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September 3, 2016

CFP: The Child in Medieval Romance

Conference: 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies
Place: Kalamazoo, Michigan, United States
Date: May 11-14, 2017
Submission deadline for abstracts: September 15, 2016
Description:
»The medieval romance society invites submissions for three sessions seeking to open up the complexities of romances’ engagement with children’s issues. How do romances problematize the relationships between children and adult society? Can children act to challenge the social order? In what sense can or should romances be understood as ‘children’s literature’? Is it possible to construct a child’s perspective? The sessions particularly invite approaches and methodologies drawn from non-traditional disciplines such as psychology, anthropology and emotions history. They aim to reconceptualise the ways in which children ‘read’ romance and forge new understandings of children’s engagement with medieval literary culture.«
»Session III: The Child in Medieval Romance III: The Abused Child
This session invites papers on romances’ portrayal of child maltreatment. What are we to make of narratives of incest, abandonment and child murder? How might medieval children have ‘read’ these passages? Papers could discuss the portrayal of violence towards children and its relationship to medieval discourses of age, gender, motherhood, fatherhood, and nurture.«
More information: CFP website