Author Archives: Tamara Caudill

About Tamara Caudill

Assistant Professor of French at Jacksonville University Past President, International Marie de France Society Assistant Editor, Le Cygne

ICLS Panels 2016 – Tentative

The following Marie de France papers will be presented at the 15th Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, July 24-29 at the University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.  Dates and times subject to change. We will update again once the official program has been printed.

For more information on the conference, visit

Tuesday, July 26 is “Marie de France Day”

8:30-10a.m. –  Leisure, Ludics, and Life-Changing Linens in the Lays of Marie de France
Chair: Rupert T. Pickens (University of Kentucky)
Location: Niles Gallery

  • “The Wounding of the Deer in Marie de France’s ‘Guigemar’: A Medieval Veterinarian Perspective,” Carol Dover (Georgetown U)
  • “Marie at Play: Equitan as Courtly Diversion or Carnivalesque Subversion?” Monica L. Wright (University of Louisiana at Lafayette)
  • “Liminal Beds and Dangerous Textiles in Marie de France’s Lais,” Susan Hopkirk (U of Toronto)

2-3:30p.m. – Marie de France: Reception and Performance
Chair: TBD
Location: Niles Gallery

  • “Marie de France Enlightened and Romanticized,” Logan Whalen (U of Oklahoma)
  • “Chaitivel: A Reconstruction of the Performance of a 12th Century Lai,” Ronald Cook (Independent Scholar)
  • TBD, Simonetta Cochis (Transylvania U)

3:30-4p.m. – Coffee Break
Location: Fine Arts Lobby


4 – 5:30p.m. – Performances of Old French Narrative Lays
Location: Niles Gallery

  • Ron Cook (Independent Scholar), Tamara Bentley Caudill (Tulane U), Simonetta Cochis (Transylvania U)

Highlights from Kzoo Sneak Peak!

The Kalamazoo Sneak Peak is now available online!

Some highlights for scholars of Marie de France are as follows:

  • Friday, 1:30 PM: Session 249
    Unwilling Wives: Doon, Melian, and Bisclavret, Matilda Tomaryn Bruckner, Boston College
  • Friday,  3:30PM: Session 298
    Marie de France: A Case Study of Cultural Shift and Literary Motherhood, Kimberly Tate Anderson, Florida State Univ.
  • Saturday, 10AM: Session 367
    (1) Of Medieval Spaces: Heterotopia and Gender in Marie de France’s Lanval, Julie K. Chamberlin, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
    (2) Women, Space, and Influence in the Lais of Marie de France, Holly C. A. Corbett, McMaster Univ
  • Saturday, Noon
    Business Meeting of the IMFS
  • Saturday 1:30PM: Session 387
    (1) Expression in Disjunction: Marie’s Espurgatoire, Ann McCullough
    (2) Interspecies Encounters: Words and Deeds between Man and Beast in the Fables of Marie de France, Tamara Bentley Caudill, Tulane Univ
  • Saturday 3:30PM: Session 441
    Performances of Marie de France: Equitan, Tamara Bentley Caudill (Tulane Univ), Chris Treen (Independent Scholar), Simonetta Cochis (Transylvania Univ), Ronald Cook (Independent Scholar), Walter A. Blue (Hamline Univ)
  • Sunday 8:30AM: Session 510
    Beastly Desires: Heteronormative Correctives in Marie de France’s Guigemar, Bisclavret, and Yonec, L. Kip Wheeler, Carson-Newman Uni

Le Cygne, Vol. 2 (3rd Series) announced

For the second year in a row, Le Cygne will send out its annual issue in the early months of the new year.  Contributions are as follows:


Beston, John. ” The Role of the Secretary Girart in the Old French Lay of Amours.”

Brown, Brandy N. “A Hard Day’s Knight: The Journey to the Otherworld in Marie de France’s Espurgatoire seint Patriz.”

Goyette, Stefanie. “Modeling Subjecthood in MS Paris, BNF, fr. 2168: Marie de France’s Lay of YonecAucassin and Nicolette, and the Lay of Narcisus and Dané.”

Whalen, Logan. “Animals as Performers and Communicators in Marie de France’s Guigemar, Bisclavret, and Eliduc.


Caudill, Tamara Bentley. “Reviews of Two Companions to Marie de France.”


Blue, Walter. “The Lay of Acoustic.”

ICLS 2016 Call for Papers – Marie de France panel(s)

The International Marie de France Society aims to sponsor 1-2 panels at the
XVth Congress
Of the
International Courtly Literature Society
University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky USA
24-29 July 2016

Embracing Lexington’s status as the horse capital of the world, the theme of the Congress is Courtly Pastimes.

This event promises to be memorable! In addition to the many excellent panels, there will be concerts and performances, as well as planned excursions to horse farms, bourbon distilleries, and the Shaker Village at Pleasant Hill. The International Marie de France Society (IMFS) will also host a special invitation-only luncheon for our panelists.


The IMFS invites papers addressing courtly pastimes in a broad sense, both in the works of Marie de France and in the so-called anonymous lays. Panel titles will be announced once submissions have been accepted and grouped, but we can envision sessions such as “Leisure in the lays” or “Courtliness in ‘other works’ of Marie de France.”

