posted on behalf of Michael Wenthe
Proposals are welcome for a special session on The Other, the Outsider, and the Outlaw in Medieval Romance. This session will direct attention to all those figures who lie outside the normative bounds of privileged romance identity, inviting perspectives from such theoretical currents as postcolonial theory, feminism, queer theory, disability studies, and marginality theory in order to shed new light on how the methods and functions of majority-culture narrative could approach the issues and challenges raised by figures on the margins of medieval society. Ideally, the session will encourage further discussion and reflection on how scholars employing different critical approaches can learn from each other's methods and conclusions, the better to extend and refine conceptions of the self and the other (broadly considered) as explored in medieval romance. One-page abstracts are due by September 15. Please direct inquiries and abstracts to Michael Wenthe at firstname.lastname@example.org.