Schedule: Tuesday 12 July

9:00-10:30    SESSIONS: GROUP 3

3A Paper Panel: London Bridge

(Bancroft 1.13)
Thread: London: Books, Texts, Lives
Organizer: Catherine Sanok, University of Michigan 
Chair: Catherine Sanok

  1. Sarah Breckenridge Wright, Duquesne University, “Vagrants and Viaducts: Representing London Bridge in The Cook’s Tale
  2. Sheila Coursey, University of Michigan, “The Box Seats: Severed Heads and the Pageantry of London Bridge”
  3. Jennifer Jahner, Caltech, “Becket at London’s Bounds: Sainthood and the Architectures of Citizenship”

3B Roundtable: Queer Manuscripts: The Textuality of Error (2)
Thread: Error
Organizers: Roberta Magnani, Swansea University, and Diane Watt, Surrey University
Chair: Roberta Magnani

  1. M.W. Bychowski, The George Washington University, “Trans Textuality”
  2. Kathleen E. Kennedy, Penn State-Brandywine, “The Queerness of Miscellanies”
  3. Jamie Staples, New York University, “I See It, But I'm Not Quite Sure What It Is, or The Discomfort with Cleanness as a Naked Text”
  4. Amy Louise Morgan, University of Surrey, “‘Oueral enker-grene’: How Queer is the Green Knight in British Library MS Cotton Nero A.x.?”
  5. Lucy Allen, University of Cambridge, “Traumatic Displacement in the Alliterative Morte Arthure and Malory”

3C Seminar: Medieval Multimodalities/Digital Multimodalities
(Skeel Lecture Theatre)
Thread: Medieval Media 
Organizers: Dorothy Kim, Vassar College, and Katharine Jager, University of Houston-Downtown
Chair: Dorothy Kim 

  1. Meg Worley, Colgate University, “Hyperreading Then and Now”
  2. Kate Maxwell, University of Tromsø, “Beyond Sound, Image and Text: The (More) Hidden Modes of the Manuscript”
  3. Laura Kendrick, Universite de Versailles, “Medieval Re-mediations of The Apostle’s Creed for Multimodal Interpretive Communities”
  4. Heather Blatt, Florida International University, “Multimodality and Wall Text Verses in Manuscript”
  5. Susan Yager, Iowa State University, “The Multimodal and the End of Silence”
  6. Mark Amsler, University of Auckland, “Linguistic Ecology and Hybrid Mothers”
  7. Elon Lang, University of Texas at Austin, and Robin Wharton, Georgia State University, “Exploring Medieval Mulitmodality through Pedagogy of Making and Remediation”

Pre-circulated materials for this seminar can be found at 

3D Roundtable: The Experience of Fiction (1)
Thread: Scientiae
Organizers: Marco Nievergelt, Institut d’Etudes Avancées de Paris, and Julie Orlemanski, University of Chicago
Chair: Marco Nievergelt 

  1. Darragh Greene, University College, Dublin, “The Value of ‘Chaf’, or Chaucer’s Praise of ‘Folye’”
  2. Laura Ashe, Worcester College, University of Oxford, “Fiction as Ethical Exercise”
  3. Jessica Lockhart, University of Toronto, “‘It seems impossible, but it’s necessary’: The Poetics of Fiction in the Secretum philosophorum
  4. David Lavinsky, Yeshiva University-New York, “‘Why ask why?’: Romance, Counterfactuality, and the Making of Fiction”

3E Roundtable: Narrative Conduits
(Bancroft 1.13a)
Thread: Chaucerian Networks
Organizer: Leila K. Norako, Stanford University, and Kristi J. Castleberry, Lyndon State College
Chair: Kristi J. Castleberry

  1. Andrew M. Richmond, Ohio State University, “‘þe marches of þe cee’: Navigable Waterways and the Shaping of Narrative in Kyng Alisaunder and Titus and Vespasian
  2. Amber Dove Clark, University of Texas, “Wandering ‘on the Rokke (…) Over the see’: the Ocean as Natural Boundary and Narrative Conduit in Charles of Orleans’s English Dream” 
  3. Sarah Crover, University of British Columbia, “Monmouth’s Thames: Unpredictable Messenger of Divine Will”
  4. Gina Marie Hurley, Yale University, “Souls and the Sea in the Digby Mary Magdalene

