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CFP Arthurian Monster Quest (9/1/12; Kalamazoo 2013)

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    CALL FOR PAPERS ARTHURIAN MONSTER QUEST INVESTIGATING THE MONSTERS OF THE ARTHURIAN TRADITION, MEDIEVAL THROUGH MODERN A SESSION FOR THE 48TH INTERNATIONAL
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      CALL FOR PAPERS
      ARTHURIAN MONSTER QUEST
      INVESTIGATING THE MONSTERS OF THE ARTHURIAN TRADITION, MEDIEVAL THROUGH MODERN
      A SESSION FOR THE 48TH INTERNATIONAL CONGRESS ON MEDIEVAL STUDIES
      (WESTERN MICHIGAN UNIVERSITY, KALAMAZOO, MI) FROM 9-12 MAY 2013
      SPONSORED BY THE ALLIANCE FOR THE PROMOTION OF RESEARCH ON THE
      VILLAINS OF THE MATTER OF BRITAIN
      PROPOSALS BY 1 SEPTEMBER 2012 (EARLY SUBMISSION RECOMMENDED)

      Inspired by the pioneering work of Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, teratology,
      the study of monsters, is experiencing a renaissance of late in
      Medieval Studies. Much of this new work has been conducted under the
      auspices of MEARCSTAPA (Monsters: the Experimental Association for the
      Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical
      Application), but there remain other avenues to explore, especially
      with regards to fields of interest, like Arthurian Studies, that
      stretch outside the medieval and into the various eras of
      post-medieval history. In sponsoring this session, The Alliance for
      the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain
      hopes to offer some much needed illumination into the darker parts of
      Arthur’s realm and provide some sense of the history of the monsters
      that dwell in these shadows.

      In existence for nearly fifteen hundred years, the Matter of Britain,
      the body of myths and legends associated with King Arthur and his
      court, has long been linked with the supernatural, chiefly in Arthur’s
      own nebulous fate as the Once and Future King and in the
      wonder-workings of the incubus-spawned Merlin, the fairy women
      variously called the Lady of the Lake, and Arthur’s sibling Morgan le
      Fay, who is of human origin despite her otherworldly title. These
      characters have all received much attention from scholars, but the
      larger mass of Arthurian preternature has not. Besides these examples,
      the denizens of Camelot presented in medieval texts encounter many
      further mystical creatures, all of which we might consider as
      unnatural, or monstrous, today, including demons, dragons, the Fair
      Folk, figures we would now label as witches, giants, griffins,
      hellhounds, the restless dead, unicorns, werewolves, and, who can
      forget, the enigmatic Questing Beast. These monsters, although
      important features of their respective narratives, have all received
      little attention in modern scholarship. Their successors have received
      even less attention, despite the continuance of all of these
      preternatural beings in post-medieval Arthurian texts, including such
      extremes as the Blazing Dragons franchise, which recasts Arthurian
      figures as anthropomorphic dragons. In addition, as the corpus of
      Arthuriana has expanded exponentially following the close of the
      Middle Ages, this new Matter of Britain has also introduced additional
      creatures of the night (such as ogres, vampires, zombies, and a
      plethora of new creations featured in the Merlin television series)
      not found in medieval tales of Arthur’s court. Modern Arthurian texts,
      moreover, have expanded the provenance of the monstrous and
      transformed ordinary figures from the legend into monsters. It is this
      world of Arthurian monsters that we seek to explore in these sessions
      with the intent of opening up their realm for further discussion and
      appreciation.

      Please note, all submissions will also be considered for a special
      issue of ARTHURIANA on the topic. Completed essays will be due in June
      2013.


      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

      ArthurianVillainyResearch@...

      PLEASE INCLUDE “KALAMAZOO 2013 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/





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      The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
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