“The Magical Mammal in Marie De France”

deadline for submissions: 
October 20, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
International Marie De France SPpnsored Session for 2019 MAP/ACMRS Conference

Call For Papers for Sponsored Session

2019 MAP/ACMRS Conference;Magic, Religion, and Science in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance 


“The Magical Mammal in Marie De France”

This session seeks papers that focus on the works of Marie de France and the intersection of
magic and the animal body. Recent scholarship, notably that of Karl Steel, has set a precedent for
contextualizing animals in order to understand the political, private, and public societies that
their bodies reflect in the Middle Ages. Magical moments in Marie’s works are not confined to
the occult, but can engage with the miraculous, wonderful, awe-inspiring, as well as the
bewitching properties of courtly love. This panel hopes to explore how these moments, in
tandem with the animal body, define or destroy medieval identities in Marie’s works. Papers may
address any of the known works by Marie de France (the Lais, the Fables, the Espurgatoire seint
Patriz, La vie Seinte Audree) or the anonymous lays. The objective is to generate discussion on
how Marie de France’s works construct complex medieval identities through the use of the
animal body.

Please send abstracts of no more than 250 words together with a brief bio to session organizer
Jillian K. Sutton at sutton.jillian.kaye@gmail.com by the 20 October 2018. Please include your
name, title, and affiliation on the abstract itself.