feminist scholarship.

Please email an abstract of 250 to 300 words and a completed Participant Information Form to me at by September 12, 2016. Early submissions are encouraged and appreciated. (The Participant Information Form can be found at: If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.


Emily McLemore
Graduate Teaching Associate
Department of English, Literature & Culture
Oregon State University