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>From: "Holly Crocker" <[log in to unmask]>
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>Subject: CFP: Sexual Education in Medieval 
>Literature (no deadline noted; Kalamazoo, 
>5/4/06-5/7/06)
>
>Call for Abstracts, Kalamazoo 2006
>
>ìSexual Education in Medieval Literatureî
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>This panel seeks papers that explore the 
>consequences of young peopleís sexual 
>education*or lack thereof*across genres in 
>medieval literature.  While certain saintsí 
>narratives use the young virginís desire to 
>avoid sexual initiation as a way to express his 
>or her exemplary distance from lay society, the 
>virginís desire to avoid marriage and its 
>consummation suggest an awareness of sexuality 
>that characters in other genres do not display. 
>Most notably, Old French fabliaux suggest the 
>problems that ensue as a result of attempts to 
>educate young women and men about their gendered 
>sexual roles.  While many fabliaux suggest that 
>human sexuality cannot be contained by 
>prescriptive gender-education, others explore a 
>feature common to romance, genderís tendency to 
>postpone or disrupt sexual encounters.  This 
>panel thus also seeks papers that explore the 
>function of the ìgo-betweenî in medieval 
>narratives, looking at the ways that old women, 
>panderers, or even bawds provide ìforbid!
>  denî sexual education to men and women who 
>might not otherwise be able to gain such needed 
>knowledge. 
>
>Please send 1 page abstracts to:
>
>Holly A. Crocker
>Department of English
>University of South Carolina
>Columbia, SC  29208
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>e-mail submissions welcome!
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