Fifteenth International Congress
of the New Chaucer Society

July 27-31, 2006, in New York City

Conference Schedule
Thursday, July 27   ·   Friday, July 28   ·   Saturday, July 29   ·   Sunday, July 30   ·   Monday, July 31

Thursday, July 27

10:00 am-5:30 pm
Main Entrance Registration

President’s Dining Room, 12th floor 11:00 am-2:00 pm
Trustees’ Meeting

2:00-3:00 pm
Pope Auditorium Session 1 (Plenary)
Business Meeting

3:00-3:30 pm
Pope Auditorium Session 2 (Plenary)
Presidential Address:
David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania
“New Chaucer Topographies”

3:30-4:00 pm
Plaza Level Coffee, tea, and cookies

4:00-5:30 pm
Concurrent Paper Sessions (Sessions 3-7)

12th fl. Lounge Session 3: What is Happening to the Middle Ages?
Session organizer: Stephanie Trigg, University of Melbourne
Session chair: Tom Prendergast, College of Wooster


James Simpson, Harvard University
“Making History Whole: Diachronic History and the Shortcomings of Medieval Studies”
Stephanie Trigg, University of Melbourne
“Cultural Memory and the Middle Ages: What is the Future of Medievalism?”
Philip Thiel, University of York
“Bridging the Gap: Two Worlds, One Poet”
Carolyn Dinshaw, New York University
“Never, Always, Now, Again: The Temporalities of Medieval Studies”

LL 523 Session 4: Adaptations: Chaucer and Julian in the Modern World
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: Russell Peck, University of Rochester


Laurie Finke, Kenyon College
“Screening The Canterbury Tales
Lorraine K. Stock, University of Houston
“Reinventing Chaucer Onstage for an Early Twentieth-Century Audience: Percy Mackaye's 1908 Play and Reginald De Koven's 1917 Opera, Canterbury Pilgrims
Tamara F. O’Callaghan, Northern Kentucky University
“Tongue to Tongue: An Afro-Caribbean Response to Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Denise Baker, University of North Carolina
“Julie Norwich and Julian of Norwich: Annie Dillard’s Theodicy in Holy the Firm

LL 816 Session 5: Dream Visions
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: Lisa Kiser, The Ohio State University


Elizabeth Fowler, University of Virginia
“The Disposition of the Bed Chamber”
Thomas Hahn, University of Rochester
“Vernacular Style and the Scene of Reading”
Tim Turner, University of Texas at Austin
“Imagining Women’s Spaces and Women’s Voices in The Floure and the Leafe” 
Suzanne Conklin Akbari, University of Toronto
“Emotion, Motion, and Transformation in the Legend of Good Women

LL 524 Session 6: Reading Antiquity
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: Elizabeth Archibald, University of Bristol


Alex Mueller, University of Minnesota, Twin Cities
“An Anti-Homeric Ethic: Translating Truth in the Destruction of Troy
Wolfram R. Keller, Philipps Universität Marburg
“‘To Be Trewe to Her Nacioun’: Troy Book and Fifteenth-Century Chaucerian Nationhood”
Roberta Magnani, Cardiff University
“‘Petrarke, Ariosto, and Gaufredus Chaucer’: How Speght and Thynne Translated Chaucer into a Classical Author”
K.P. Clarke, University College, Oxford
“The Legend of Good Women and the Latin Glosses to Ovid's Heroides: Some Approaches”

LL 518 Session 7: Chaucer in Theory
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: Peggy Knapp, Carnegie Mellon University


Krista Sue-Lo Twu, University of Minnesota, Duluth
“Quitting the ‘Manciple’s Tale’”
Allan Mitchell, University of Kent
“Ethics in the Event of the Canterbury Tales
Leonard Koff, University of California, Los Angeles
“Chaucer's Liminal Ethics: The Other as Test Case”
Michelle R. Warren, University of Miami
“Post-Philology for Chaucer”

5:30-6:30 pm
Plaza Atrium Reception 1
Sponsored by Hunter College and The Graduate Center, The City University of New York

Thursday, July 27   ·   Friday, July 28   ·   Saturday, July 29   ·   Sunday, July 30   ·   Monday, July 31

Friday, July 28

Main Entrance 8:30 am-6:30 pm
Registration

South Lounge 8:30 am-5:00 pm
Book Exhibit
Sponsored by SUNY Stony Brook

12th fl. Lounge 9:00-10:30 am
Session 8 (Plenary): Exhibiting Medieval Art: A Discussion with Directors and Curators
Organizers: Daniel R. Rubey, Hofstra University, and John M. Ganim, University of California, Riverside
Presiding: David Lawton, Executive Director, New Chaucer Society, and Washington University


Peter Barnet, Michel David-Weill Curator in Charge, Department of Medieval Art and The Cloisters, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
Consuelo W. Dutschke, Curator, Medieval and Renaissance Manuscripts, Columbia University
Nancy Netzer, Director, McMullen Museum of Art and Professor of Art History, Boston College
Moderators: Daniel R. Rubey, Dean of Library & Information Services, Hofstra University and John M. Ganim, University of California, Riverside
This panel is in conjunction with tours of the Morgan Library and the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

Plaza Level 10:30-11:00 am
Coffee, tea, and pastries

11:00 am-12:30 pm
Concurrent Paper Sessions (Sessions 9-13)

LL 523 Session 9: Reading Aloud as Interpretation
Session organizer and chair: David Fuller, University of Durham

