Sexy Beast: Amorous Monsters, Incest, and Bestiality in Medieval Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Scandinavian Literature Panel at NeMLA 2018

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Type: 
Call for Papers
Date: 
April 12, 2018 to April 15, 2018
Location: 
Pennsylvania, United States
Subject Fields: 
British History / Studies, Literature, Sexuality Studies

A Call for Papers for the 49th NeMLA Annual Conference, April 12th-15th, 2018, Pittsburgh, PA.

Sexy Beast: Amorous Monsters, Incest, and Bestiality in Medieval Celtic, Anglo-Saxon, and Scandinavian Literature

The realistic and fantastic narratives of the early medieval world contain no shortage of encounters that stretch, challenge, and break accepted social guidelines.  The theoretical analysis of non-traditional modes of desire, other-worldly wish fulfilment, and human-animal relations in the literatures of medieval Northern Europe offers opportunities for the provocative consideration of mythopoetic ritual, social syncretism, source study, literary innovation, authorial or cultural fetish, and the iconography or design features of the material culture of early Ireland, Wales, Scotland, England, and Scandinavia.  Eco-criticism, psychoanalytic and gender theory, and linguistic and cultural poetics provide a lens for the discussion of sexualized monster combat, romantic encounters with otherworldly or mythic entities, cross-species or magical seduction, angelic ravishments, the sexualized negotiation of clan or family structure, and the totemic representation of monstrous or animalistic couplings.  The deadline for abstract submission is September 30th, 2017.  Please submit 200 to 400 word abstracts to this panel via the official NeMLA website and follow the instructions posted there.  https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp  This panel is hosted by Professor David Pecan, SUNY Nassau.

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This panel is hosted by Professor David Pecan, SUNY Nassau.  It is requested that all abstract submissions be sent through the NeMLA website at https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp

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