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926Fwd: CFP Are You From Camelot? (Roundtable) (9/1/11; Kalamazoo 5/10-13/12)

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      List members,

      Again, I'm still looking for some proposals to round out the following
      round table session. Any help is greatly appreciated.

      Michael

      CFP Are You From Camelot? (Roundtable) (9/1/11; Kalamazoo 5/10-13/12)
      CALL FOR PAPERS

      ARE YOU FROM CAMELOT?
      RECENT ARTHURIAN FILM, TELEVISION, AND ELECTRONIC GAMES AS INNOVATORS
      OF THE ARTHURIAN TRADITION AND THEIR IMPACT

      A ROUNDTABLE FOR THE 47TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
      (WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, KALAMAZOO, MI) FROM 10-13 MAY 2012
      CO-SPONSORED BY THE ALLIANCE FOR THE PROMOTION OF RESEARCH ON THE
      VILLAINS OF THE MATTER OF BRITAIN AND THE VIRTUAL SOCIETY FOR THE
      STUDY OF POPULAR CULTURE AND THE MIDDLE AGES

      PROPOSALS BY 1 SEPTEMBER 2011 (EARLY SUBMISSION RECOMMENDED)

      The Matter of Britain is alive and well in modern mass media, and the
      media of film and television, especially, have long been recognized as
      important disseminators of the Arthurian legend to audiences of
      various ages and in disparate countries across the globe. Such
      productions are often assessed by their fidelity to pre-established
      versions of the legend, an anxiety of influence that Norris J. Lacy
      has termed “the tyranny of tradition.” However, mass media like film,
      television and electronic games also function as innovators of new
      traditions for representing characters or motifs that then become
      fixed in popular Arthuriana (consider, for example, both the
      long-standing iconographic portrayal of Merlin, cemented via Wolfgang
      Reitherman’s THE SWORD IN THE STONE, as an aged figure with flowing
      white hair, beard and robes or John Boorman’s conflation—copied by
      many later writers—of Morgan le Fay and Morgause in EXCALIBUR and the
      resulting figure’s role as the mother of Mordred, an expansion of her
      traditional filmic role as an enemy within Camelot), yet, to date, few
      studies, beyond lamentations of how to, as Lacy, puts it to “unteach”
      these texts, have explored this aspect of these modern Arthurian
      texts. The late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries, in
      particular, include many innovative productions (including Alexandre
      Astier’s KAAMELOTT; Steve Barron’s MERLIN; Chris Chibnall and Michael
      Hirst’s CAMELOT; Antoine Fuqua’s KING ARTHUR; Julian Jones, Jake
      Michie, Johnny Capps, and Julian Murphy’s MERLIN; Mythic
      Entertainment’s DARK AGE OF CAMELOT; SyFy’s STARGATE SG-1 and
      Type-Moon’s FATE/STAY NIGHT) that deviate significantly from
      preexisting literary and filmic/televisual traditions of the legend,
      and these works have influenced and will influence both further
      Arthurian texts and the popular reception of the Arthurian story as
      they are dispersed across the intertextual landscape of the modern
      Matter of Britain. For this session, in furtherance of the goals of
      the sponsoring organizations, we are particularly interested in how
      these recent representations of Arthurian characters (for example King
      Arthur, Guinevere, Merlin, Morded, Morgan le Fay, and Morgause) and
      motifs (such as the Grail legend) in film, television, and electronic
      games have shaped contemporary conceptions of these elements and,
      also, in exploring how these productions may influence ongoing or
      future Arthurian texts.

      PLEASE SUBMIT PROPOSALS OF 500 WORDS OR LESS, PARTICIPANT INFORMATION
      FORM (AVAILABLE AT
      http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/congress/submissions/index.html), AND A
      COPY OF YOUR CV TO THE ORGANIZERS AT

      Popular.Culture.and.the.Middle.Ages@...

      PLEASE INCLUDE “KALAMAZOO 2012 PROPOSAL” IN THE SUBJECT LINE


      FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE ALLIANCE FOR THE PROMOTION OF RESEARCH
      ON THE VILLAINS OF THE MATTER OF BRITAIN, PLEASE ACCESS OUR BLOG AT
      http://ArthurianVillainyResearch.blogspot.com/

      FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE VIRTUAL SOCIETY FOR THE STUDY OF
      POPULAR CULTURE AND THE MIDDLE AGES, PLEASE ACCESS OUR BLOG AT
      http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.blogspot.com/

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      Michael A. Torregrossa, Listserv Moderator/ Blog Editor
      The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
      Michael A Torregrossa and Carl James Grindley, Co-Founders
      http://PopularCultureandtheMiddleAges.org