Announcement published by David Pecan on Tuesday, July 14, 2015
March 17, 2016 to March 20, 2016
Connecticut, United States
Medieval and Byzantine History / Studies, Modern European History / Studies, Literature
Footprints of Orpheus: Cult, Topoi, and Character in Medieval and Early Modern Britain
As scholars of Medieval and Early Modern culture, what can we learn from considerations of the Orphic presence in the literature of Britain? The idea and image of Orpheus, in folk narrative, cultural analogue, literary motif, emblem, symbol, and foundational myth, has influenced and inspired the British literary tradition since its very beginning, and as such offers opportunities for close readings of influence and innovation of the prototype. Drawn from Celtic, Classical, Scandinavian, and Continental source material, Orpheus and Orphic analogues have enabled the development and characterization of poetic progenitors, bardic personae, narrative performativity, and tales of the poet as hero, within and without patterns of social cohesion and divergence. Additionally, manifestations of Orpheus have informed notions of the authoritative “voice” of poetic text, links between creation and ownership of literary artifacts, the idea of the “author” as “tradition,” and the interface of performativity and the literary marketplace. Hosted by Professor David Pecan of SUNY Nassau, this NeMLA 2016 panel invites papers from interested faculty, graduate students, and independent scholars.
Please submit proposals via the NeMLA website: https://www.cfplist.com/nemla/Home/cfp and access Session # 15726 or search term Orpheus. The deadline for abstract submission is September 30th, 2016.
Northeast Modern Language Association
47th Annual Convention
March 17-20, 2016
Hosted by the University of Connecticut