Category Archives: Le Cygne

Le Cygne, 3rd Series, Vol. 6 (2019)

In the past year the 2019 issue of Le Cygne has appeared. It contains four articles on the works of Marie de France and two editions taken from MS S of the Lais. Karen Casebier writes about two episodes from the natural world that are found in Eliduc, the storm and the incident involving the weasels; taken together these episodes help to resolve the moral impasse of the lay. Amy Morgan examines the male space at King Arthur’s court and the links between Arthur and Henry II; dissatisfied with the court life of Henry II, Marie seeks an alternative female sphere through the departure of Lanval to Avalon. Susan Morrison looks at some recurring concepts in the Espurgatoire seint Patriz, including remembrance, revelation, satisfaction, and amendment (Marie amends a Latin work for the betterment of the reader). Carol Neel argues that scholars have neglected religious communities such as the one in which Le Fresne is brought up. To what extent does Le Fresne choose to leave the nurturing monastic community to live with Gurun? Or is she in fact offered to him to bolster the material welfare of the community?

The 2019 issue continues to provide editions of Marie’s lays as found in MS S (Paris, BnF, nouv. acq. fr. 1004). To Le Fresne and the Bisclavret fragment, printed in the 2017 issue, and Equitan in 2018, we now add two lays edited by Logan E. Whalen: the Deus Amanz fragment and Chievrefueil. It is our intention to print the lay of Milun in MS S in the 2020 issue of Le Cygne. The present issue concludes with a dissertation abstract (Amy Morgan) and details of an important new book on the narrative lays: Lais du Moyen Age: récits de Marie de France et d’autres auteurs (XIIe – XIIIe siècle), published in the Bibliothèque de la Pléiade series.

Submissions for the 2020 issue of Le Cygne, and any comments or queries, will be very welcome. Glyn Burgess. (email address:

Le Cygne to JSTOR

We are very pleased to announce that Le Cygne has been added to the new collection Lives of Literature, offered by JSTOR.

According to JSTOR,

Lives of Literature is a collection of academic journals devoted to the deep study of writers and texts associated with core literary movements. When complete, Lives of Literature will include approximately 120 journals that are all new to JSTOR.

This resource is a direct response to faculty requests for a deeper and wider set of journal content to enhance their teaching of writers and texts associated with key literary movements. The collection supports advanced literary studies and interdisciplinary research on writers and texts critical to curricula in literature, and broadens the range of authors and texts covered on JSTOR. And with its focus on journals that use an author or text as a starting place, Lives of Literature also fulfills a scholarly resource need for in-depth study and courses on a single author or text—a curricular component at many institutions.

In “Medieval Authors and Texts” series, Le Cygne joins other highly-specialized journals such as Lectura Dantis and Petrarchesca.

Le Cygne, Volume 5

We are pleased to announce the publication of Le Cygne, Volume 5.

It contains two articles, one by Katherine Pierpont, which examines the issue of disability and deformity in the works of Chrétien de Troyes and Marie de France (with special reference to Bisclavret and Yonec), and the other by Matthieu Boyd, who examines three Breton translators (Kermoal, Hemon, and ar Gow) who have translated Marie’s lays into Breton. This issue also included four of the six papers that were given at the Kalamazoo meeting in 2018 on the occasion of a Round Table entitled “Marie and Ovid” (Rupert Pickens, Dorothy Gilbert, Emanuel Mickel and Susan Hopkirk). One of the current aims of the journal is to publish editions of Marie lays as they are found in MS S (Paris, BnF, nouv. acq. fr. 1104). After Le Fresne and the Bisclavret fragment in last year’s issue, this year we print Leslie Brook’s edition of Equitan. The present issue is completed by Tamara Caudill’s review of The Lais of Marie de France: Text and Translation by Claire M. Waters (Broadview Press, 2018) and a dissertation abstract (Joseph R. Johnson, New York University).

Submissions for the 2019 issue, and any comments or queries, will be very welcome (email address:

Glyn S. Burgess.

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.”

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.

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)