Beasts in the Brut @ ICMS 2019

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
International Layamon's Brut Society
contact email: 

This is a session sponsored by the International Layamon's Brut Society for the 54th International Congress on Medieval Stodies, Western Michigan University, May 9-12, 2019.

This session invites proposals that focus on animals in Layamon’s Brut and in analogous Brut texts, including Layamon’s sources, Geoffrey of Monmouth and Wace, and the prose Brut(s).  Building upon recent scholarhsip, including Jane Roberts' article, "Animals and Hunting in Layamon's  Brut" (Studies in Modern English 2013), and Jeremy Withers’ article on animals in the Brut and and in the alliterative Morte Arthure, the session hopes to broaden our understanding of the role animals play in the Brut tradition and in medieval prose and poetry, both as characters themselves and as literary tropes. It thus welcomes both traditional and recent (eco-critical) approaches to the non-human figures in the Brut texts. Possible topics for the session include: animals in heroic similes, classical and vernacular sources for the Brut’s depictions of animals, animals in the Brut’s dream visions, animals and the landscape. 

Please submit a brief proposal (250-300 words) to Kenneth Tiller, Professor of English, University of Virginia's College at Wise,