3F Paper Panel: Corporeal Fluidity: Written in Stone
(Bancroft 1.15)
Thread: Corporealities
Organizer: Liz Herbert McAvoy, Swansea University
Chair: Liz Herbert McAvoy

  1. Sophia Wilson, King’s College London, “Petrified Women and Stony Animacy in William Caxton’s c.1480 Metamorphose
  2. Kathy Lavezzo, University of Iowa, “Bodies and Buildings: The Jews of Lincoln and the Hereford Mappamundi”
  3. Mary Beth Long and Kim Sexton, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, “Toward a Theology of Maternity: Margery Kempe’s Built Environment” 


3G Roundtable: Literary Value in 2016
Bancroft 3.26)
Thread: Literary Forms
Organizer: Robert J. Meyer-Lee, Agnes Scott College
Chair: Robert J. Meyer-Lee

  1. Siobhain Bly Calkin, Carleton University, “What is the Literary Value of a Name?”
  2. Thomas J. Farrell, Stetson University, “The Literary and the Humanistic in 2016”
  3. Ingrid Nelson, Amherst College, “Lyric Values”
  4. Amy Goodwin, Randolph-Macon College, “Chaucerian Ephemera and Literary Value”
  5. Eric Weiskott, Boston College, “Meter as a Specifically Literary Practice”

3H Paper Panel: Surveillance (2): Hearing, Reading, Writing
(David Sizer LT)
Organizer: Sylvia Tomasch, Hunter College (CUNY)
Chair: Sylvia Tomasch

  1. Ashley Ott, Saint Louis University, “‘Writen in his tables’: Surveillance as Inscription and Erasure in Chaucer”
  2. Jacqueline M. Burek, University of Pennsylvania, "Eyewitness to History or Spy for the English? Historical Research as Surveillance in Robert Mannyng of Brunne’s Chronicle
  3. Martha Rust, New York University, “‘Youre names I entre heer in my rolle anon’: The List and Parchment Roll as Controlled Space"

3I Roundtable: Did Chaucer Have a Mother Tongue? 
In memory of David Trotter

(Arts 2 Lecture Theatre)
Organizers: Christopher Cannon, New York University, and Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
Chair: Ardis Butterfield

  1. Marjorie Curry Woods, University of Texas at Austin, “Was there a Mother Tongue in the Later Middle Ages?”
  2. Georgiana Donavin, Westminster College-Salt Lake City, “Gram/marians and Mother Tongues”
  3. Colette Moore, University of Washington, “Father Chaucer, Mother Tongue” 
  4. Jonathan Hsy, George Washington University, “Gower’s Vernaculars: Interlanguage and Gender” 

​Respondent: Ardis Butterfield, Yale University

10:30-11:00    Coffee Break

11:00-12:30    Presidential Address
(People’s Palace Theatre)
Chair: Ardis Butterfield, Yale Univeristy
Susan Crane, Columbia University, “The litel erth that here is”

12:30-2:00     Lunch

2:00-3:30    SESSIONS: GROUP 4

4A Paper Panel: London and the Senses 
(Bancroft 1.13)
Thread: London: Books, Texts, Lives
Organizer: Marion Turner, University of Oxford
Chair: Marion Turner

  1. Joseph Taylor, University of Alabama, “Quiet Riot: Sound Studies and Chaucer’s Ear for the City”
  2. Jenny Boyar, University of Rochester, “Thinking by Heart: Feeling and the Chaucerian Brain”
  3. Elizabeth Edwards, University of King’s College, “The Funerary Sensorium”

4B Roundtable: Textual Error / Textual Correction
(Bancroft 1.13a)
Thread: Error
Organizer: Thomas J. Farrell, Stetson University
Moderator: Thomas J. Farrell

