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 tcaudill@tulane.edu 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 www.mariedefrance.org.

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 mtsu.edu

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 af02@liv.ac.uk or editor@mariedefrance.org.

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

Kalamazoo Call for Papers 2015

The ICMS Call for Papers has been issued.

As you may notice, the International Marie de France Society has a single panel for 2015: “Performances of Guigemar.” We regret that an administrative error on our part effectively eliminated two of our regular panels. We hope to return in full force for 2016.

If you are interested in presenting as part of “Performances of Guigemar,” contact the session organizer:

Tamara Bentley Caudill
Department of French & Italian
Tulane University
311 Newcomb | 1229 Broadway
New Orleans, LA 70118

Our new website

Thanks to the generosity of David Merchant (Louisiana Tech), the International Marie de France Society has received use of the domain name www.mariedefrance.org.

Mr. Merchant is in the process of moving his site devoted to Marie de France to the following address: http://marieoffrance.wordpress.com/

We will be diligently working on the site over the summer and welcome your comments and suggestions. Contact our webmaster, Tamara Caudill, at tcaudill@tulane.edu.