Papers are welcome on topics such as, but not limited to, the following:

  • Hunting, falconry, jousting, and tournaments
  • Festivals, ceremonies, and celebrations
  • Games and sports
  • Dance, music, songs, and poetry
  • The Garden: Plants and Nature (real or symbolic, in treatises, in visual arts)
  • Animals (real, mythical, literary, heraldic, emblematic)
  • Domestic animals (horses, lap dogs, hunting dogs, household cats)
  • Exotic pets
  • Reading and writing
  • Sewing, embroidery, textile arts
  • Amorous dalliances
  • Courtly spaces: Decorous interiors, decorative objects, fabrics, and furnishings
  • Warriors dismounted: Knights at court (courtly conduct, speech, dress)

Submission & Guidelines

Abstracts of no more than 300 words should be sent to by November 25, 2015. This will allow time to compile and submit the documentation for the overall conference deadline of December 1.

You need not be an IMFS member to submit an abstract, but all accepted panelists will be expected to join the society before presenting. For more information, see

Participants will then be invited to submit their polished papers to Le Cygne, the peer-reviewed journal of the Society, editor: Glyn S. Burgess.

New Italian edition of Guingamor, Tydorel, and Tyolet

Edizioni dell’Orso announces an all-new Italian translation of the anonymous Breton lais Guingamor, Tydorel, and Tyolet. The volume includes a scholarly presentation of the lais as well as a Glossary and Bibliography.

Translation and presentation: Margherita Lecco (Università di Genova)
ISBN: 978-88-6274-612-0
Cost: € 16.00
Copyright: 2015

For more information, visit the Website (in Italian).


ICLS Call for Papers

The Fifteenth Triennial International Courtly Literature Society Congress has released its Call for Papers.

The Congress will be held 24-29 July 2016 at the University of Kentucky in Lexington, Kentucky.

The International Marie de France Society will be organizing 1-2 panels for the event, with details forthcoming.

Those wishing to submit directly to the Congress or those looking for more information, please see the Call for Papers or visit the Congress website. Abstracts are due December 1, 2015.

ICLS Call for Papers
ICLS Congress home page
ICLS main site

Kalamazoo Call for Papers 2016

The International Marie de France Society is pleased to announce three (3) panels for the International Congress on Medieval Studies at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 12-15, 2016.

  1. Performances of Marie de France: Equitan (A Performance)
  2. Graduate Student Perspectives on Marie de France (A Roundtable)
  3. Fables and Other Works of Marie de France (Papers)

Abstracts and inquiries can be sent to the session organizer:

Ann McCullough
Middle Tennessee State University
Department of Foreign Languages and Literatures
Box 79
1301 E. Main Street
Murfreesboro, TN 37132

amccullo AT

The entire “Sneak Peak” is available online.

Blast from the Past: The Bulletin of the IMFS is online

We are in the process of digitizing and loading copies of Le Cygne: The Bulletin of the International Marie de France Society. This publication lasted three years (1995-1997) before being reinvented as Le Cygne: The Journal of the International Marie de France Society.

They  will soon be available under the Archive tab.

Kalamazoo 2015 – Papers and Panels of Note

In advance of the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 13-17, 2015, here is a list of papers and panels of interest to IMFS members. Speakers with asterisks are also members of the Society.

For additions or corrections, please comment below.

IMFS Events

Session 351, Saturday 10:00 a.m., Fetzer 1060
Performances of Marie de France: Guigemar
Simonetta Cochis (Transylvania U), Yvonne LeBlanc (Independent Scholar), Tamara Bentley Caudill (Tulane U)

International Marie de France Business Meeting, Saturday 12:00 p.m., Fetzer 1060

Other papers of interest

  • Fallen Language and Animal Communication in Marie de France’s Bisclavret
    Alison Langdon (Western Kentucky U)
    Thursday, 3:30 – S132
  • Clueless in the Twelfth Century: Playing Marie de France’s Questionable Heroine in Chaitivel
    Simonetta Cochis, Transylvania Univ*
    Friday, 1:30 – S253
  • Defamation and De-Nosing in Marie de France’s Bisclavret
    Christine E. Kozikowski, College of the Bahamas
    Sunday, 8:30 – S515
  • Challenges in Translating Medieval French: The Case of Druerie in Marie de France’s Lais
    Philipp Jeserich, Freie Univ. Berlin
    Thursday, 3:30 – S101
  • Counterfeiting Monstrosity: Knowledge and Ignorance in the Lai of Graelent and the Fabliau La Sorisete des estopes
    Stefanie Goyette, Massachusetts Institute of Technology*
    Thursday, 10:00 – S12
  • Public Feeling in the Manteau mal Taillé and the Lai du Cor
    Michael A. Johnson, Central Washington Univ.
    Thursday, 7:30 – S151

A Note from the Editor of Le Cygne

Dear Members of the International Marie de France Society:

We are very pleased to be able to announce that the latest issue of our journal, Le Cygne, has been printed and is currently being distributed (along with notices of dues, where appropriate).

To avoid confusion and to create a new start for the journal, the new issue is numbered as Volume 1 (third series). It is our intention to make every effort to ensure that in future the journal appears with its former regularity.

The new editor of Le Cygne, Glyn Burgess, welcomes submissions on topics relating to the works of Marie de France or to the anonymous lays. They should be sent to him at or

Ed Ouellette (secretary-treasurer)
Glyn Burgess (editor of Le Cygne)
Tamara Caudill (editorial assistant)