116th Annual Conference - Bellingham, Washington
Friday, November 9 - Sunday, November 11, 2018

Middle English Literature, Including Chaucer I

Session Chair: 
John M. Ganim, UC Riverside
Session 5: Saturday 1:25 pm – 2:55 pm
Bond Hall 109


  1. Leila K. Norako, University of Washington
    This paper argues that considering Richard Coer de Lyon as a "multitext" allows us to make sense out of the persistent appearance and disappearance of key episodes across versions. The first half of the paper explains how and why such an approach is beneficial, and I close the paper with a description of my current digital project that will allow scholars the ability to reckon with RCL's multitextuality in ways not currently possible.
  2. Tekla Bude, Oregon State University
    In opposition to his primary poetic influences (among which are Machaut, Dante, Petrarch, and Boethius) Chaucer seems apathetic about—and in some cases downright antagonistic towards—music and musical performance. This paper will explore why Chaucer is invested in the un-musicking of poetry, and what this might mean for his work more generally.
  3. Nicole Smith, University of North Texas
    A Christian Mannes Bileeve, a little-known Middle English commentary on the Apostles’ Creed that was read by lay and religious women, stages the figure of the thinking heart to reconcile gendered binaries of Latin and vernacular, prose and poetry, and intellect and affect. My reading of the original Passion lyric in this work extends scholarship by McNamer and Watson to offer a new way of conceiving the performance of women’s affective piety.
Session Cancelled: