The French of England:
Multilingualism in Practice, c. 1100-c. 1500

27th Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University
Friday, March 30 - Sunday, April 1, 2007
At the Lincoln Center Campus of Fordham University
Conference Program

Saturday, March 31

8:30 a.m.  Registration and Coffee
9:00 a.m. Welcome: Maryanne Kowaleski, Director of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University

The French of England Project
Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, University of York and Fordham FOE Project

9:30-10:15 Session 1: Plenary

Chair: Thelma Fenster, Fordham University
Known Knowns, Known Unknowns, and Unknown Unknowns: The Circulation of French Literature in Medieval England
            Keith Busby, University of Wisconsin

10:15-10:45 Break
10:45-12:15 2: Concurrent Sessions
  2A. The French of Female Communities

Chair: Mary C. Erler, Fordham University

What Nuns Ate: The Multilingual Kitcheners’ Accounts of Campsey Ash Priory
            Marilyn Oliva, Fordham University
What Women Do Together: ‘Queer’ Philology and Female Sexuality
            Lara Farina, West Virginia University
The Rhyming French Chronicle of the Godstow Nuns
            Emilie Amt, Hood College

  2B. Later French of England and John Gower

Chair: Alistair Minnis, Yale University

John Gower, John Barton, and Others: Looking at Late Anglo-French
            Brian Merrilees and Heather Pagan, University of Toronto
Linguistic and Political Union in Gower’s Trentham Manuscript
            Arthur Bahr, Haverford College
John Gower’s French and His Readers
            Robert F. Yeager, University of West Florida

12:15-2:00 Lunch.  A list of local restaurants will be provided.

 3: Concurrent Sessions

  3A. Documentary and Literary Cultures in the French of England 

Chair: Maryanne Kowaleski, Fordham University

English Testators Writing French Wills
            Sharon Teague, Rhode Island College and Bryant University
Transmuting Alchemy: Chaucer’s English, Gower’s French, and the Privy Language of the London Goldsmiths 
            Jonathan Hsy, University of Pennsylvania
Uses of the French Language in Medieval English Towns
            Richard Britnell, University of Durham

3B. French Histories and The Making of English Identities
Chair: Jennifer Goodman, Texas A & M University

’Que vous n’oubliez pas le françois’: The Shrewsbury Book and the Circulation of French Chivalric Material in Fifteenth-Century England
            Andrew Taylor, University of Ottawa
Anglo-Norman as Antecedent: The Case of the Prose Brut Chronicle
            Julia Marvin, University of Notre Dame
Old French of England
            Michelle Warren, Dartmouth College


3:30-4:00 Break
4:00-5:30 4: Concurrent Sessions
   4A. The French of England: Lexical and Syntactic Considerations

Chair: Mary B. Speer, Rutgers University

French Style(s) at Barking: Clemence of Barking and the Life of Edward the Confessor
            Delbert Russell, University of Waterloo
Syntaxe anglo-normande: étude de certaines caractéristiques du XIIe au XIVe siècle
            Pierre Kunstmann, University of Ottawa
Why Historians of the Early Common Law Need to Study French
            Paul Hyams, Cornell University

  4B. Influential French: Saints, Preachers, and Psalters

Chair: Robert Hanning, Columbia University

French and English in the Preaching Literature of Nicole Bozon
            Laurie Postlewate, Barnard College
Questions of Influence: Clemence of Barking’s Life of St. Catherine and Representations of Law, Lordship, and Civic Unrest in Two Old French Catherine Legends
            Donna Bussell, University of Illinois-Springfield
The Psalter en Romanz in Twelfth-Century England
            Geoff Rector, University of Ottawa

5:30-7:00 Reception

Sunday, April 1

8:30  Registration and Coffee
9:00-10:00 5: Concurrent Sessions
  5A. Linguistic Politics and the French of England

Chair: Nicholas Paul, Fordham University

Language Contact and Langland’s French
            Mary Catherine Davidson, University of Kansas
The Memory of the Norman Conquest and the Invention of National Vernaculars in Renaissance France and England
            Paul Cohen, University of Toronto               

5B. French Passions of England
Chair: Suzanne Yeager, Fordham University


The Life of Christ in the French of England: Theme and Variations
            Maureen Boulton, University of NotreDame 
Linguistic and Cultural Translation across the Conquest: The Virgin Body
            Anne Savage, McMaster University

10-10:30 Break
10:30-11:30 6: Concurrent Sessions

6A. Genre Otherwise


Chair: Nancy Regalado, New York University


Wolf, Dog, and Man in Bestiaries and Marie de France’s ‘Bisclavret’
            Susan Crane, Columbia University
The Genre of the Ordre de bel ayse
            Richard Firth Green, Ohio State University

  6B. The ‘Presence’ of French 
Chair:  Elizabeth Brown, Brooklyn College and The Graduate School, CUNY

Authentication: Pentimento Languages
            Christopher Baswell, University of California at Los Angeles
Translated Images: French Influence, or Lack of It, on English Book Iconography
            Joyce Coleman, University of Oklahoma

11:30-12:00 Break
12:00-1:00 Session 7: Roundtable  

7. French Futures: The French of England and Insular and Continental Medieval Studies
Moderator:  Christopher Baswell, University of California at Los Angeles

Participants:Keith Busby, University of Wisconsin
Sarah Kay, Princeton University
Robert Stein, Columbia University and SUNY-Purchase
Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, University of York and Fordham FOE Project




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