Howell Chickering, Amherst College
“Audible Sincerity Increases Unheard Ironies”
Alan Gaylord, Dartmouth College
“Aurality/Orality: What's a Poor Reader To Do?”
Michael Murphy, CUNY
“Chaucerians, Don't Do It with Pronounced ‘-e’s”
William Quinn, University of Arkansas
“An Echoic Reading of the ‘Canticus Troili’”

12th fl. Lounge Session 10: Finding Adam Scriveyn: Scribes, Manuscripts, And Texts
Session organizer and chair: Toshiyuki Takamiya, Keio University

Jeremy Smith, University of Glasgow
“The Linguistic Implications of Adam Pinkhurst”
Alan J. Fletcher, University College, Dublin
“Dr Jekyll and Mr Pinkhurst: The Under-the-Counter Literature of Adam Scriveyn”
Stephen B. Partridge, University of British Columbia
“The Making of Corpus 198 and the Ellesmere Tradition: Evidence from the Melibee Glosses”
Linne Mooney, University of York
“Adam Pinkhurst in Context”

LL 816 Session 11: Ethics: History
Session organizer: Richard Newhauser, Trinity University, San Antonio
Session chair: Nicolette Zeeman, King’s College, Cambridge


Edwin D. Craun, Washington and Lee University
“The ‘Stalke’ and the ‘Balke’: The Ethics of Reproof in The Canterbury Tales
Larry Scanlon, Rutgers University
“Queer After All: Toward an Historically Responsible, Philologically Nuanced, and Otherwise Thoroughly Unimpeachable Reading of the Pardoner’s Sexuality”
Nicholas Watson, Harvard University
“The Remedy Against Temptation: Moral Theology and the Problem of Despair”

LL 518 Session 12: The University
Session organizer and chair: Warren Ginsberg, University of Oregon

George Shuffelton, Carleton College
“‘Every Clerk Held With Other’: Friendship, Ownership, and Clerical Solidarity in English University Life”
Thomas Goodmann, University of Miami
“The University in Ruins? Scholastic Argot, Vernacular Writing, and Arundel’s Constitutions”
Nicole Nolan Sidhu, East Carolina University
“Politics, Rape and the Intellectual in Chaucer’s ‘Reeve’s Tale’: From Fabliau to the Classics”
William Askins, Community College of Philadelphia
“Taking Chaucer to School”

LL 524 Session 13: Performing Emotion
Session organizer and chair: Sarah McNamer, Georgetown University

Lawrence Besserman, Hebrew University of Jerusalem
“On Being ‘Sober’: Hiding Emotion in Chaucer and Other Middle English Contexts”
Denis Renevey, Universities of Fribourg and Neuchâtel
“Cacophony and Silence: Performing Emotion in The Parliament of Fowls
Seeta Chaganti, University of California, Davis
“‘How Sholde I Singe Mor?’: Lyric Conjunctions of Emotion and Performance in Medieval England”
Fiona Somerset, Duke University
“Feeling Like Saints: Affect, Martyrdom, and Performance in Late Medieval England”

12:30-2:30 pm
Lunch / Free Time

2:30-4:00 pm
Concurrent Paper Sessions (Sessions 14-18)

LL 523 Session 14: Historicism as Close Reading
Session organizer and chair: Tom Stillinger, University of Utah

Miriamne Krummel, University of Dayton
“Historicizing Sir Thopas’s Jewish Armorer”
Kathy Cawsey, Wilfrid Laurier University
“‘What Man Artow?’ Lee Patterson’s Gradual Self-definition as a New Historicist”
Thomas J. Farrell, Stetson University
“Close Reading, History, and Genre: Can Cecilia Tell a Lollard Joke?”
Warren Ginsberg, University of Oregon
“Joke, Sermon, ‘Gaude’: Reading the Pardoner’s Approach”

LL 816 Session 15: London and Textual Culture: Chaucer in the City
Session organizer and chair: Marion Turner, King’s College London

Nicola McDonald, University of York
“The Word and the Street: Sexual and Civic Negotiation in the Ward Mote Records, Troilus and Criseyde, and the Annunciation”
Sarah Rees-Jones, University of York
“The Word on the Street: Chaucer and the Regulation of Nuisance in Post-plague London”
Joel Fredell, Southeastern Louisiana University
“Chaucer and Ricardian Pamphlet Poetry in London”
Jonathan Hsy, University of Pennsylvania
“Marchantz, Mercurie and Markyng: Gower, Chaucer and the London Goldsmiths”

12th fl. Lounge Session 16 Ethics: Narrative
Session organizers: Elizabeth Allen, University of California, Irvine, and Catherine Sanok, University of Michigan
Session chair: Elizabeth Allen, University of California, Irvine


Glenn Burger, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
“Experimenting with the Real: The Griselda Story as Ethical Narrative”
Frank Grady, University of Missouri, Saint Louis
“Hard-boiled Hagiography, or Looking Awry at St. Erkenwald
Walter Wadiak, University of California, Irvine
“‘With that Word’: Making Examples in the Legend of Good Women
Rebecca Krug, University of Minnesota
“Chaucer, Reading, and Remedies”

LL 524 Session 17: Chaucer and Architecture
Session organizer and chair: Martine Yvernault, Université de Limoges

