Panels and Papers of Note for Kalamazoo 2017

In advance of the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, Michigan, May 11-14, 2017, here is a list of papers and panels of interest to IMFS members. Speakers with asterisks are also members of the Society.

Session 372, Saturday 10:00 a.m., Schneider 1280 — Teaching Marie de France (A Roundtable): A roundtable discussion with Dorothy Gilbert (U. of California–Berkeley)*; Julie Human (U. of Kentucky); Ann McCullough (Middle Tennessee State U.)*; Tamara Bentley Caudill (Tulane U.)*; Robin Hermann (U. of Louisiana–Lafayette); Evelyn Birge Vitz (New York U.)*

Session 395, Saturday 1:30 p.m., Valley III Stinson Lounge —  Performances of Marie de France: Yonec: Simonetta Cochis (Transylvania U.)*; Yvonne LeBlanc (Independent Scholar); Walter A. Blue (Hamline U.)*; Dorothy Gilbert (U. of California– Berkeley)*

Session 447, Saturday 3:30 p.m., Valley III Stinson Lounge — The Versatile Marie de France: Misconceptions and Issues of Deception in Marie de France’s Lanval? – Anne Caillaud (Grand Valley State U.)*; The Birds and the Bees: Animals and Gender in Marie de France – Susan Hopkirk (U. of Toronto); Marie in English Verse: Challenges and Opportunities – Ron Cook (Independent Scholar)*

Saturday Noon, Fetzer 1030 —  International Marie de France Society Meeting: Business Meeting

Other Panels and Papers of Interest

Session 30, Thursday 10:00 a.m., Bernhard 158 — Ihesu Dulcis: Devotion to the Hold Name in Medieval Europe: Chivalry, Piety, and Devotion to the Name of Christ in Marie de France’s Saint Patrick’s Purgatory – Stephen G. Moore (U. of Regina)

Session 66, Thursday 1:30 p.m., Schneider 1280 — Gender and Species: Ecofeminist Intersections (A Roundtable): La Femme Bisclavret: Gender, Species, and Language – Alison Langdon (Western Kentucky U.)

Session 150, Thursday 7:30 p.m., Fetzer 1060 — Performance in and of Courtly Literature: A  chantar in Performance – Laura Zoll (Independent Scholar)*; The Performance of Awe in Courtly Romance – Evelyn Birge Vitz* (New York U.)*; Shifting Our Horizons of Expectation: Love Service in the Devotional Contrafacta of Jacques de Cambrai – Christopher Callahan (Illinois Wesleyan U.)*;  – “Þe forme to be fynisment foldez ful selden”: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Dynamics of Performance; Gerard Lavin (U. of New Mexico – U. of New Mexico Graduate Student Prize Winner)

Session 427, Saturday 1:30 p.m., Schneider 1335 — Shifting Shape and Changing Form I: The Translation of Transformation: Body Schema in the Anglo-Norman Bisclavret and Old Norse Bisclarets ljóð – Andrea Whitacre (Indiana U.–Bloomington)

Call for Papers: CFP for Kalamazoo 2017

The International Marie de France Society will sponsor three panels for the International Congress on Medieval Studies, to be held on the campus of Western Michigan University, May 11-14, 2017. Abstracts must be received by the session organizer, Tamara Bentley Caudill (, by September 15, 2016.

Note: You do not have to be a member of the society to submit a topic, but all presenters are expected to join for the 2017-2018 Academic Year. See Join IMFS for our dues schedule.

(1 – Papers) The Versatile Marie de France: This paper panel proposes to call attention to the variety and versatility of Marie de France’s works. Papers may address any of the known works by Marie de France (the Lais, the Fables, the Espurgatoire seint Patriz, and/or La vie Seinte Audree) or the anonymous lays. Comparative analyses that draw connections between works of medieval literature are welcome. Papers may draw on theories such as animal studies, gender and sexuality, translation theory, and so on.

(2 – Roundtable) Teaching Marie de France: This roundtable will bring together a group of scholars interested in teaching Marie de France in a multitude of classroom contexts. Topics may include — but are not limited to — teaching English majors and/or non-majors, teaching in translation, selecting texts, incorporating theory, other pedagogical techniques, and so on.

(3 – Performances) Performances of Marie de France: Yonec: Our crowd pleasing performance panel returns with a dramatic rendition of Yonec. Continuing the tradition, the panel will include dramatic readings in both English and the original language, new translations, and costumes. Hearing the lai as audiences in Marie’s time would have perhaps experienced it adds another dimension to our understanding and appreciation of her work, highlighting both its humor and its pathos.

Contact information

Submit abstracts of less than 300 words to the organizer:

Tamara Bentley Caudill
Assistant Professor of French
Division of Humanities
Jacksonville University
2800 University Boulevard North
Jacksonville, FL 32211

Announcing New Officers, 2016

The following were elected via e-mail following nomination at the annual meeting at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 10, 2014 in Kalamazoo, Michigan.

  • President—Tamara Bentley Caudill, Tulane University
  • Vice-President—Simonetta Cochis, Transylvania University
  • Secretary-Treasurer—Ed Ouellette, Air Force Officer and Staff College

Appointees and other leadership changes:

  • Ann McCullough (Middle Tennessee State) rotated into the office of Immediate Past President.
  • Leslie C. Brook (University of Birmingham) agreed to serve on the Advisory Board.
  • Angela Warner (University of Toronto) will occupy the long-vacant Graduate Student Representative position
  • Brittany Claytor (Purdue University) will take over the website
  • Arielle McKee (Purdue University) will coordinate social media efforts on Facebook and Twitter

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