Reminder of Special Session at the 30th International Congress on
Medieval Studies at Kalamazoo, May 4-7, 1995.
"The Body in Pain--With Laughter: Perspectives on Middle English
Needed: Papers addressing pain, suffering, torture, or brutality
in Middle English Drama (in its texts, sources, or records),
especially as they are juxtaposed against or contrasted with
comic effects of the plays;
papers addressing the political nature of pain (speaking for,
speaking as, or comforting the body in pain), especially as
complicated by the comedy in the plays.
Though the title of the session recalls Elaine Scarry's book, The
Body in Pain, papers need not use Scarry's work.
Performance-oriented, historical, textual, literary, and
theoretical approaches are all welcome.
As there has been a great deal of interest in the body and pain
in the past several years, this should prove to be a lively
Please send abstract and short cover letter to
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