Florence Bourgne, Paris IV-Sorbonne
“Chaucer’s New Ekphrasis”
Claire Jardillier, Paris IV-Sorbonne
“Architecture and Nature in the ‘Knight’s Tale’: Action Overt and Covert”
Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa
“The Prioress and the Privy”
Tatjana Silec, Paris IV-Sorbonne
“Visions of the Grotesque in The House of Fame

LL 518 Session 18: Friendship and Desire
Session organizer and chair: Corinne Saunders, University of Durham
 
Andreea Boboc, University of Michigan
“The Dynamics of Friendship and Desire in Troilus and Criseyde
Simon Meecham-Jones, University of Cambridge
“The Desire of Friendship—Chaucer’s Two Shields of Arcite”
Rebecca Leeper, University of California, Los Angeles
“Friend or Foe: Discerning Friendship in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Tara Williams, Oregon State University
“Loyalty among Wives: Desire and Same-Sex Friendship in the Canterbury Tales

Plaza Level 4:00-4:30 pm
Coffee, tea, and cookies

4:30-6:00 pm
Concurrent Paper Sessions (Sessions 19-23)

LL 523 Session 19: Aurality and the Written Text
Session organizer: Joyce Coleman, University of Oklahoma
Session chair: Evelyn Birge Vitz, New York University


Joyce Coleman, University of Oklahoma
Presentation of a short film: “Reading in a Paved Parlor”
Eugene Green, Boston University
“Misreading as Introit to Book II of Troilus and Criseyde
Cathy Hume, University of Bristol
“Criseyde’s Romance Community: Shared Readings, Shared Values?”
Michael Foster, Åbo Akademi University
“Chaucer’s Only Text for Readers? Aurality, Genre and the ‘Second Nun’s Tale’”

LL 816 Session 20: Langland and His Contemporaries
Session organizer and chair: Simon Horobin, University of Glasgow

Lawrence Warner, University of Adelaide
“Langland in London, c. 1385? John of Northampton and the Production of Piers Plowman
Bryan P. Davis, Georgia Southwestern State University
“The Scribe of HM 114: Nearly Contemporary with Langland and Chaucer”
Stephen Kelly, Queen’s University, Belfast
“Langland’s Search for a Reader: London Manuscripts and the Construction of Textual Histories”
Orietta Da Rold, University of Leicester
Piers Plowman on Paper”

LL 524 Session 21: Ethics: Theory
Session organizer and chair: D. Vance Smith, Princeton University

Mark Miller, University of Chicago
“Illiberal Chaucer”
Ann Astell, Purdue University
“The Pardoner’s ‘Anxiety toward Death’ vs. the Parson’s Path of Penitence: Two Ways toward a Levinasian Chaucer”
George Edmondson, Dartmouth University
“Toward a Chaucerian Ethics of the Same”
Kellie Robertson, University of Pittsburgh
“Chaucerian Object Relations”

McMahon Lounge Session 22: Shame
Session organizer and chair: Alcuin Blamires, Goldsmiths College, London

Susan E. Phillips, Northwestern University
“Shaming Fame”
Wan-Chuan Kao, The Graduate Center, CUNY
“Conditions Shameful and Unshameful in the ‘Franklin’s Tale’”
Sue Niebrzydowski, University of Warwick
“‘In wyfhod I wol use myn instrument / As frely as my Makere hath it sent’: The Wife of Bath’s Shameless Sexuality”
Mary Flannery, Pembroke College, Cambridge
“‘Maydens shamefastnesse’: Shame as honour in the Middle Ages”

LL 518 Session 23: Exemplarity
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: Elizabeth Allen, University of California, Irvine


Stephen Yeager, University of Toronto
“‘I,’ Art, Melibee: Prudent Poetics and the Ethics of Self-Representation”
Steele Nowlin, Pennsylvania State University
“Gower and the Anxiety of a Career-Ethicist”
Moira Fitzgibbons, Marist College
“Resisting and Revising Exempla in Late Medieval Religious Writing”
David Watt, University of Manitoba
“Exemplars and Exemplarity: Compilation as Narrative in Thomas Hoccleve’s Series

Plaza Atrium 6:00-7:00 pm
Reception 2
Sponsored by Fordham University

J. P. Morgan Library 7:00-7:40 p.m.
Tour of the J. P. Morgan Library
Two tours of 24 persons each will be offered. No charge, but advance sign-up (at the Registration Desk) is necessary. The Tour meets at the Library, located at 225 Madison Avenue (between 36th and 37th Streets).

8:00 pm
12th fl. Lounge Present Tense: Literary Artists & Performers Engaging Chaucer
Organized by David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania
Host: Charles Bernstein, University of Pennsylvania


Wendy Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
“The Loathly Lady: An Animated Opera”
Susan Stewart, Princeton University
“Dreaming After Chaucer”
Caroline Bergvall, Bard College
“’Thy likerous mouth’: short Chaucer tales”
Co-sponsored by Poets House and the Medieval Club of New York

Columbia University 9 pm-midnight
Reception for Graduate Students
Sponsored by Columbia Medieval Guild

The Columbia University Medieval Guild welcomes local and visiting graduate students to an informal wine-and-cheese reception in 301 Philosophy Hall, Columbia University Campus. To reach Columbia, take the #1 subway train (the Broadway Local) from Columbus Circle to 116th Street. The campus gates are on the east side of Broadway. A campus map is posted just inside the gates. Philosophy Hall is a short walk from the gates: go up the steps past Alma Mater, then turn right to Rodin’s Thinker, who is seated in front of Philosophy Hall. Since drinks will be served, we must ask you to bring along identification in order to satisfy university regulations on building use.


Thursday, July 27   ·   Friday, July 28   ·   Saturday, July 29   ·   Sunday, July 30   ·   Monday, July 31

Saturday, July 29

8:30 am-4:30 pm
Main Entrance Registration

8:30 am-5:00 pm
South Lounge Book Exhibit
Sponsored by SUNY Stony Brook

9:00-11:00 am
Concurrent Panel Sessions (Sessions 24-28) and Teachers’ Forum (Session 29)

12th fl. Lounge Session 24: From Crux To Theory (E-seminar and panel)
Session organizer and chair: Robert J. Meyer-Lee, Goshen College

Jessica Brantley, Yale University
“Representing Representation: Images of the Drama”
Holly A. Crocker, University of South Carolina
“Masculine Mimicry? Another Look at the ‘Shipman’s Tale,’ VII.11-19”
Matthew Giancarlo, Yale University
“Chaucer’s ‘Complaint Unto Pity’ as a Crux of Form and Narrative”
Erick Kelemen, University of Missouri, Columbia
“Chaucer’s Parson in MS BL Add. 10340”
Paul J. Patterson, University of Cincinnati
“Textual Variance and Lay Devotion in the Notre Dame Mirror MS”
Christian Sheridan, Saint Xavier University
“Lost Books and Leprous Bodies”
Andrew Taylor, University of Ottawa
“‘Incestus Paridis, Ypolitique pudor’ and the Ellesmere Gloss to Lines 197-202 of the ‘Man of Law’s Tale’”
Carolynn Van Dyke, Lafayette College
“Authorship in the Margins: The Auctor Annotations in Chaucer Manuscripts”

LL 816 Session 25: Time, Measure and Value in Chaucer’s Art and Chaucer’s World
Session organizer and chair: Carolyn Collette, Mt. Holyoke College

Nancy Bradbury, Smith College
“Counsels of Attemperance in the Canterbury Tales
Dan Ransom, University of Oklahoma
“Chaucer’s Time Signatures”
Glending Olson, Cleveland State University
“Quantifying the Unquantifiable: Farting, Geometry, and Theology in the ‘Summoner’s Tale’”
Dawn Simmons Walts, Ohio State University
“Tricks of Time: The Power of Time Reckoning in the Canterbury Tales
Eleanor Bayne Johnson, University of California, Berkeley
“The Subject of Art in an Age of Alchemical Non-Production: Self-appraisal and the Canon’s Yeoman”
Cara Hersh, Duke University
“‘Knowledge of the Files’: Subverting Bureaucratic Legibility in ‘The Franklin’s Tale’”
Robert Epstein, Fairfield University
“Business and Pleasure: Measuring Value in the ‘Shipman’s Tale’”

LL 518 Session 26: Institutions and Objects (E-seminar and panel)
Session co-organizers and chairs: Andrea Denny-Brown, Univ. of California, Riverside, and John M. Ganim, Univ. of California, Riverside

Lisa H. Cooper, University of Wisconsin, Madison
“Daedalus, Domesticity, and Disaster: ‘The Knight’s Tale’ (et alia)”
Andrea Denny-Brown, University of California, Riverside
“‘Vive la bele!’: ‘Galaunts’ and Goods in Late Medieval England”
Laura Hodges, Independent Scholar, Houston, TX
“Material Culture Displayed: The Processions in the ‘Knight’s Tale’”
Jean Jost, Bradley University
“Chaucer’s Vows and How They Break: Marital Transgression in the ‘Manciple’s Tale’”
Thomas O’Donnell, University of California, Los Angeles
“Mirrors, Interiority, and the High Style in ‘The Merchant’s Tale’”
Jayne Rimmer, University of York
“Chaucer and the Language of Property: An Analysis of Late Medieval Terms for ‘House’ in Literary and Historical Sources”
Diana Slampyak, San Mateo, California
“The Circulation of Medieval Images: DVD Culture and its Influence on Medievalism”
Nicole Smith, University of North Texas
“Heraldry and Penance in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight

McMahon Lounge Session 27: Honor as a Commodity
Session organizer and chair: Edwin Craun, Washington and Lee University

Derek Brewer, Emmanuel College, Cambridge
“Honour in Chaucer”
Tim Arner, Pennsylvania State University
“Chaucer’s Second Hector”
Tom Prendergast, College of Wooster
“Book Borrowing, Honor and the Circulation of Medieval Texts”
Laura Getty, North Georgia College and State University
“Honor Among Thieves and Nobles: Social Class and ‘Saving Face’ in Chaucer’s Works”

LL 523 Panel Session 28: Fabliaux
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: John Fyler, Tufts University


Jerome Mandel, Tel Aviv University
“Destabilizing Fabliau in the ‘Miller’s Tale’”
John F. Plummer, Vanderbilt University
“‘Myn hous is streit’: The Phenomenology of Place in the ‘Reeve’s Tale’”
Kenneth Bleeth, Connecticut College
“Space, Desire, and the Wife of Bath”
Charlotte Allen, Catholic University of America
“Chaucer’s Thirteenth-Century Songbook: A Key to Understanding the ‘Miller’s Tale’”
W. Joseph Taylor, University of Texas at Austin
“‘A Myle Brood of Twenty Foot of Space’: Physical and Social Space in Fragment I of the Canterbury Tales
Gregory J. Darling, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY, and Fordham University, Lincoln Center
“‘House of Mean’: Vindictiveness in the ‘Reeve’s Tale’”
Dhira B. Mahoney, Arizona State University
“Deceptive Enclosures: Chaucer’s Use of Domestic Space in the Fabliaux”
Alyssa Meyers, Columbia University
“When Bodies Count: Resistance to Exchange in the ‘Shipman’s Tale’”

