Friday, July 15, 2011

CFP: "The Decorated Page" of Medieval Images and Graphic Novels

Ooooh, this is very much up my alley! I'd love to be able to attend this...

"The Decorated Page" of Medieval Images and Graphic Novels:
"Sequential Theory" in dialogue with medieval art 

International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan
10-13 May 2012

We can follow the history of the “Decorated Page” from illuminated medieval manuscripts to the graphic novel, but what if we skip the pesky intervening years from one to the other? That is, what can the theories and analysis of medieval manuscripts, wall paintings or other medieval visual mediums tell us about how we read the graphic novel, and how might the theories behind contemporary graphic novel analysis help us read medieval illustrations and art?

Standing on the shoulders of traditional analysis of medieval images, the use of the visual theories that support analysis of the graphic novel is a way of engaging the images in a postmodern (post medieval) way.  Interpreting a manuscript image is probably the most common use, but we can see the potential of “sequential imagery” analysis being used on wall paintings, sculpture, frescoes, friezes and icons.

We invite papers on a wide range of issues and fields, but the dialogue must be between graphic novel theory/practice and medieval art.  Proposals should be 300+ words and must clearly indicate the significance, line of argument, principal texts and relation to existing scholarship (if possible).  Email the proposal in the body of the message, a 50 word bio note, and a completed Participant Information form ( to Dominique Hoche at or . Due September 15, 2011.

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