  1. Misty Schieberle, University of Kansas, “Revisiting Error: Scholarly vs. Scribal Mistakes”
  2. Warren Ginsburg, University of Oregon, “Error, Expansion, Translation: The Host’s Stanza”
  3. Carissa Harris, Temple University, “Obscenity as Error: Correcting Chaucer's Obscenities in BL MS Additional 35286”
  4. Stephen Partridge, University of British Columbia, “Variance, Error, Authority: The Part-Divisions of the Knight's Tale

4C Paper Panel: Curiositas
(Bancroft 1.15)
Thread: Scientiae
Organizer: Patricia Clare Ingham, Indiana University
Chair: Patricia Clare Ingham

  1. Richard Newhauser, Arizona State University-Tempe, “Curiosity’s Fall: The Miller’s Tale and Anti-Intellectualism”
  2. Helen Cushman, Harvard University, “Curiositas and Curatio in East Anglian Drama”
  3. Anke Bernau, University of Manchester, “Of Kings and Craftsmen: The Power of Curious Works”

4D Paper Panel: Town and Country Networks in Chaucerian Britain
(Bancroft 3.26)
Thread: Chaucerian Networks
Organizer: Helen Fulton, University of Bristol
Chair: Helen Fulton

  1. Cathy Hume, University of Bristol, “‘Is not this my friend?’: Urban Social Networks and Troilus and Criseyde
  2. Megan Leitch, Cardiff University, “‘By meenes and brocage’: The Politics of Intercession in Chaucerian Networks”
  3. Linne Mooney, University of York, “Networks of Scribes and Patrons in Chaucerian London”

4E Roundtable: Material Culture and Early British Performance
(Skeel Lecture Theatre)
Thread: Ritual, Pageant, Spectacle
Organizer: Gail McMurray Gibson, Davidson College 
Chair: Gail McMurray Gibson

  1. Jessica Brantley, Yale University, “Drama in Alabaster: An Intermedial Comparison”
  2. Christina M. Fitzgerald, University of Toledo, “Putting the Pageant Wagon before the Play in York”
  3. Sarah Stanbury, College of the Holy Cross, “Houses, Halls, and Roofed Chambers: The Ark as Playhouse”
  4. Jay Zysk, University of South Florida, “The Semiotics of Holy Matter in Early English Drama”
  5. Shannon Gayk, Indiana University, Bloomington, “Instrumental Drama”

4F Seminar: (Dis)abling the Human/Animal Body
Thread: Corporealities
Organizer: Haylie Swenson, George Washington University, and Liam Lewis, University of Warwick
Chair: Haylie Swenson and Liam Lewis

  1. Abby Ang, Indiana University, “(Very) Close Encounters: Curiosity and Pain in Marie de France’s ‘The Peasant and the Beetle’”
  2. Teresa P. Reed, Jacksonville State University, “Got Your Nose! Animality as Humanity in Bisclavret
  3. Karl Steel, Brooklyn College and the Graduate Center, City University of New York, “Animals, Gesture, and Communication Despite it All”
  4. Jessica Chace, New York University, “Animal Prostheses and Enabling Technologies in Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale
  5. Andrea Whitacre, Indiana University, “The Bear and the Baby: Lumps of Flesh in the Bestiary and The King of Tars
  6. Rob Wakeman, University of Maryland, “The Simplicity of the Ass”

​Pre-circulated materials for this seminar can be found at

4G  Paper Panel: Chaucerian Shibboleths (2): Teleology 
(Arts 2 Lecture Theatre)
Thread: Uses of the Medieval
Organizers: Ryan McDermott, University of Pittsburgh, and Michelle Karnes, Stanford University
Chair: Michelle Karnes

  1. Rita Copeland, University of Pennsylvania, “Telos”
  2. D. Vance Smith, Princeton University, “Entelechy”
  3. Ryan McDermott, University of Pittsburgh, “Eschatology”

4H Roundtable: Digital Approaches to Middle English Editing
(David Sizer LT)
Organizer: Akiyuki Jimura, Hiroshima University and Okayama University of Science, and Yoshiyuki Nakao, Hiroshima University and Fukuyama University
Chair: Yoshiyuki Nakao

