South Atlantic MLA Convention, November 9-11, 2012: Traveling through Texts in / to the Middle Ages
Writers of the Middle Ages frequently wrote about travels—their own or someone else’s—as a way to bring their contemporary readers to distant, exciting, exotic, or holy places. But travel literature is not the only way we as modern readers can journey through, to, or within the Middle Ages. Medieval texts, by their very nature, require us to travel through time to the Middle Ages, and many modern texts set in the medieval period encourage us take the same journey. This panel seeks to explore how medieval texts (and texts set in the medieval period) help us travel within or through the place(s) of the medieval world, and / or these texts help us travel into the Middle Ages, by taking us within medieval culture, philosophy, history, and daily life.
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