Category Archives: Le Cygne

Le Cygne: Volume 2 (third series) announced!

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:

ARTICLES

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 YonecAucassin 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.

REVIEW ARTICLE

Caudill, Tamara Bentley. “Reviews of Two Companions to Marie de France.”

OTHER

Blue, Walter. “The Lay of Acoustic.”

Call for Papers: ICLS 2016, International Marie de France Society

The International Marie de France Society aims to sponsor 1-2 panels at the
XVth Congress
Of the
International Courtly Literature Society
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky USA
24-29 July 2016
http://icls2016.as.uky.edu/

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.

Topics:

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 tcaudill@tulane.edu 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.

Blast from the Past : The Bulletin is coming to mariedefrance.org!

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.

A Note from the Editor of Le Cygne

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 af02@liv.ac.uk or editor@mariedefrance.org.

Ed Ouellette (secretary-treasurer)
Glyn Burgess (editor of Le Cygne)
Tamara Caudill (editorial assistant)