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CFP: 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies

Thursday, July 18, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Evangeline Mee
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The Fifty-fifth International Congress on Medieval Studies will be held May 7–10, 2020 at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan. The International Association for Robin Hood Studies (IARHS) invites proposals for their sponsored session, “Reassessing the Matter of the Greenwood.”

Historian Maurice Keen’s study The Outlaws of Medieval Legend, first published in 1961, remains a significant contribution to outlaw studies. After noticing a number of shared themes, motifs, and styles in medieval outlaw narratives, Keen argued for a new fourth “matter” to join those of Britain, France, and Troy: the greenwood. It is time for a reassessment of his contribution. What are the significant characteristics of a text needed to classify it as a greenwood matter? Can medieval outlaw works exist as hybrid matters? How can matters of the greenwood outside of medieval Western Europe be accounted for? The papers in this session will examine verse and prose literary texts from the Middle Ages, and scholars are encouraged to think critically about genre and generic markers, the transmission of texts into various literary, cultural, and historical environments, and how shared textual characteristics formulate traditions.

Please send 250-word abstracts and a completed Participant Information Form (PIF) by September 15, 2019, to Alex Kaufman at alkaufman@bsu.edu.

For more information on the Congress, visit Western Michigan University’s website.

 



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