Cultural Palimpsests: Adaptation, Transposition, and Translation in/from Epics in Romance Languages (Kalamazoo 2023)

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2022
full name / name of organization: 
Ana Grinberg / Société Rencesvals, American-Canadian Branch
contact email: 

In his influential Palimpsests: Literature in the Second Degree, Gérard Genette proposed terms to refer to the relationship among texts: intertextuality, paratextuality, metatextuality, architextuality, and hypertextuality. Connections among texts are not new to medieval scholars, as is evident on volumes about sources and analogues; yet, textual networks might be more productively explored against trade routes, religious and political invasions, and ideological impositions. How are textual transpositions, which Genette defines as “serious transformation[s]” (212), anchored in cultural clashes and exchanges? The American-Canadian Branch of the Société Rencesvals invites scholars and practitioners from diverse fields to consider formal, linguistic, and thematic transpositions where epics in romance languages are in the center, both as hypotexts (i.e. sources of characters, motifs, etc.) and hypertexts (that is, adaptations, appropriations, and translations of other source texts).


Please submit your paper proposal in the Confex system ( by the deadline of September 15. Submissions require the author’s name, affiliation (if any) and contact information; title and abstract (250 words); and a short description (50 words) that may be made public. Please contact session organizers Norval Bard ( or Ana Grinberg ( with any questions. All abstracts not accepted for the session will be forwarded to Congress administrators for consideration in general sessions, as per Congress regulations.