LL 615 Session 29: Teachers’ Forum 1: Opening Session
Session organizer and chair: Larry Scanlon, Rutgers University

Panelists:
  • David Raybin, Eastern Illinois University
  • Mary Flowers Braswell, University of Alabama, Birmingham
  • Anne Prescott, Independent Scholar
  • Samantha Rayner, University of Wales, Bangor
  • Stephanie Sanchez, Tesoro High School
  • Wim Lindeboom, Hilversum Gymnasium

11:00-11:30 am
Plaza Level Coffee, tea, and pastries

11:30-12:30 pm
Pope Auditorium Session 30 (Plenary): Biennial Chaucer Lecture
Susan Crane, Columbia University
“For the Birds”

12:30- 2:30 pm
Lunch / Free Time

2:30-4:30 pm
Concurrent Panel Sessions (Sessions 31-35) and Teachers’ Forum (Session 36)

12th fl. Lounge Session 31: The Value of Close Reading: Theory
Session organizer and chair: Christopher Cannon, Girton College, Cambridge

Charles Muscatine, University of California, Berkeley
“Close Reading, Style, and History”
Bruce Holsinger, University of Virginia
“What Would a Post-historicist Formalism Look Like?”
Peter Travis, Dartmouth College
“A Close Reading of the Idea of Close Reading”
Ethan Knapp, Ohio State University
“Crossing the Pond: Diversities of Close Reading in North American and British Criticism”
Aranye Fradenburg, University of California, Santa Barbara
“Enjoying the Signifier”
Ardis Butterfield, University College, London
“Close Words”

LL 523 Session 32: Emotions (E-seminar and panel)
Session organizer and chair: Matthew Boyd Goldie, Rider University

Louise M. Bishop, University of Oregon
“Natural Passion and Moral Virtue: Pecock and ‘Truth’”
Georgiana Donavin, Westminster College
“The Rhetoric of Emotions: From Aristotle to Chaucer and Gower”
Elizabeth Edwards, University of King’s College
“Grief and Grievance for Chaucer’s Forsaken Women”
Kari Gillesse, Indiana University
“‘With Gam and with G[u]ile’: Floods of Emotion in The Wakefield ‘Noah’ Play”
Cathryn Meyer, University of Texas at Austin
“Chaucer, Penitence, and the Pleasure of Sacrifice”
Derrick Pitard, Slippery Rock University
“Pathos and Anti-clericalism in the ‘Clerk’s Tale’”
Sylvia Tomasch, Hunter College, CUNY
“Performing Emotions”

LL 816 Session 33: New Light on Thomas Usk
Session organizer and chair: David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania

Caroline Barron, Royal Holloway, University of London
“New Evidence of Usk”
Ronald Waldron, King’s College London
“Usk’s Middle English”
Maria Cristina Santos Pangilinan, University of Pennsylvania
“Usk and the ‘Shepy-People’: Rhetoric, Reform and the Commons in the Writing of Thomas Usk”
Paul Strohm, Columbia University
“Usk and Faction”
Steven F. Kruger, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY
“Holding Usk”

LL 518 Session 34: Chaucer’s English: A Creole?
Session organizer and chair: Fabienne Toupin, Université de Tours

Lindsey Jones, Pennsylvania State University
“Chaucer’s Diversity of Language”
Jennifer G. Wollock, Texas A&M University
“Chaucer’s English: A Fusion Language?”
Mary Catherine Davidson, University of Kansas
“Chaucer’s Multilingual Nation”
Judith Tschann, University of Redlands
“Chaucer’s Borrowing and Macaronic Writing”

McMahon Lounge Session 35: Contexts of Reading in Late-Medieval England
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: H. A. Kelly, University of California, Los Angeles


Amy Appleford, Harvard University
“The ‘Comene Course of Prayer’: Julian of Norwich and Late Medieval Death Culture”
Kara Doyle, Union College
“Chaucer and the Female Audience: Manuscripts of Troilus and Criseyde”
Anne Mulligan, Bishop Kearney H.S. and Saint Joseph’s College
“Text and Image in the Ellesmere Manuscript: Reading the Portraits in the General Prologue”
Jeffrey Cohen, George Washington University
“The Alien Boy”
Jim Rhodes, Southern Connecticut University
“Chaucer, the Church, and the Man of Law”
Mark Sherman, Rhode Island School of Design
“More than a Metaphor: The Horizontal Orientation of the ‘Franklin’s Tale’”

LL 615 and 619 Session 36: Teachers’ Forum 2: Break-out Meetings
Session organizer and chair: Larry Scanlon, Rutgers University

5:30 pm
Excursion: Metropolitan Museum

Tour of the medieval collections. Sold out. Advance reservations necessary. Meet at Group Tour Desk, Metropolitan Museum. Tours leave MET Tour Desk promptly at 5:30 pm.


