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Call for Papers: Plymouth State Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth, NH April 25-26, 2014
Session: Inscribing Monstrosity: Authors, Scribes and MSS
Sponsor: MEARCSTAPA
Organizer: Lisa LeBlanc


Monstrosity was used in the Middle Ages to represent difference, physical, mental, moral. It was often used to separate those on the outskirts of society (or from other societies altogether) from those considered in the mainstream. At times, however, authors depicted themselves as monstrous. This session will look at authors and narrators who depict monstrosity to reflect their own view of their place in society. Such monstrosity may be due to such things as moral failings, ethnic hybridity, gender, or other characteristics that cause one to see oneself as an outsider. The session will consider works from the early medieval period through the Renaissance. Questions to consider can include:

How are authorship, artistry, and audience united via monstrosity?
Must the author/artist "monster” him/herself in order to communicate monstrous material, and
must the audience do the same?
How do these transformations, which take place in conjunction with but nevertheless outside
the piece itself affect the relationship between the creator and the consumer?
Can one read/view/create the monstrous through one's own eyes, or must the means of the
communication of the aesthetic be "monstered?"


Abstracts of 250 words should be sent to Dr. Lisa LeBlanc
lleblanc@annamaria.edu
Deadline is Jan. 1, 2014
Please include your name, title and affiliation
Proposals not included in the session will be forwarded to the general proposal pool for consideration in other sessions.
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