EBS Fall 2003 Newsletter
I. John Audelay and His Book (Douce 302), organized with Susanna Fein
Proposals (1-2 pp), letters of commitment, and a-v request forms (download these from http://www.wmich.edu/medieval/) should be sent to Martha W. Driver, Dept of English, Pace University, 41 Park Row, New York, NY 10038, not later than September 15. EBS members wishing to serve as session chairs or respondents should send a note by the September date to the university or e-mail address. Abstracts may also be FAXed to her attention at 212-346-1754 (English Department). E-mail inquiries are welcome: <email@example.com>.
In addition to our registered participants, several scholars stepped up to the plate to present talks in sessions for those who were unable to attend the conference for reasons of illness. Among these participants were A.S.G. Edwards, University of Victoria, who spoke on "Noble Families and Devotional Books: the Notre Dame MS of 'The Mirror to Devout People'," John Scattergood, Trinity College, Dublin, who presented a lecture on "'The Eyes of Memory': Functions of the Illustrations in Trinity College, Dublin, MS 505," and Joyce Boro, Université de Montréal, who presented a lively lecture on "A Source & Date for the Fragment of Grisel y Mirabella Found in the Binding of Emmanuel College 338.5.43." All of the conference presentations were lively and informative. We do wish to single out the group of students trained under the aegis of Professor Takamiya for special praise, along with Niahm Pattwell and Elisabeth Dutton, who were also outstanding and for whom this was the very first conference presentation.
Among the many conference highlights was a hands-on exhibition of collections from the University Library as well as selected materials from Ushaw College Library, curated by Ian Doyle, Beth Rainey and Sheila Hingley, Special Collections Librarian. A pamphlet produced for this occasion was distributed to all participants and included notes on Cosin MS V.ii.13, a mid-fifteenth century manuscript of Chaucer's Troilus followed by Hoccleve's 'Epistle of Cupid' and another anonymous English courtly love poem, which is apparently unique, and Cosin MS V.iii.9, Hoccleve's autograph presentation copy of his Poems, written ca. 1420, with missing matter supplied by John Stow. Both of these manuscripts were formerly in the collection of William Browne, poet of Tavistock, . Other fifteenth-century manuscripts on display included a manuscript of Lydgate's Siege of Thebes (also from Browne's collection), a Sarum Breviary for the use of Norwich, an early copy of the Poor Caitiff, John Mirk's Festial, and Sir John Mandeville's Travels. Among printed books to be seen were many produced by Wynkyn de Worde, including the unique example of St Francis of Assisi, In the name of god here begynneth the rule of the lyuynge of the bretherne and systers of the order of penytentes, as well as books printed by Caxton, Pynson, Robert Wyer, and Rastell, as well as the 1550 edition of Langland's The vision of Pierce Plowman and the 1554 Berthelette edition of the Confessio Amantis. French printers were also well represented, among them Vérard, Regnault, and his widow, Magdalena Boursette. It was a great pleasure to sit at tables in the Durham University Library and to examine these books first hand, marveling at the wealth and range of the collections.
A copy of the exhibition pamphlet was subsequently inscribed by all those attending the conference and was formally presented to Ian at the conference banquet. This annotated and personalized copy was unfortunately misplaced during the excitement of the ceilidh but was, we are delighted to report, located the day after the ceilidh and suitably bound and illuminated, then presented informally across the library check-out desk to Ian Doyle the day after the conference had ended.
EBS-authors reportedly did well in sales at the conference book table, overseen by Richard Britnell. Titles of interest to the Society were represented there by books and journals published by Boydell and Brewer, Peter Lang, University College Dublin Press, Maney, Palgrave, and the Durham Modern Language Series.
Hick Scorner (STC 14039) , With The Manner of the Crying of Ane Play, was presented by the Durham Medieval Theatre Company, directed by John McKinnell who also thrilled the audience in one of the starring roles. Hick Scorner is an allegorical play, set in the well-known area of Southwark, and the first performance probably took place there in the London house of the Duke of Suffolk. The actors made good use of the set and props, though we were not fully convinced of the conversions of a number of wicked characters by play's end. The audience enjoyed the participatory nature of the second short play, in which, according to the program notes, 'unpardonable liberties with the place-names in the texts...' were taken in order 'to persecute our innocent audience.'
The champagne-croquet match was won this year by Oliver Pickering and his partner rookie Orietta Darold (who claimed never to have played the game before, though we suspect, she, much like Ben Curtis, the winner of this year's British Open, is simply a natural). Congratulations to all who played on that most beautiful sunny and warm Durham afternoon. Thanks are very much due to Jennifer Britnell, Richard Britnell, Jane Taylor, Ian Doyle, Beth Rainey, Sheila Hingley and John McKinnell for their insight, talents and hard work in putting together this very successful conference.
See photos of the conference by Mari Tomioka here.