Thursday, July 27   ·   Friday, July 28   ·   Saturday, July 29   ·   Sunday, July 30   ·   Monday, July 31

Sunday, July 30


9:00 am-5:30 pm
Main Entrance Registration

9:00 am-5:00 pm
South Lounge Book Exhibit
Sponsored by SUNY Stony Brook

9:30-11:00 am
Concurrent Paper Sessions (Sessions 37-41) and Teachers’ Forum (Session 42)

12th fl. Lounge Session 37: Spoken Voice and the Illusion of Presence
Session organizer and chair: Aranye Fradenburg, University of California, Santa Barbara

Gayatri Spivak, Columbia University
“Derrida’s Voices”
Christopher Cannon, Girton College, Cambridge
“The Living Thing” 
Randy Schiff, SUNY Buffalo
“The Variant Voice: Aestheticized Politics in the Piers Plowman Tradition”
James R. Simpson, University of Glasgow
“A Tongue Purloined: Creseyde’s Unspeakable Entente and its Ovidian Intertexts”

LL 816 Session 38: Digital Chaucer
Session organizer and chair: Ruth Evans, University of Stirling

Susan Yager, Iowa State University, and Kenneth Tompkins, Richard Stockton College of New Jersey
“Learning Technology and Chaucer Pedagogy: The Wiki”
Laurel Broughton, University of Vermont, and Murray McGillivray, University of Calgary
The Book of the Duchess: Towards a Digital Model for Variorum Editions”
Valerie Allen, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
“Phenomenology of a CD”
Peter Robinson, Institute for Textual Scholarship and Electronic Editing, University of Birmingham
“As We May Read Chaucer”

LL 518 Session 39: Give and Take
Session organizers: Margaret Pappano, Queen’s University, and Nicholas Perkins, St. Hugh’s College, Oxford
Session chair: Margaret Pappano, Queen’s University


Emily Reiner, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto
“Gifts and Greeks in Troilus and Criseyde”
Lawrence Beaston, Pennsylvania College of Technology
“The Function of Give and Take in the ‘Wife of Bath’s Tale’”
Jenny Adams, University of Massachusetts, Amherst
“The ‘Pardoner’s Tale’ and the Economics of Sociability”
Nicholas Perkins, St Hugh’s College, Oxford
“‘Sadde Tokenes and Wordes Bolde’: Speech-act and the Properties of Words in the ‘Franklin’s Tale’ and the ‘Manciple’s Tale’”

LL 524 Session 40: John Gower
Session organizer and chair: Elliot Kendall, University of Exeter

Martha W. Driver, Pace University
“Picturing Women in Pierpont Morgan MS M. 126”
Brantley Lloyd Bryant, Columbia University
“Lady Wool and the Lombards: John Gower’s Mirour of Trade”
Sebastian Sobecki, University of Cambridge
“The Father’s Two Bodies: Gower’s Treatments of Incest between the Familial and the Dynastic”
Helen Hickey, University of Melbourne
“Gower’s ‘Hysterical’ Dream”

LL 523 Session 41: The Bible As, In, or Against Literature: Medieval to Early Modern I
Session organizer and chair: James Simpson, Harvard University

Laura Bradford, Harvard University
“Reading as Rewriting in Piers Plowman
Theresa Coletti, University of Maryland
“Biblical Writing/Literary Writing: The Chester Plays as Test Case”
Susanna Fein, Kent State University
“The Story of Susanna in the Vernacular: Examples from the Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Century, including Chaucer”
Lynn Staley, Colgate University
“Susanna’s Voice”

LL 615 Session 42: Teachers’ Forum 3: Wrap-up Session
Session organizer and chair: Larry Scanlon, Rutgers University

Plaza Level 11:00-11:30 am
Coffee, tea, and pastries

11:30-1:00 pm
Concurrent Paper Sessions (Sessions 43-47)

LL 523 Session 43: Reiteration: Repetition in the Chaucerian Text
Session organizer and chair: Mark Miller, University of Chicago

Elizabeth Scala, University of Texas at Austin
“The ‘Thral to Whom That He Hath Seyd’: The Power of Hearing Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Disa Gambera, University of Utah
“The Cutting Edge of the Mother’s Tongue”
David Coley, University of Maryland
“‘The Word Moot Nede Accorde with the Dede’: Creative Speech and Necessary Silence in the ‘Manciple’s Tale’”
Michaela Grudin, Lewis and Clark College
“From ‘Wikked’ to ‘Perilous’: A Reading of the Manciple’s Dame’s Advice on Lingua”

LL 518 Session 44: Chaucer and Fifteenth-Century Humanism
Session organizer: Daniel Wakelin, Christ’s College, Cambridge
Session chair: James Simpson, Harvard University


Brandon Alakas, Queen’s University
“John Whethamstede: Monastic and Humanist Reading”
Annika Farber, Pennsylvania State University
“‘The Blosmes Fresshe of Tullius Garden’: Humanist Rhetoric and the Preface to The Court of Love
Alessandra Petrina, Università di Padova
“English Humanism: The Fifteenth Century Reconsidered”
Daniel Wakelin, Christ’s College, Cambridge
“Reading Chaucer: The Limitations of Humanist Reading?”

