Kalamazoo 2017 – IMFS Events and Papers of Note

In advance of the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan from May 11-14, 2017, 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 372, Saturday 10:00 a.m., Schneider 1280
Teaching Marie de France (A Roundtable)
A roundtable discussion with Dorothy Gilbert (U. of California–Berkeley)*; Julie Human (U. of Kentucky); Ann McCullough (Middle Tennessee State U.)*; Tamara Bentley Caudill (Tulane U.)*; Robin Hermann (U. of Louisiana–Lafayette); Evelyn Birge Vitz (New York U.)*

Session 395, Saturday 1:30 p.m., Valley III Stinson Lounge
Performances of Marie de France: Yonec
Simonetta Cochis (Transylvania U.)*; Yvonne LeBlanc (Independent Scholar); Walter A. Blue (Hamline U.)*; Dorothy Gilbert (U. of California– Berkeley)*

Session 447, Saturday 3:30 p.m., Valley III Stinson Lounge
The Versatile Marie de France
– Misconceptions and Issues of Deception in Marie de France’s Lanval?
Anne Caillaud (Grand Valley State U.)*
– The Birds and the Bees: Animals and Gender in Marie de France
Susan Hopkirk (U. of Toronto)
– Marie in English Verse: Challenges and Opportunities
Ron Cook (Independent Scholar)*

Saturday Noon, Fetzer 1030
International Marie de France Society Meeting
Business Meeting


Session 30, Thursday 10:00 a.m., Bernhard 158
Ihesu Dulcis: Devotion to the Holy Name in Medieval Europe
– Chivalry, Piety, and Devotion to the Name of Christ in Marie de France’s Saint Patrick’s Purgatory
Stephen G. Moore (U. of Regina)

Session 150, Thursday 7:30 p.m., Fetzer 1060
Performance in and of Courtly Literature
– A chantar in Performance
Laura Zoll (Independent Scholar)*
– The Performance of Awe in Courtly Romance
Evelyn Birge Vitz* (New York U.)*
– Shifting Our Horizons of Expectation: Love Service in the Devotional Contrafacta of Jacques de Cambrai
Christopher Callahan (Illinois Wesleyan U.)*
– “Þe forme to be fynisment foldez ful selden”: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Dynamics of Performance
Gerard Lavin (U. of New Mexico – U. of New Mexico Graduate Student Prize Winner)

Le Cygne Volume 3 is here!

Vol. 3 (Fall 2016)


Kimberly Tate Anderson
Yonec’s Mother: Rereading the Signs of the Maternal Body……………………7

Julie K. Chamberlin
Philosophie and folie: Translating Suffering in Marie de France’s Fables…..21

Monica L. Wright
Material Marie: The Power of Textiles in the Lais…………………………………….39

Leslie C. Brook
The Lai du Conseil in MS S (Paris, BNF, nouv. acq. fr. 1104)………………………..53

Updated List of Marie de France Publications…………………………………………..77

Rupert T. Pickens
Review of Dorothy Gilbert, Marie de France: Poetry……………………………………103

#ICLS2017: panels are full!

The 2017 Kalamazoo panels are full for our 25th anniversary! The panels are:

(1) The Versatile Marie de France (papers)
(2) Teaching Marie de France (roundtable)
(3) Performances of Marie de France

We hope to see you there!

ICLS panels (July 24-29, Lexington, Kentucky) – tentative!

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 more information on the conference, visit http://icls2016.as.uky.edu. Continue reading

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:


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.


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


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

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 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.

New Italian translation of the Lais of Guingamor, Tydorel, and Tyolet

612-0_scheda_2Edizioni 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)
ISBN: 978-88-6274-612-0
Cost: € 16.00
Copyright: 2015

For more information, visit the Website (in Italian).


ICLS 2016 – Call for Papers

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.

ICLS Call for Papers
ICLS Congress home page
ICLS main site

Kalamazoo 2016 – Call for Papers

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.

  1. Performances of Marie de France: Equitan (A Performance)
  2. Graduate Student Perspectives on Marie de France (A Roundtable)
  3. Fables and Other Works of Marie de France (Papers)

Abstracts and inquiries can be sent to the session organizer:

Ann McCullough
Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Box 79
1301 E. Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

amccullo AT mtsu.edu

The entire “Sneak Peak” is available online.

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.