CFP: Animals in Arthuriana, Kalamazoo Medieval Congress 2014

My Rochester colleagues Kristi Castleberry and Kara L. McShane are looking for another paper or two to fill out what promises to be a really great session on Arthurian animals. Here’s the description:

From dragon-laced dreams to lion companions to warhorses, animals play a vital role in a wide range of Arthurian materials. Kara and I invite proposals engaging with the varying roles of animals within the realms of Arthurian literature, art, film, etc. Topics of interest may include, but are not limited to, the relationships between humans and animals in Arthuriana (for example, a knight and his horse), the historical place of animals in the tradition, the distinction (or lack thereof) between humans and animals, figures who can not be easily categorized as human or animal, animals symbolism and heraldry, prophetic animals, the adaptation of animals for contemporary Arthurian media, and more.
Please send 250-300 word abstracts to by September 15th.
For a great image of the Questing Beast, see the original post at Kristi’s and my former colleague Kate’s blog,