|Meeting of the International Piers Plowman Society
University of Washington, Seattle
23-26 July 2015
Conference Program (draft of 15 March 2015)
Thursday, 23 July
PPEA Workshop: contact Jim Knowles firstname.lastname@example.org
4:30-6:00 PM Opening Plenary: C. David Benson
6:00 PM Opening Reception; dinner on our own
Friday, 24 July
9:00-10:45 AM: Session I
Manuscripts and Books I
Karrie Fuller, University of Notre Dame, “`Makynge’ England: A Scribal Meddler in San Marino, Huntington Library MS HM 114”
Simon Horobin, University of Oxford, “John But: Making a Good End or Silly Scribbling?”
Michael Madrinkian, University of Oxford, “Regional Circulation, Coteries, and Scribal Collaboration in the Piers Plowman Manuscripts”
Chair: Christine Rose, Portland State University
Respondent: Wendy Scase, University of Birmingham
Session: Theologies I
Ryan McDermott, University of Pittsburgh, "What is Theology?"
Jack Harding Bell, Duke University, "Theology and Confession: Reflections on Theological Form"
Mariah Min, University of Pennsylvania, "Blood Brothers: Martyrdom, Conversion, and Christian Community-building in Passus 15 of Piers Plowman B”
Chair: Ed Craun, Washington and Lee University, Emeritus
C. Langland’s Poetics I
Paul Megna, University of California, Santa Barbara, “Shame, Trauma And Existential Therapy In Piers Plowman B.11 And C.13”
Justin Lynn Barker, Purdue University, “The Craft of Nature and the Nature of Craft in Mum and the Sothsegger”
Sarah Townsend, University of Pennsylvania, "Sexual-Salvific Poetics in Piers Plowman”
Anne Scott, University of Western Australia, “Technique of Humour, the Marriage of Lady Mede”
Chair: Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
10:45-11:15 AM: coffee break
11:15 AM-1:00 PM: Session II
Personification in Piers Plowman
Katharine Breen, Northwestern University, "The Metaphysics of Personification"
Julie Orlemanski, University of Chicago, “Animation, along Metaphoric and Metonymic Poles"
Masha Raskolnikov, Cornell University, "Personifying the Apologetic Self in Piers Plowman"
Chair: James Knowles, North Carolina State University
Piers Plowman, Community, and the Law
Arvind Thomas, University of California, Los Angeles, “From Naming to Enacting the Usury –Prohibition Across the B and C Versions of Passus 3”
Moira Fitzgibbons, Marist College, “`Comune’ Conversation in Piers Plowman and MS Longleat 4”
William Storm, Marquette University, “The Construction of Parliamentary Spaces in Piers Plowman”
Chair: Colette Murphy, University of Washington
Respondent: Jennifer Jahner, California Institute of Technology
The Rokeles: In Honor of Lister Matheson
Peter Sutton, “The Life of Langland: An Alternative View”
Michael Johnston, Purdue University, “William Langland and John Ball”
Andrew Galloway, Cornell University, “Why Are We Having this Conversation? Piers Plowman and the Problems and Prospects of a New Biographia Literaria”
Chair: Tess Tavormina, Michigan State University
Respondent: Rob Adams, Sam Houston State University
1:00-2:15 PM: Lunch break & International Piers Plowman Society Business Meeting
2:15-4:00 PM: Session III
A. Theologies II: Theology and Literary Practice
Curtis Gruenler, Hope College, "The Poetics of Enigma and the Theology of Participation in the Fifth Vision of Piers Plowman C"
Gaelan Gilbert, St. Katherine's College, "Langland's Theologies of Personification"
Cristina Maria Cervone, The University of Memphis, "Rechlesnesse and the Grain of Wheat"
Chair: Ryan McDermott, University of Pittsburgh
Metrical Form I: Alliterative Metre and Its Neighbors
Nicholas Myklebust, Regis University, "Overlapping Magisteria? Final -e as a Bridge between Alliterating and non-Alliterating Fourteenth-Century Meters"
Noriko Inoue, Otaru University of Commerce, "-ly and -liche/lych(e Suffixes and the A-Verse Rhythm"
Kristin Lynn Cole, Pennsylvania State University, "The Meter of the Alliterating Harley Lyrics"
Chair: Eric Weiskott
Respondent: Donka Minkova, University of California, Los Angeles
Editing Piers Plowman: A Roundtable
Míċeál Vaughan, University of Washington
A.S.G. Edwards, University of Kent
Michael Calabrese, California State University, Los Angeles
Elizabeth Robertson, University of Glasgow, and Stephen H. A. Shepherd, Loyola Marymount University
Chair: Lawrence Warner, King’s College London
4:00-4:30 PM: coffee break
4:30-6:15 PM: Session IV
Piers Plowman: A Collection of Tales
Alastair Bennett, Royal Holloway, University of London, “Langland’s Sermons and Their Narrative Contexts”
Stephanie Batkie, University of Montevallo, “Narrating Consolation in Piers Plowman and the Limits of Patience”
Mary Raschko, Whitman College, “Telling Christ’s Story: The Role of Narrative in the Four Daughters’ Debate”
Pamela King, University of Glasgow, “Dramatic Langland and his Exclusive Audience”
Chair: Robyn Malo
Piers Plowman and Sensation
Tekla Bude, University of Cambridge, “Feeling Pain and Pursuing Lechecraft in Piers Plowman”
Rawitawan Pulam, University of Hawai`I at Mānoa, “The Poetics of Langland’s Ethical Soundscape”
R. James Goldstein, Auburn University, “Kynde Knowynge”: Langland and Aesthetic Experience’
Marco Nievergelt, University of Lausanne, “Sensation, Cognition and Self-Knowledge: Scholastic Models and Poetic Experience”
Chair: Maura Nolan, University of California, Berkeley
Political Langland: 1381
Daniel Davies, University of Pennsylvania, "Vox Dei and the Literatures of 1381"
Katherine Woodason Jager, University of Houston, '”Grounden smal, smal, smal': Sound, Somatic Reception and the Rebel Letters of 1381”
Adin Lears, Cornell University, “Reading Piers Plowman for Words that Quicken and Grow”
Chair: Thomas Goodmann, University of Miami
Dinner on our own.
