NeMLA 2018 Panel: Ancient Myth and National Spaces in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2017
full name / name of organization: 
Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski and James Coleman / University of Pittsburgh
contact email: 

Please consider submitting an abstract to the following session at the NeMLA's 49th Convention that will take place April 12-15, 2018, in Pittsburgh, PA:

Ancient Myth and National Spaces in Medieval and Early Modern Europe

In this current age of resurgent nationalism, questions of national origin and legitimation take on a new importance. This panel, which welcomes submissions from scholars working within or across different national literary traditions, will explore the use of ancient myth in justifications of territorial conquests and the defense and legitimation of national spaces.

 Issues that papers may address include (but are not limited to):

Ancient and pseudo-ancient foundation myths 

Dynastic myths and claims of descent from classical figures

Medieval and early modern evocations of mythical conflicts

The Latin/vernacular divide and questions of elite/popular readerships

Word and image in the transmission of national myths


Session chairs:

Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski (University of Pittsburgh)

James Coleman (University of Pittsburgh)


Please submit abstracts of 300 or fewer words by September 30, 2017, at the following URL:

Any questions about this session can be emailed to