CFP: May 2019 International Congress on Medieval Studies – Sessions on the Pearl-Poet / Gawain-Poet

International Pearl-Poet Society
Call for Papers — ICMS 2019

The International Pearl-Poet Society is sponsoring six sessions at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 9–12, 2019) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

1)     Is there a class in this text? Teaching the Pearl-poet (Roundtable)

Sir Gawain and the Green Knight has long been a mainstay of Brit Lit surveys and introductions to medieval literature. However, the recent anthologising of Pearl, both in the Middle English and in translation, and the rise of pedagogical interest in vernacular religious traditions such as those exemplified by Cleanness and Patience, calls for a fresh appraisal of classroom strategies for approaching these texts.

2)    Visual Rhetoric in the Works of the Gawain-poet

From the description of shining, jewelled New Jerusalem to the blazons of Sir Gawain and the Pearl-maiden to the Pearl-dreamer’s inability to ‘see’ clearly, the Gawain-poet reveals himself to be a writer who depends on visual metaphors, imagery, and motifs. Seeking to renovate earlier work by Sarah Stanbury (1991, 2007), Maidie Hilmo (2001), and Tony Davenport (2008), this session will explore the ways that the poet deploys motifs of sight and seeing to shape the meaning of his texts.

3)    Gender and Engendering in the Works of the Pearl-poet

Morgan le Fay, Hagar and Sarah, Lady Bertilak, the Pearl-maiden, Lot’s unnamed wife and daughters, Queen Guinevere. Shrinking Gawain, wayward Jonah, ‘beardless’ Arthur, the gentle Jeweller, the Green Knight with his half-giant chest and shoulders to match. Housteholds hoping for heirs; kingdoms that shall never know one. The Pearl-poet presents a broad spectrum of gendered characters. This session invites participants to consider how the poet plays with tropes of gender in the Cotton Nero A.x poems and St. Erkenwald.

4)    Beyond the Codex: Extraliterary Influences on the Texts of the PearlManuscript

The Pearl-poet was, without a doubt, widely read. But what other cultural ‘texts’ and contexts influenced his poetry? How did architecture, the liturgy, political upheaval, religious debates, economic anxiety, international affairs, and epidemic outbreak weigh on mind of the poet as he composed his works?

5)    Fifty Shades of Green: Hagiography and Demonology in the Pearl-poet Corpus

Between the celestial city and the shady Green Chapel, the miracles of a London bishop and the Leviathan-underworld in the belly of a sea beast, the works of the Pearl-poet explore the full range of the divine and the infernal. The papers in this session will interrogate the poet’s use of hagiographic tropes as well as material from folk traditions as he crafts his supernatural narratives.

We invite abstracts from scholars of all levels. Papers may deal with one or all of the poems by the Pearl-poet. Paper sessions will consist of either three twenty-minute or four fifteen-minute presentations; all paper sessions will afford at least thirty minutes for discussion. As lively conversation and collaboration are key goals, the pedagogical roundtable can accommodate up to six participants presenting for seven or eight minutes, with approximately half the session reserved for discussion.

Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) and the completed Participant Information Form by

15 September 2018 to

Benjamin Barootes
Pontifical Institute of Mediæval Studies
59 Queen’s Park Crescent East
Toronto, Ontario
Canada    M5S 2C4
bsw.barootes@utoronto.ca

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CFP – International Pearl-Poet Society – ICMS 2018

Call for Papers – ICMS 2018

The International Pearl-Poet Society is sponsoring three sessions at the 53rdInternational Congress on Medieval Studies (May 10-13, 2018) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

1) Postcards from the Edge: Boundaries & Liminality in the Gawain-poet (paper session)

Hailing from, and possibly writing in, the Northwest Midlands, the poet of the Cotton Nero A.x poems was acutely aware of the tensions between the centre and periphery. Like Gawain venturing forth from the warmth of Arthur’s court to wander the Welsh marches, this session explores the role and function of the outside, the edge, and the in-between in the works of the Gawain-poet.

2) Play & Performance in the Pearl-poet (paper session)

This session moves beyond the critical discussion of ludic elements in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight to take a more broad approach to play and performance in the poems of Cotton Nero A.x and St. Erkenwald. This wider scope allows for investigations of the poet’s interest in word games, competing voices and discourses, and the role of courtly entertainments in and for the poems.

3) A Readers’ Theatre of the Gawain-poet (performance session)

This session offers participants a chance to indulge in the texture of the poet’s rich language in the original Northwest Midlands dialect. We welcome monologues, dialogues, and performances by many voices. Please indicate the names of participants and the section of the text you will be performing.

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We invite abstracts from scholars of all levels. Papers may deal with one or all of the poems by the Pearl-poet. Paper sessions will consist of four fifteen-minute presentations with thirty minutes. We ask participants in the Readers’ Theatre to limit their performances to twenty minutes maximum.

Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) and the completed Participant Information Form (https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u434/2017/medieval-pif-2018.doc) by 15 September 2017 to

Benjamin Barootes
Centre for Medieval Studies
University of Toronto
125 Queen’s Park Crescent
Toronto, Ontario
M5S 1A1 Canada
bsw.barootes@utoronto.ca

CFP: International Pearl-Poet Society – International Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI – May 2017

The International Pearl-Poet Society is sponsoring the following two paper sessions at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 11-14, 2017) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI:

I: Death and Rebirth in the Pearl-Poet
II: The Transformative Pearl-Poet: Translation and Adaptation

We invite abstracts from scholars of all levels, dealing with one or all of the Pearl-Poems. Papers should be no more than 20 minutes long. Submissions should include one-page abstracts and the completed Participant Information Form (https://wmich.edu/sites/default/files/attachments/u434/2016/medieval-pif-2017.doc). Please send these by September 13, 2016 to:

Kara Larson Maloney
kmalone3@binghamton.edu
Department of English, General Literature & Rhetoric
Binghamton University
PO Box 6000
Binghamton, NY  13902-6000