LL 816 Session 45: Julian of Norwich in Medieval and Post-medieval Perspectives
Session organizer: Sarah Salih, University of East Anglia
Session chair: Anthony Bale, Birkbeck College, University of London


Jacqueline Jenkins, University of Calgary
“Playing Julian: The Cell as Theatre in Contemporary Culture”
 Sarah Salih, University of East Anglia
“Julian in Contemporary Norwich”
Jennifer Summit, Stanford University
“From Anchorhold to Lady’s Closet: Julian of Norwich in 1670”
Christiania Whitehead, University of Warwick
“History in a Hazelnut: A Sociological Consideration of Julian of Norwich’s Function in Contemporary Christian Spirituality”

LL 524 Paper Session 46: The Astrolabe
Session organizer and chair: Jennifer Arch, Washington University

Edgar Laird, Texas State University, San Marcos
“The Morals and Metaphysics of Astrolabes”
Gila Aloni, New York University
“‘I N’am but a Lewd Compilator of the Labour of Olde Astrologiens’: Chaucer’s Treatise on the Astrolabe as a Bridge between Cultures and Languages”
Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr., Troy State University
“Chaucer’s Use of the Astrolabe as Metaphor in Troilus and Criseyde
Catherine Eagleton, The British Museum
“Technical Writing in English and Latin: Chaucer and His Contemporaries on Astrolabes, Sundials and Quadrants”

12th fl. Lounge Paper Session 47: Romances
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: James Dean, University of Delaware


Helen Phillips, Cardiff University
“Chaucer and Kyng Alisaunder
Suzanne M. Edwards, University of Chicago
“Raptus and Justice: Narratives of Sexual Violence and Marriage in the West Petitions and the ‘Wife of Bath’s Tale’”
Sif Rikhardsdottir, Washington University
“Cross-Cultural Movements in the Late Middle Ages. A Study of the Middle English and Old Norse Versions of Partonopeu de Blois
Sandy Feinstein, Pennsylvania State University, Berks
“Uglier than Honorable Death: Old Age and the Hag”

1:00-3:00 pm
Lunch / Free Time

3:00-4:30 pm
Pope Auditorium Session 48 (Plenary): Peasantry
Session organizer: David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania
Session chair: Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University


Judith Bennett, University of Southern California
“The Curse of the Plowman”
Paul Freedman, Yale University
“Serfdom in England and Elsewhere in Medieval Europe”
James C. Scott, Yale University
“Official and Vernacular Traditions in Religion and Politics”

4:30-5:30 pm
Plaza Atrium Reception 3
Sponsored by Rutgers University

6:30-10:30 pm
Pier 81 Banquet: World Yacht Princess
Includes music by Houston Person, winner of the Eubie Blake Jazz Award, and swing dancing.

Thursday, July 27   ·   Friday, July 28   ·   Saturday, July 29   ·   Sunday, July 30   ·   Monday, July 31

Monday, July 31

8:30 am-3:00 pm
Main Entrance Registration

8:30 am-1:00 pm
South Lounge Book Exhibit

9:00-10:30 am
Concurrent Paper Sessions (Sessions 49-53)

LL 816 Session 49: John Lydgate
Session organizer and chair: Anthony Bale, Birkbeck College, University of London

Maura Nolan, University of California, Berkeley
“Fear and Loathing in Lydgate’s Short Poems”
Stephanie Kamath, University of Pennsylvania
“John Lydgate and the Curse of Genius”
Emma Lipton, University of Missouri, Columbia
“Lydgate and Chaucerian Performance in The Hertford Mumming”
John Sebastian, Loyola University New Orleans
“Patronage at the Periphery”

LL 524 Session 50: London and the Conventions of Writing
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: Lisa Cooper, University of Wisconsin, Madison


Wendy Scase, University of Birmingham
“The Mercers’ Tale: The Production and Purpose of the ‘Petition of the Folk of Mercerye’”
Craig E. Bertolet, Auburn University
“‘In Deception of the People and to the Scandal of the Entire Mystery’: The Canon, The Pardoner, and Fraud Litigation in Late Medieval London”
Clementine Oliver, California State University, Northridge
“A Political Pamphleteer in Chaucer’s London: Thomas Fovent, Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Usk, and the Merciless Parliament of 1388”

LL 523 Session 51: The Bible As, In, or Against Literature: Medieval to Early Modern II
Session organizer and chair: James Simpson, Harvard University

Shannon Gayk, Indiana University
“‘Among Psalms to Fynde a Cleer Sentence’: The Psalmody of John Lydgate and Eleanor Hull”
William Robins, University of Toronto
“Biblical Narrative and Literary Representation in Troilus and Criseyde”
Mayumi Taguchi, Osaka Sangyo University
The Historye of the Patriarks: A Fifteenth-Century Vernacular Translation of the Book of Genesis”
Brandon Tilley, Harvard University
“‘It Is No Tyme for to Studien Heere’: Reinterpreting Biblical Authority in the ‘Clerk’s Tale’”

12th fl. Lounge Session 52: Religious Cultures
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: Lynn Staley, Colgate University


Mary C. Erler, Fordham University
“Spiritual Friendship, Conversation, and the Visit”
Nicolette Zeeman, King’s College, Cambridge
“Ethical Frames, Ethical Practices”
Simon Horobin, University of Glasgow
“The Lost Lives of Osbern Bokenham”
Michelle Karnes, University of Missouri, Columbia
“Affective Piety, Private Devotion, and the Reformation of Faith”

LL 518 Session 53: Words, Speech, and Style
Session Organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: Mary-Jo Arn, Medieval Academy of America


