CFP – International Pearl-Poet Society – ICMS 2018

Call for Papers – ICMS 2018

The International Pearl-Poet Society is sponsoring three sessions at the 53rdInternational Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-13, 2018) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

1) Postcards from the Edge: Boundaries & Liminality in the Gawain-poet (paper session)

Hailing from, and possibly writing in, the Northwest Midlands, the poet of the Cotton Nero A.x poems was acutely aware of the tensions between the centre and periphery. Like Gawain venturing forth from the warmth of Arthur’s court to wander the Welsh marches, this session explores the role and function of the outside, the edge, and the in-between in the works of the Gawain-poet.

2) Play & Performance in the Pearl-poet (paper session)

This session moves beyond the critical discussion of ludic elements in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to take a more broad approach to play and performance in the poems of Cotton Nero A.x and St. Erkenwald. This wider scope allows for investigations of the poet’s interest in word games, competing voices and discourses, and the role of courtly entertainments in and for the poems.

3) A Readers’ Theatre of the Gawain-poet (performance session)

This session offers participants a chance to indulge in the texture of the poet’s rich language in the original Northwest Midlands dialect. We welcome monologues, dialogues, and performances by many voices. Please indicate the names of participants and the section of the text you will be performing.

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We invite abstracts from scholars of all levels. Papers may deal with one or all of the poems by the Pearl-poet. Paper sessions will consist of four fifteen-minute presentations with thirty minutes. We ask participants in the Readers’ Theatre to limit their performances to twenty minutes maximum.

Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) and the completed Participant Information Form (https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u434/2017/medieval-pif-2018.doc) by 15 September 2017 to

Benjamin Barootes
Centre for Medieval Studies
University of Toronto
125 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A1 Canada
bsw.barootes@utoronto.ca

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