Saturday, 25 July
9:00-10:45 AM: Session V
Material Piers Plowman
Ellen K. Rentz, Claremont McKenna College, “Travel Gear”
Eluned Summers-Bremner, The University of Auckland, “A ‘Common Humanity’: Reliquary Modes in Piers Plowman”
Wan-Chuan Kao, Washington and Lee University, “‘Whitlether’: Material Suffering and Salvific Energy”
Chair: Shannon Gayk, Indiana University
B. Theologies III: Virtues (In Honor of Lawrence M. Clopper)
Denise N. Baker, University of North Carolina: Greensboro, "The Three Troublesome Words in Piers Plowman: Dowel, Dobet, and Dobest"
Ingrid Pierce, Purdue University, "The Poetics of Memory and the Question of Hope in Piers Plowman”
William Revere, Duke University's Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, "Mercy and 'Myhte': Virtue and Power in Piers Plowman"
Chair: Thomas Goodmann, University of Miami
C. Langland in the Sixteenth Century
Katie Little, University of Colorado Boulder, "Medieval Poetry in Sixteenth-Century England: Cannibalized? Ignored? Reformed?"
Noelle Phillips, University of British Columbia, "A Papist Piers? Treason and Nationalism in Beinecke Library MS Osborn a.18"
Thomas Prendergast, The College of Wooster, "The Mystery of Owen Rogers"
Spenser Strub, University of California, Berkeley, "Robert Doughtie and the Readers of Piers Plowman in Print"
Chair: Louise Bishop, University of Oregon
10:45-11:15 AM: coffee break
11:15 AM-1:00 PM: Session VI
Metrical Form II: Piers Plowman and Verse History
Eric Weiskott, Boston College, “The Meter of Piers Plowman in the Sixteenth Century”
Macklin Smith, University of Michigan, "Langland’s Line, Statistically Speaking"
Ian Cornelius, Yale University, "The Electronic Archive and the Meter of Piers Plowman B"
Chair: Kristin Lynn Cole, Pennsylvania State University
Respondent: Donka Minkova, University of California-Los Angeles
Manuscripts and Books II
Angela Bennett-Segler, University of Nevada-Reno, “Digital Piers: Linked Data, Machine Reading and the End of the Archive”
Tomonori Matsushita, Senshu University, “Piers Plowman Manuscripts and the Ubiquitous Archive”
Lawrence Warner, King’s College London, “Adam Pinkhurst, Scribe of Trinity B.15.17 (but no other Middle English MSS)”
Chair: Michael Calabrese, California State University, Los Angeles
Langland’s Poetics II: A Roundtable
Emily Steiner, University of Pennsylvania
Maura Nolan, University of California-Berkeley
Frank Grady, University of Missouri-Saint Louis
D. Vance Smith, Princeton University
Traugott Lawler, Yale University
Chair: C. David Benson, University of Connecticutt
1:00-2:00 lunch break box lunch
2:00-3:45 PM: Session VII
Structures of Meaning in Piers Plowman
J.A.T. Smith, Pepperdine University, “Allegory of the Noun: Person, Place, Thing, or Idea?”
James Ensley, North Carolina State University, “Textuality, Latinity, and Piers Plowman’s Archival Malady”
Sarah Wood, University of Warwick, “Voices in the Margins of Huntington Library, MS HM 143: Two Readings of Langland’s Work”
Chair: CHAIR TBA
Keeping Form in Piers Plowman
Rebecca Davis, University of California, Irvine, “Anima and its Aliases”
Jennifer L. Sisk, University of Vermont, “Forms of Doubt in Piers Plowman: Langland’s Interrogative Poetics”
Eleanor Johnson, Columbia University, “Refraining in Piers Plowman”
Chair: Elizabeth Robertson, University of Glasgow
Langland and the French Tradition
Andrew Galloway, Cornell University, “Madame Meed”
Marco Nievergelt, University of Lausanne, “Allegory, Hermeneutics and Textuality: the French Lineage of Langland’s Re-Visionary Poetics”
R. D. Perry, University of California, Berkeley, “Langland’s French Song”
Elizaveta Strakhov, Northwestern University, “`But Who Will Bell the Cat?’ Langland and Deschamps on the Hundred Years War”
Nicolette Zeeman, University of Cambridge, “Langland’s Chivalric Apocalypse”
Chair: Frank Grady, University of Missouri, Saint Louis
3:45-4:15 PM coffee break
4:15-5:15 PM: Session VIII
Piers Plowman in Our Time: A Roundtable
Sarah Tolmie, University of Waterloo, Author of The Stone Boatmen
Rosemary O’Neill, Kenyon College, “Teju Cole’s Open City and Medieval Faculty Psychology”
Peter Sutton, Independent Author & Translator, Piers Plowman: A Modern Verse Translation
Chair: Lawrence Warner
5:15-6:45 PM Closing Plenary Session: Fiona Somerset, University of Connecticut
7:00 PM Closing reception and banquet
Sun 26 July: Excursions