Session Title

Monsters III: Monstrous Acts of Heroism (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe; Monsters: The Experimental Association for the Research of Cryptozoology through Scholarly Theory and Practical Application (MEARCSTAPA)

Organizer Name

Deanna Forsman, Asa Simon Mittman

Organizer Affiliation

North Hennepin Community College, California State Univ.-Chico

Presider Name

Deanna Forsman

Paper Title 1

Panelist

Presenter 1 Name

Ilan Mitchell-Smith

Presenter 1 Affiliation

California State Univ.-Long Beach

Paper Title 2

Panelist

Presenter 2 Name

David Michael Hennessy

Presenter 2 Affiliation

San Francisco State Univ.

Paper Title 3

Panelist

Presenter 3 Name

Tina Boyer

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Wake Forest Univ.

Paper Title 4

Panelist

Presenter 4 Name

Ana Grinberg

Presenter 4 Affiliation

East Tennessee State Univ.

Paper Title 5

Panelist

Presenter 5 Name

Larissa Tracy

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Longwood Univ.

Start Date

13-5-2017 3:30 PM

Session Location

Fetzer 1045

Description

Are there times when heroic acts might, from another perspective, be seen as monstrous? How are Crusader tales narrated in Muslim sources, expulsion tales in Jewish sources, battles from the losing side, slaying tales told by dragons? If we listen for the subaltern to speak, what will we hear? Can we hear the legitimate laments of Grendel's mother, or understand the actions of Lanval's fairy lover? How did retinues of “Saracen” princes perceive the oft-valorized scenes of conversion? Should we praise St. Patrick for cursing inlets and killing the local “wizards” upon his arrival in Ireland? Other saints are valorized for acts of mortification, self-mutilation, and willful starvation. What do we learn if we shift our perspectives, if we re-view these images and narratives from other angles? We invite panelists for a roundtable on “Monstrous Acts of Heroism,” and welcome analysis of surviving texts and images, as well as creative and speculative retellings of medieval tales.

Asa S. Mittman

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May 13th, 3:30 PM

Monsters III: Monstrous Acts of Heroism (A Roundtable)

Fetzer 1045

Are there times when heroic acts might, from another perspective, be seen as monstrous? How are Crusader tales narrated in Muslim sources, expulsion tales in Jewish sources, battles from the losing side, slaying tales told by dragons? If we listen for the subaltern to speak, what will we hear? Can we hear the legitimate laments of Grendel's mother, or understand the actions of Lanval's fairy lover? How did retinues of “Saracen” princes perceive the oft-valorized scenes of conversion? Should we praise St. Patrick for cursing inlets and killing the local “wizards” upon his arrival in Ireland? Other saints are valorized for acts of mortification, self-mutilation, and willful starvation. What do we learn if we shift our perspectives, if we re-view these images and narratives from other angles? We invite panelists for a roundtable on “Monstrous Acts of Heroism,” and welcome analysis of surviving texts and images, as well as creative and speculative retellings of medieval tales.

Asa S. Mittman