Call for contributions for a volume of collected essays:
Formulas in Medieval English Language, Literature and Civilisation
GRENDEL (IDEA) Research Group, Nancy-University, France
Abstract submission deadline: September 15 2008
Paper submission deadline: November 15 2008
The aim of this call is to expand and enhance an essay collection based on the conference “Formulas in Medieval English Language, Literature and Civilisation” which took place in Nancy (France) on June 13–14 2008.
Formulaic writings or stories rely on the expected return of easily recognizable stylistic and/or generic devices. They imply repetition and variation, and thus raise the issue of individual expression in its relation to collective means and norms.
The collection of essays compiled by the GRENDEL Research Group at Nancy-University will consider the formula in all its aspects. Possible topics include:
- linguistic/semantic studies
- literary use of formulas (e.g. oral-formulaic theory, literary genres)
- cultural/historical (e.g. legal formulas, magic formulas, rituals)
- diachronic/synchronic perspectives
Formulas are present everywhere in medieval England, in literature of course, but also in language and culture, implying the notion of cliché, and more generally the relation between change and continuity, ritual and innovation, society and the individual. The essay collection will allow us to reflect on a mode of communication whose influence can be traced in most aspects of medieval language, literature and culture. This will provide an opportunity to analyse medieval modes of expression and assess their effects on contemporary thought and
Proposals (title and an abstract of about 300 words) should be sent by e-mail to Colette Stevanovitch (Colette.Stevanovitch_at_univ-nancy2.fr) by September 15 2008.
Completed papers (about 4000 words) are expected by November 15 2008.
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