Karla Taylor, University of Michigan
“Som Honeste Thyng”
Cristina Maria Cervone, Villanova University
“‘With Nede Artow So Woundid’: Revisiting Narrative Voice in the ‘Man of Law’s Prologue and Tale’”
Ellen Ketels, Columbia University
“Pilgrims’ Pride: Penance, ‘Janglynge,’ and the Parson”
Yoshiyuki Nakao, Hiroshima University
“Ambiguity in Chaucer’s Language with a Focus on Troilus and Criseyde 3.587: ‘Syn I Moste on Yow Triste’”

10:30-11:00 am
Plaza Level Coffee, tea, and pastries

11:00 am-1:00 pm
Concurrent Panel Sessions (Sessions 54-58)

McMahon Lounge Session 54: Gender and Historicism in Chaucer Studies
Session organizer and chair: Elizabeth Scala, University of Texas at Austin

Kathryn Lynch, Wellesley College
“Chaucer in the All-Woman Classroom: Emasculating the Father, Empowering the Mother”
Claire Waters, University of California, Davis
“(Un)Holy Alliances: Gender, Historicism, and Religion in the Study of Middle English Literature”
Jane Chance, Rice University
“Women Chaucerians and the Academy”
Sylvia Federico, Bates College
“Chaucer and the Masculinity of Historicism”
Betsy McCormick, Mount San Antonio College
“Embodied History, Engendered History, Reception History: The Legend and Its Readers”
Brooke Hunter, University of Texas at Austin
“‘That Semeth Oon and Ys Not Soo’: Historicism’s Boethian Heritage”

LL 816 Session 55: Manuscripts and Textual Culture – Responses and Reassessments
Session organizer and chair: Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto

Barbara Bordalejo, University of Birmingham
“Does Adam Pynkhurst Matter?”
Jean-Pascal Pouzet, Université Paris-Sorbonne
“Chaucer In and Out of the Cloister? Augustinian ‘Otium’ and Chaucer Manuscripts”
Myra Seaman, College of Charleston
“Offshoots or Offspring?: Reconsidering Chaucer’s Children”
Marion Turner, King’s College London
“The Mercers’ Petition, and the House of Fame in the 1380s”
John Bowers, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
“Jean d'Angoulême and John Duxworth: Chaucer’s Captive Audience”
Alexandra Gillespie, University of Toronto
“Copying Adam Scriveyn”

LL 524 Session 56: Translating Ethics (E-seminar and panel)
Session organizer and chair: Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington University

Colin Fewer, Purdue University, Calumet
“Chaucerian ‘Proces,’ Ovidian ‘Usus’: Habitus in Troilus and Criseyde
Laura Kendrick, Université de Versailles
“The Moral Balade: Chaucer, Deschamps, Boethius”
Julie Paulson, San Francisco State University
“The Invisible Other: Dux Moraud and the Vagaries of Textual Transmission”
Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington University
“Translating Enjoyment in Chaucer”
Elizabeth Schirmer, New Mexico State University
“Pastoral Ethics and Translation in Late-Medieval England”
Jamie Taylor, University of Pennsylvania
“Legal Personification in the Examination of William Thorpe”
Meg Worley, Pomona College
“The Translator’s Behalves”

12th floor Lounge Session 57: The Value of Close Reading: Practice
Session organizer and chair: Christopher Cannon, Girton College, Cambridge

Jennifer Jahner, University of Colorado, Boulder
“The Poetics of Sainthood: Vernacular Hagiography and Literary Form”
Ivana Djordjevic, Dalhousie University
“Reading Closely a Close Reading: The Problem of Translation”
Helen Barr, Lady Margaret Hall, Oxford
“Reading ‘Singing by Rote’ in the ‘Prioresse’s Tale’”
Andrew Cole, University of Georgia
“Too Close For Historicism?: Topicality”
Deanne Williams, York University, Toronto
“Chaucer, Boethius, and the Erotics of Close Reading”
Jorge Alcázar, Universidad Nacional Autónoma de México
Digressio Intra in the ‘Franklin's Tale’”
Sarah Stanbury (respondent), College of the Holy Cross
“Close Reading on the Couch”

LL 523 Session 58: Chaucerian Connections
Session organizer: Program Committee
Session chair: Robert F. Yeager, University of West Florida


Gretchen Mieszkowski, University of Houston, Clear Lake
“A Gower Exemplum, Dame Sirith, and Troilus and Criseyde
Charles R. Smith, Colorado State University
“Maidstone’s Concordia and Chaucer”
Sandra Pierson Prior, Columbia University
“The Rural Community in Piers Plowman and The Canterbury Tales
Rebecca Beal, University of Scranton
“Bonaventure’s Ecclesiastes and the Ending of the Troilus
Bernadette Vankeerbergen, Ohio State University
“Indeterminacy in Lydgate’s Temple of Glass
Kimberly Jack, Loyola University, Chicago
“‘He Myghte Seyn He Were a Conquerour’: Diomede’s Battle for Renown”
Jamie C. Fumo, McGill University
“‘I Sleep Nevere on the Mount of Pernaso’: Fragment V of The Canterbury Tales and the Claims of Humanism”
Mel Storm, Emporia State University
“Sound and Silence: Retrospection in the ‘Manciple’s Tale’”

1:00-3:00 pm
Pope Auditorium Buffet Lunch and Session 59 (Plenary): Wrap-up
Session chair and moderator: David Lawton, Executive Director, New Chaucer Society and Washington University
 
Conference Perspectives:
Nicholas Watson, Harvard University
Jennifer Summit, Stanford University

Responses from Teachers’ Forum
Responses from Graduate Students
Open Forum




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