Villains In Medieval And Early Modern Life And Lit

deadline for submissions: 
July 2, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Center for Medieval-Renaissance Studies, the University of Virginia’s College at Wise
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This panel of the 32nd Medieval-Renaissance Conference (UVA-Wise, Sept. 13-15, 2018) invites papers on medieval and early modern villains and the dynamic ethical codes assigned them by authors, audiences, and critics. By villains we mean criminals, tricksters (such as professional beggers), political careerists, or poets and their characters, charismatic or not. Some viable threads: villains as likable (anti-)heroes; villains as reflections of med-ren political and social audiences; the vices, virtues, and skills of villains; the ethical implications their very existence conjures. Submit abstracts to Sherif Abdelkarim at Deadline July 2, 2018.