  1. Shay Hopkins, University of California at Santa Barbara, “Encoding Wayfinding Techniques in the Hagiographies of Oxford, Bodleian Library, Laud Misc. 108”
  2. Murray McGillivray, University of Calgary, “The Cotton Nero A.x. Project: Digital Approaches to the Gawain-poems”
  3. Hideshi Ohno, Hiroshima University, “The Manuscripts and Editions of The Canterbury Tales: Textual Variations and Readings”
  4. Timothy Stinson, North Carolina State University, “Editing Piers Plowman: Translatio and Transformations”

4I Paper Panel: Traveler’s Tales and Medieval Ethnographies: Encountering Religious Diversities
Organizer: Christine Chism, University of California – Los Angeles
Chair: Christine Chism

  1. Steven F. Kruger, Queens College and The Graduate Center, CUNY, “An Iberian Jew in London: Solomon ha-Levi/Paul of Burgos’s Purim Letter” 
  2. Stephanie Pentz, Northwestern University, “Ethnographic Encounters and Religious Debate in Alexander and Dindimus
  3. Sierra Lomuto, "Jerusalem in the Myddel: Oppositional Geography and Prester John's Christian Empire in The Book of John Mandeville"

3:30-4:00    Coffee Break

4:00-5:30     SESSIONS: GROUP 5

5A Roundtable: Problem Texts (2)
(Bancroft 1.13)
Thread: Error
Organizer: Megan Cook, Colby College
Chair: Megan Cook

  1. Dabney Bankert, James Madison University, “Chaucer's Problem Poem: The ‘inexplicable,’ ‘rambling,’ ‘tedious,’ ‘puzzling’ House of Fame
  2. Kathleen Burt, Middle Georgia State University, “Mis-taking Chaucer in ‘The Complaint of the Prisoner Against Fortune’”
  3. Brooke Hunter, Villanova University, “‘So sleigh arn clerkes olde’: Forgery, Plagiarism, and Bad Scholarship”
  4. Sarah Noonan, St. Mary's College, “Contemplating Emptiness in Two Early Manuscripts of the Cloud of Unknowing

5B Paper Panel: Charisma 
(Arts 2 Lecture Theatre)
Thread: Medieval Media 
Organizers: Irina Dumitrescu, University of Bonn, and Laura Saetveit Miles, University of Bergen
Chair: Holly Crocker, University of South Carolina

  1. Noelle Phillips, Douglas College, “Kingly Charisma: Royal Image-Crafting in Late Medieval England”
  2. David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania, “Chaucerian Charisma, or What C.S. Lewis Really Did”
  3. Patricia Clare Ingham, Indiana University, “Gawain’s Charisma”

5C Laboratory: Reading the Arts Curriculum         
(Skeel Lecture Theatre)
Thread: Scientiae
Organizer: D. Vance Smith, Princeton University

This session is designed to explore some common university texts that would have structured the intellectual habitus of Chaucer’s university-educated contemporaries. Participants will explore what it was like to be an arts student in Oxford and Cambridge as well as to sample some of the texts that were regularly lectured upon in the so-called “three philosophies” (rational, natural, and moral). After some general remarks on the late medieval university curriculum, discussion will center around short readings from subjects including ethics, logic, natural philosophy, and rhetoric. Discussion leaders will include Martin Camargo, University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign; Kellie Robertson, University of Maryland; Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington University in St. Louis; and D. Vance Smith, Princeton University.

Pre-circulated materials for this session can be found at

5D Roundtable: After Chaucer
Thread: Chaucerian Networks
Organizers: Aditi Nafde, Newcastle University, and Elon Lang, University of Texas, Austin
Chair: Elon Lang

  1. Jenni Nuttall, St Edmund Hall, University of Oxford, “Form and Fashion in Lancastrian Poems”
  2. Gabriel Haley, Concordia University, “Secularized Contemplation: Chaucer's Lyrics in the Fifteenth Century”
  3. Helen Hickey, University of Melbourne, “How Are Authors Made? Reading Chaucer and Hoccleve with the Encyclopedists”
  4. Madeleine L. Saraceni, Yale University, “‘He fo in herte is vnto wommen alle’: Antagonism and Ambivalence in Hoccleve’s The Series
  5. Phillipa Hardman, University of Reading, “A Late-Middle-English Literary Decorator: Chaucerian Echoes in the Sowdone of Babylone

