16 August 2005

Call for papers: “Abandonment and Exile in Anglo–Saxon Prose”

This is a “Special Session” at the 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, held at Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 4–7, 2006.

Old English literature is rich in poetry that explores solitude, from The Wife’s Lament to The Seafarer. But what about the prose? This session seeks to explore the legal, literary, social, and theological functions of abandonment and exile in that prose. Papers that address law codes, penitentials, homilies, hagiography, and other prose Anglo–Saxon texts are encouraged.

For questions or abstract submissions, please contact me. The deadline for abstracts is September 10, 2005.