EBS Conference 2005
JEBS 7 and 8
JEBS Subscription Information
While many EBS members have already ordered JEBS 6 with their membership renewal, copies may also be ordered separately. If you are ordering from outside the US, you can pay with VISA (in U.S. dollars) using the order form that may be downloaded from the EBS site at <http://www.pace.edu/press>. Libraries may purchase copies directly from Ingram Library Services (1-800-937-5300). JEBS 7 will be included in 2003-2004 membership if paid before the annual meeting in May 2004. The membership renewal form for 2003-2004 is found on the last page of this bulletin .
Calls for Papers
The Discourse of Law and Justice in Medieval Europe, the 24th Annual Conference, will be held at the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University, on Saturday, March 27, 2004. The Center invites papers from medievalists interested in exploring the discourse of law and justice in medieval Europe, including the ways in which it was appropriated, transformed, or represented in images as well as in poetry, treatises, drama. Keynote speaker is Stephen D. White (Emory University). Abstract and cover letter with contact information to arrive by October 20 sent to: The Conference Committee, Center for Medieval Studies, FMH 405B, Fordham University, Bronx, NY 10458 (718-817-4655 FAX 718-817-3987, e-mail: <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The 11th Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society
will be held at the University of Wisconsin in Madison, Wisconsin, from
29 July through 4 August 2004. Plenary speakers will include Mary and
Richard Rouse (UCLA), Christopher Page (Sidney Sussex College, Cambridge),
and C. Stephen Jaeger (University of Illinois). Proposals for papers and
special sessions are welcome from a wide range of areas pertinent to courtly
literature and culture, and will receive special consideration if related
to the conference themes, which include the Courtly Book, Music, Arts
and the Court, the Present State of Courtly Studies and Future Perspectives,
and Courtly Culture in a Comparative Perspective. Papers are limited to
20 minutes, and all proposals are subject to the approval of the Organizing
Committee. Papers may be presented in English, French or German. Abstracts
of 250 words should be submitted by October 1, 2003, accompanied by requests
for audio-visual equipment or related special requests. All abstracts
of accepted papers will be printed in booklet form for distribution at
the Congress. Confirmation of acceptance with registration materials will
be sent in November, with a registration deadline of Feb. 1, 2004. Inquiries
may be addressed either to Christopher Kleinhenz or Keith Busby at Dept
of French and Italian, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 618 Van Hise Hall,
1220 Linden Drive, Madison, WI 53706 (FAX 608-265-3892, e-mail <email@example.com>
or <firstname.lastname@example.org>). The
conference web site is <http://frit.less.wisc.edu/frit/>.
NEH Research Fellowships
Munby Fellowship 2004-5
Getty Research Grants 2004
Conferences, Colloquia, Talks, Exhibitions of Interest to EBS Members
10-11 October: Thirtieth Annual St Louis Conference on Manuscript Studies, Vatican Film Library, St Louis University, featuring Lucy Freeman Sandler and Jonathan J. G. Alexander. Contact Vatican Film Library, Pius XII Memorial Library, St Louis University, 3650 Lindell Blvd., St Louis, MO 63108-3302. E-mail <email@example.com>. Website: http://www.slu.edu/libraries/vfl.
10 and 17 December: Spread of Gothic Art from Italy to England, and Gargoyles: Holy Terrors on Gothic Churches. Two of a series of lectures presented by EBS-member Janetta Rebold Benton at the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York this fall, both Wednesdays at 11 am. Call 212-570-3949, or contact Concerts & Lectures, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1000 Fifth Avenue, NYC 10028-0198.
26-27 March 2004: Print Culture and the City, McGill University, Montréal, Canada. Call for 20-min papers on the relationships between print culture and urban life. Abstracts (300-350 words) to be submitted by Sept 1. Presenters are further asked to send a short biography (2-3 lines) and full contact information with their proposals to: Jessica Wurster, Department of Art History and Communications Studies, McGill University, 853 Sherbrooke St West, Montréal QCH3A 2T6 Canada. E-mail .
25-27 March 2004: Antiquarianism and the Early Modern Age: Perspectives on Europe and China, An Interdisciplinary Conference, Bard Graduate Center, 18 West 86th Street, New York, NY 10019. Presentations on antiquarianism, the study of the past, the study of nature, and the study of peoples. Contact Peter N. Miller (212-501-3044) or Francois Louis (212-501-3088)
16-17 April: Medieval Perspectives of Woman and Womanhood. Thirty-First
Annual Sewanee Medieval Collquium, featuring E. Jane Burns, University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and Madeline H. Caviness, Tufts University.
Abstracts for 20-minute presentations from any discipline (approx. 250
words) in two copies along with two copies of a brief vita should be sent
by October 1, 2003. Accepted papers are to be submitted in their final
form, including critical apparatus, by February 20. Submissions are to
be sent to Professor Susan Riyard, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University
of the South, 735 University Avenue, Sewanee, Tennessee 37383-1000. E-mail