The following Marie de France papers will be presented at the 15th Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, July 24-29 at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky. Dates and times subject to change. We will update again once the official program has been printed.
For the second year in a row, Le Cygne will send out its annual issue in the early months of the new year. Contributions are as follows:
Beston, John. ” The Role of the Secretary Girart in the Old French Lay of Amours.”
Brown, Brandy N. “A Hard Day’s Knight: The Journey to the Otherworld in Marie de France’s Espurgatoire seint Patriz.”
Goyette, Stefanie. “Modeling Subjecthood in MS Paris, BNF, fr. 2168: Marie de France’s Lay of Yonec, Aucassin and Nicolette, and the Lay of Narcisus and Dané.”
Whalen, Logan. “Animals as Performers and Communicators in Marie de France’s Guigemar, Bisclavret, and Eliduc.
Caudill, Tamara Bentley. “Reviews of Two Companions to Marie de France.”
Blue, Walter. “The Lay of Acoustic.”
The International Marie de France Society aims to sponsor 1-2 panels at the
International Courtly Literature Society
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky USA
24-29 July 2016
Embracing Lexington’s status as the horse capital of the world, the theme of the Congress is Courtly Pastimes.
This event promises to be memorable! In addition to the many excellent panels, there will be concerts and performances, as well as planned excursions to horse farms, bourbon distilleries, and the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. The International Marie de France Society (IMFS) will also host a special invitation-only luncheon for our panelists.
The IMFS invites papers addressing courtly pastimes in a broad sense, both in the works of Marie de France and in the so-called anonymous lays. Panel titles will be announced once submissions have been accepted and grouped, but we can envision sessions such as “Leisure in the lays” or “Courtliness in ‘other works’ of Marie de France.”
Papers are welcome on topics such as, but not limited to, the following:
- Hunting, falconry, jousting, and tournaments
- Festivals, ceremonies, and celebrations
- Games and sports
- Dance, music, songs, and poetry
- The Garden: Plants and Nature (real or symbolic, in treatises, in visual arts)
- Animals (real, mythical, literary, heraldic, emblematic)
- Domestic animals (horses, lap dogs, hunting dogs, household cats)
- Exotic pets
- Reading and writing
- Sewing, embroidery, textile arts
- Amorous dalliances
- Courtly spaces: Decorous interiors, decorative objects, fabrics, and furnishings
- Warriors dismounted: Knights at court (courtly conduct, speech, dress)
Submission & Guidelines
Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org by November 25, 2015. This will allow time to compile and submit the documentation for the overall conference deadline of December 1.
You need not be an IMFS member to submit an abstract, but all accepted panelists will be expected to join the society before presenting. For more information, see www.mariedefrance.org.
Participants will then be invited to submit their polished papers to Le Cygne, the peer-reviewed journal of the Society, editor: Glyn S. Burgess.
Edizioni dell’Orso announces an all-new Italian translation of the anonymous Breton lais Guingamor, Tydorel, and Tyolet. The volume includes a scholarly presentation of the lais as well as a Glossary and Bibliography.
Translation and presentation: Margherita Lecco (Università di Genova)
Cost: € 16.00
For more information, visit the Website (in Italian).
The Fifteenth Triennial International Courtly Literature Society Congress has released its Call for Papers.
The Congress will be held 24-29 July 2016 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.
The International Marie de France Society will be organizing 1-2 panels for the event, with details forthcoming.
Those wishing to submit directly to the Congress or those looking for more information, please see the Call for Papers or visit the Congress website. Abstracts are due December 1, 2015.
The International Marie de France Society is pleased to announce three (3) panels for the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 12-15, 2016.
- Performances of Marie de France: Equitan (A Performance)
- Graduate Student Perspectives on Marie de France (A Roundtable)
- Fables and Other Works of Marie de France (Papers)
Abstracts and inquiries can be sent to the session organizer:
Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
1301 E. Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132
amccullo AT mtsu.edu
The entire “Sneak Peak” is available online.
We are in the process of digitizing and loading copies of Le Cygne: The Bulletin of the International Marie de France Society. This publication lasted three years (1995-1997) before being reinvented as Le Cygne: The Journal of the International Marie de France Society.
The first digitized copy (Number 3, 1997) is available here.
Numbers 1 and 2 will soon be available under the Archives tab.
In advance of the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13-17, 2015, here is a list of papers and panels of interest to IMFS members. Speakers with asterisks are also members of the Society.
For additions or corrections, please comment below.
Session 351, Saturday 10:00 a.m., Fetzer 1060
Performances of Marie de France: Guigemar
Simonetta Cochis (Transylvania U), Yvonne LeBlanc (Independent Scholar), Tamara Bentley Caudill (Tulane U)
International Marie de France Business Meeting, Saturday 12:00 p.m., Fetzer 1060
Other papers of interest
- Fallen Language and Animal Communication in Marie de France’s Bisclavret
Alison Langdon (Western Kentucky U)
Thursday, 3:30 – S132
- Clueless in the Twelfth Century: Playing Marie de France’s Questionable Heroine in Chaitivel
Simonetta Cochis, Transylvania Univ*
Friday, 1:30 – S253
- Defamation and De-Nosing in Marie de France’s Bisclavret
Christine E. Kozikowski, College of the Bahamas
Sunday, 8:30 – S515
- Challenges in Translating Medieval French: The Case of Druerie in Marie de France’s Lais
Philipp Jeserich, Freie Univ. Berlin
Thursday, 3:30 – S101
- Counterfeiting Monstrosity: Knowledge and Ignorance in the Lai of Graelent and the Fabliau La Sorisete des estopes
Stefanie Goyette, Massachusetts Institute of Technology*
Thursday, 10:00 – S12
- Public Feeling in the Manteau mal Taillé and the Lai du Cor
Michael A. Johnson, Central Washington Univ.
Thursday, 7:30 – S151
Dear Members of the International Marie de France Society:
We are very pleased to be able to announce that the latest issue of our journal, Le Cygne, has been printed and is currently being distributed (along with notices of dues, where appropriate).
To avoid confusion and to create a new start for the journal, the new issue is numbered as Volume 1 (third series). It is our intention to make every effort to ensure that in future the journal appears with its former regularity.
The new editor of Le Cygne, Glyn Burgess, welcomes submissions on topics relating to the works of Marie de France or to the anonymous lays. They should be sent to him at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Ed Ouellette (secretary-treasurer)
Glyn Burgess (editor of Le Cygne)
Tamara Caudill (editorial assistant)
We are pleased to announce the following session for Kalamazoo 2015:
Performances of Marie de France: Guigemar
- Walter Blue, Hamline University—Emeritus
- Tamara Bentley Caudill, Tulane University
- Simonetta Cochis, Transylvania University
- Yvonne LeBlanc, Independent Scholar
Date and time of session to be announced.