Language, Space, and Place in the Brut-ICMS 2022
Scholarship on the Brut has begun to reexamine the role of space and place in the text’s presentation and readers’ reception of insular history. The Brut texts provide fertile grounds for such discussions, as much of the legendary history documented in the Brut involves reshaping and redefining insular territory, including descriptions of the island and its wonders, the construction of cities and castles, the renaming of places and cities by rulers and conquerors, among others. This session seeks proposals that further the critical conversation about territorial and textual space and its relation to language in the Brut and in its analogues. We are particularly interested in proposals that examine ways the Brut texts engage medieval concepts of space and place: how is space defined, perceived, and navigated in the Brut? How does Layamon’s own sense of place or space inform his identity? Possible topics include: local space in the Brut, boundaries and territorial limits, text as space, Layamon in his West-Midlands context.
Please submit proposals (250-300 word) to the ICMS submissions website (https://icms.confex.com/icms/2022am/cfp.cgi) by September 15.
Please direct any questions to:
Professor of English
University of Virginia-Wise