32nd Annual Conference of the Center for Medieval Studies
Fordham University, Lincoln Center, New York City:
March 31-April 1, 2012




Conference Program

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8:30-8:55         Registration and Coffee (Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge)

8:55-9:00         Welcome (Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge)
Maryanne Kowaleski, Director of Medieval Studies, Fordham University

9:00-10:00       Session 1: Plenary Lecture
                        Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge
                        Chair: Susanne Hafner, Fordham University

                        Sharon Kinoshita, University of California, Santa Cruz
                        Romance in/and the Medieval Mediterranean

10:00-10:30     Break (Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge)

10:30-12:00     Session 2: Three Concurrent Sessions

2A.       Authorizing Romance?
Lowenstein 816
Chair: Mary C. Erler, Fordham University

Joyce Coleman, University of Oklahoma
The Birth of the Author: The Iconography of Authorship in Early Romance Manuscripts

Geoff Rector, University of Ottawa
"El chief del livre": Psalm 39, Marie de France, and the Construction of Romance Authorship

Michael Johnston, Purdue University
Middle English Romance: Manuscript Production and the Canon

2B.       At Home with the Orient
Lowenstein 523
Chair: Suzanne Yeager, Fordham University

Lee Manion, Stern College for Women, Yeshiva University
The English Crusading Romance Re-Considered

Laura J. Whatley, Ferris State University
Romance, Crusade and the East in King Henry III's Royal Chambers

Wendell P. Smith, Dickinson College
Constantinople, Orientalism and Imperium in Tirant lo Blanc and Amadis de Gaula

2C.       In Other Words: Romance and Translation
Lowenstein 524
Chair: Ronald G. Murphy, S.J., Georgetown University

Jerold C. Frakes, SUNY Buffalo
Cultural Translation of/and Romance in Old Yiddish

Elizabeth Archibald, University of Bristol
Romance in Latin: Authorship, Aims and Audience

Jóhanna Friðriksdóttir, Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic Studies, Reykjavik
Sagas, Romance and Ideology in Late Medieval Iceland

12:00-1:20       Lunch (a list of local restaurants will be provided)

1:20-2:20         Session 3: Plenary Lecture
                        Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge
                        Chair: Nicola McDonald, York University

                        Emma Dillon, University of Pennsylvania
                        Sumptuous Songs: Musical Materialities and the Old French Romance Tradition

2:20-2:45         Break

2:45-4:15         Session 4: Three Concurrent Sessions

4A.       Making a Song and a Dance
Lowenstein 523
Chair: Anne Stone, CUNY

Monika Otter, Dartmouth College
Music by Tristan: Real Songs in Fictional Spaces

Arthur W. Bahr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Urban Romance, Musical Lordship, and the Situation of the Auchinleck Sir Orfeo

Evelyn Birge Vitz, New York University
Le Roman de la Rose, Performed

4B.       Rethink Romance! Rethink History!
Lowenstein 524
Chair: Nina Rowe, Fordham University

Francis Ingledew, Farleigh Dickinson University
Impossible History: The Petit Bruit of 1309

Elizabeth Morrison, J. Paul Getty Museum
History, Romance, or Both? Visual Overlaps between Genres in French Manuscripts, 1250-1350

Laura Ashe, Worcester College, Oxford University
Killing the King: Romance and the Politicization of History

4C.       Romance and Hagiography Again
Lowenstein 816
Chair: Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Fordham University

Robert Stein, SUNY Purchase
Romancing Hagiography: La vie de Saint Edmond le Rei

Patricia E. Grieve, Columbia University
Folktale, Miracle, Exemplum, Romance: Daring Dogs, Defenseless Women, and Generic Malleability

Christine Bourgeois, Princeton University
Eustace’s Stag and the Generic Boundary: Romance in Medieval France and its "Forbidden" Dialogues

4:15-4:45         Coffee Break (Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge)

4:45-6:15         Session 5: Three Concurrent Sessions

5A.       Romance, History, and the Great Alexander
Lowenstein 524
Chair: Arlyn Diamond, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Russell Stone, University of Nevada
Political Romance in Twelfth-Century England: Rewriting the Roman Alexander the Great and the Roman d'Alexandre le grand

Nicole Eddy, University of Notre Dame
Romance Annotation and the Chronicle Tradition: The Case of Lincoln's Inn MS 150

S.J. Pearce, New York University
“…And Sheathed Their Swords for Lack of Argument”: Alexander Romances, Almohad Doctrine, and the Historical Memory of the Thirteenth Century

5B.       Romancing the Bible: Scripture, Exegesis, Interpretation
Lowenstein 816
Chair: Martin Chase, S.J., Fordham University

Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Boston College
Weaving a Tapestry from Biblical Exegesis to Romance Textuality

Lucy Allen, University of York
“In latyn he nuste what heo songe”: Locating Religious Debate in the Manuscript Tradition of Robert of Sicily

Emma Bérat, Columbia University
Motherhood and Biblical Exegesis in the Romance of Octavian

5C.       Marvelous Romance
Lowenstein 523
Chair: Nicholas Paul, Fordham University                             

Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr College
Between Science and Art: Automaton-Making in Medieval Romance

Tara Williams, Oregon State University
Why Marvels Matter

Matthieu Boyd, Farleigh Dickinson University
The Axis of Enchantment: Romance Alliances of Marvels of the East and West

6:15-7:15         Reception (Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge)


9:00-9:15         Registration and Coffee (Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge)

9:15-10:15       Session 6: Plenary Lecture
                        Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge
                        Chair: Katherine Little, University of Colorado, Boulder

                        James Simpson, Harvard University
                        Unthinking Thought: Romance’s Wisdom

10:15-10:30     Break (Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge)

10:30-12:00     Session 7: Three Concurrent Sessions

7A.       Thinking with Romance
Lowenstein 816
Chair: Larry Scanlon, Rutgers University

Lucas Wood, University of Pennsylvania
Allegory Effects

Nicola McDonald, University of York
Too Much! Or, Why Romance is “Good to Think”

Monika Schausten, Universität Siegen, Germany
Medieval Polychromy. Coding Identity Concepts in Romances of the High Middle Ages

7B.       Look Out: Romance in Space
Lowestein 524
Chair: Tom O’Donnell, Fordham University

Robert Allen Rouse, University of British Columbia
Writing the World: Popular Romance as Narrative Geography

Heather Blurton, University of California, Santa Barbara
Guillaume d'Angleterre and Anglo-Norman Romance

Paul Broyles III, University of Virginia
Inventing Place in Medieval English Romance

7C.       Knights and Shining Armor
Lowenstein 523
Chair: Erick Kelemen, Fordham University   

Ruth Lexton, Bates College
“all his dedys was knowyn”: Malory's Lancelot and the Politics of Worship in Late Fifteenth-Century England

Caroline Jewers, University of Kansas
A Mirror for Chivalry: Knighthood as Performance in Claude Platin's Roman de Giglan

Megan G. Leitch, St John’s College, Cambridge University
Thinking Twice about Treason: Prose Romance, Proper Chivalric Conduct, and the Wars of the Roses

12:00-1:30       Lunch (a list of local restaurants will be provided)

1:30-3:00         Session 8: Three Concurrent Sessions

8A.       Insular Inventions
Lowenstein 523
Chair: Richard Kaeuper, University of Rochester

Susan Foran, University of Bergen, Norway
A Nation of Knights: Chivalry and Romance in National History Writing in Late Medieval Scotland

Daniel Franke, University of Rochester
Defining Chivalry and the Nation: Guy of Warwick, the Smithfield Decretals, and the Hundred Years War

Joshua Byron Smith, University of Arkansas
The Faux-Celtic in Medieval Romance: Walter Map's Tale of King Herla

8B.       Family Romance, Romance Families
Lowenstein 816
Chair: Sarah Kay, New York University

Peggy McCracken, University of Michigan
Text Networks and the Transmission of Romance

Carolyne Larrington, St John’s College, University of Oxford
Sibling Thinking: Exploring Lateral Relations in European Romance

Suzanne Hagedorn, College of William and Mary
Romancing the Amazons: Boccaccio's Teseida and Chaucer's Knight's Tale

8C.       Across the Great Divide: Late Romances
Lowenstein 524
Chair: Sarah Rees Jones, University of York, UK

Michelle R. Warren, Dartmouth College
Arthurian Romance in London: Reforming Readers

Ana Pairet, Rutgers University
Crossing Borders: Chivalric Romance in the Incunabular Period

Joyce Boro, Université de Montréal
Translating and Transforming the Chivalric Romance in Margaret Tyler's Mirror of Princely Deeds and Knighthood

3:00-3:30         Break (Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge)

3:30-4:30         Session 9: Three Concurrent Sessions

9A.       Romance: A New Kind of History?
Lowenstein 816
Chair: Carolyn Dinshaw, NYU

Thomas Prendergast, College of Wooster
The Occulted History of Romance

David Rollo, University of Southern California
"A Devil who Deceived by Enchantment": The Anti-Augustinian Origins of Early Romance

9B.      Chronicle and Romance
Lowenstein 1124
Chair: Christopher Baswell, Barnard College

Anne D. Hedeman, University of Illinois
Le roman qui des roys est roméz: Romance, History, and Illustration in the Grandes croniques de France                      

Kim Bergqvist, Stockholm University
Questioning the King in Fourteenth-Century Sweden: Combining the Evidence from Romance and Chronicle

9C.       An Italian Romance
Lowenstein 524
Chair: Susanna Barsella, Fordham University

Laura K. Morreale, Fordham University
Romance and Chronicle in Francophone Italy, 1270-1350

Gina Psaki, University of Oregon
Italian Romance: Why You Should Bother

4:30-4:45         Break (Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge)

4:45-5:45         Session 10: Plenary Lecture
                        Lowenstein, 12th Floor Lounge
                        Chair: Javier Jiménez-Belmonte, Fordham University

                        Marina Brownlee, Princeton University
                        Prequels, Sequels, and Contingency

5:45-6:45         Reception (Lowenstein, Plaza Atrium)



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