5E Roundtable: Teaching with Torture: Violence as Spectacle in the Classroom
(Bancroft 1.13a)
Thread: Ritual, Pageant, Spectacle
Organizer: Nicole Nyffenegger, Bern University
Chair: Nicole Nyffenegger

  1. Sarah Nangle, University College Dublin, “Mean Girls: Gender and Violence in Abu Ghraib and Chaucer's Prioress’ Tale
  2. Cara Hersh, University of Portland, “Spitting Images: Pedagogies of Purity, Spectacle, and Violence in the Prioress’ Tale
  3. Dianne Berg, Tufts University, “‘This is ynogh, Grisilde myn’: Personal Suffering and Public Subjugation in the Clerk’s Tale
  4. Kathrin Scheuchzer, University of Bern, “The Reader as Spectator in John Foxe’s Actes and Monuments
  5. John Hoarty, Saint Ignatius College Prep, “Cloaked in Virtue, Soaked in Blood: Romantic Narrative as Disguise in the Knight’s Tale

5F Paper Panel: Embodied Emotions, Emotional Bodies (1): Falling and Fallen Bodies
(Bancroft 1.15)
Thread: Corporealities
Organizer: Stephanie Downes, University of Melbourne
Chair: Barry Windeatt, Emmanuel College, Cambridge

  1. Victoria Blud, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of York, “‘Double Sorwe:’ Embodied Emotion and Gendered Bodies in Troilus and Criseyde
  2. Lynn Shutters, Colorado State University, “The Anatomy of a Swoon in Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess
  3. Rachel Levinson-Emley, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Arcite’s Inexpressible Love: Hereos and Bleeding in The Knight’s Tale

5G Paper Panel: The Limits of the Literary 1: Spiritual Constraints and Literary Possibilities
Thread: Literary Forms
Organizers: James Simpson, Harvard University, and Eva von Contzen, University of Freiburg
Chairs: James Simpson and Eva von Contzen 

  1. Catherine Sanok, University of Michigan, “The Vernicle and the Archive”
  2. Jonathan Stavsky, The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, “‘Thou getest fable noon ytoold for me’: Journey, Genre, and Community in the Parson’s Prologue
  3. Marco Nievergelt, Institut d’Etudes Avancées de Paris, “Guillaume de Deguileville and the Limits of Didactic Allegory: Literary Authorship as Residual Subjectivity”

5H Paper Panel: Middle English literature and the Archives (2): The Continent
(Bancroft 3.26)
Organizers: Julia Boffey, Queen Mary University of London and Ryan Perry, University of Kent
Chair: Ryan Perry

  1. Michael Van Dussen, McGill University, “Public Texts in London: Evidence from Central European Manuscripts”
  2. Sebastian Sobecki, University of Groningen, “A Southwark Tale: New Documents on Gower, Chaucer, and The Canterbury Tales

5I Paper Panel: Conscience and Confession
(David Sizer LT)
Organizer: Nicole D. Smith, University of North Texas
Chair: Nicole D. Smith

  1. Pamela M. Yee, University of Rochester, “‘Shryfte wythoute repentaunce’: Confession as Narrative Medicine in Book of the Duchess
  2. Kate Ash-Irisarri, Liverpool Hope University,  “Memory and Sapience in Dunbar's Confession Poems”
  3. Nicolette Zeeman, University of Cambridge, “Lay but Ordained? Rational but Patient? Conscience in Piers Plowman

5:30-7:00     Special Event: Lavinia Greenlaw
(People’s Palace Theatre)
One of the UK’s most important poets, Lavinia Greenlaw, will be reading from her latest book of poetry, A Double Sorrow, which imaginatively recreates Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde via a sequence of more than 200 poems, each seven lines long and working over three rhymes, loosely in the manner of rhyme royal, with stunning results. The book was short-listed for the 2014 Costa Poetry Award, and The Guardian writes that its words are “shadowed by the mystery that is the mark of real poetry.”

7:00-8:00    Reception
Generously sponsored by the English departments of Birkbeck, University of London; King's College London; Queen Mary, University of London; Universiyy College London; and the Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies, King's College London.