EBS at Kalamazoo 2023
Six sessions proposed by the Early Book Society have been accepted for the 58th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 11–13, 2023). Most sessions are expected to be held in person. All are open for proposals or will be shortly.
The call for papers will be posted on the Kalamazoo site next week at www.wmich.edu/medieval/ so please stay tuned. I will make a further announcement once all information is in.
The paper proposal deadline is September 15. Please upload your abstract to the Confex system at https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress.
The sessions are below:
In memoriam Derek Pearsall – Middle English Texts in Production
Scholars might mention the impact of Pearsall’s work on their own studies, select a specific text or commentary to dispute or engage with, or talk about his pervasive influence in the field of the history of the book in popularizing it, promoting it among students and colleagues, and publishing about it.
Coding and Codicology: New Practices in the Study of Manuscripts and Books
A reprise of last year’s session, scholars will explain the applications of various technologies in their work on MSS and early printed books. Discussion of collaborative projects is encouraged as is sharing information on useful repositories and other online resources.
Psalms in MS and Print
Scholars may address a specific psalm, psalms in Books of Hours, owners of psalm collections, illustrations, interpretations of or allusions to Psalms in reader annotations.
Teaching and Learning in Medieval MSS and/or Books
Speakers may trace the dissemination of one text or many either in MS or print or both. Larger questions for consideration might be – what was considered an educational text and what might students or readers learn from it?
Lost MSS and Books
Papers can trace influences of non-extant texts or illustrations, references to books in letters, wills, other documents, or discuss a lost exemplar.
Anonymous Makers: Scribes, Artists, Printers
Scholars are encouraged to discuss their first-hand observations of problematic issues of identification in a specific case or cases, perhaps with brief reference to previous scholarship, and to raise productive questions about current or older methodologies. OR they may wish to link a MS, illumination, woodcut, or printed book with a known scribe, artist or printer.
EBS at Kalamazoo 2022
Wednesday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. EDT [Session 165, not recorded] Manuscripts and/or Printed Books as Memorial Artifacts Presider: Jenny Adams, University of Massachusetts “Dhuoda’s Manuscript Memorial in the Liber manualis” -- Rosemarie McGerr, Indiana University, Bloomington “Books as Chapels: Commemorative Aspects of Fifteenth-Century London Common Profit Books” -- Judith Bleeker, Independent Scholar “The Memories of Books in Wills: Affordances and Affective Practice” -- Heather Blatt, Florida International University
Thursday, May 12, 9:00 a.m. EDT [Session 210, recorded] Coding and Codicology: New Practices in the Study of Manuscripts and Books Presider: James H. Morey, Emory University “Cataloging the Lost Bindings of Durham Priory Library with Radiog- raphy” -- J. D. Sargan, Durham University “Going Digital: Some Remarks on a Computer-Assisted Collation of Earl Rivers’s Dicts and Sayings of the Philosophers” -- Omar Khalaf, Università degli Studi di Padova “Quantifying the Page: Analyzing the Page Layout in Colard Mansion’s Boccaccio (1476)” -- Anna de Bruyn, Rijksuniversiteit Groningen “Discovery through Collaboration: Digitizing Manuscripts in the Midwest through the Peripheral Manuscripts Project” -- Sarah L. Noonan, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame
Thursday, May 12, 3:00 p.m. EDT [Session 243, recorded] Networks of Makers: Scribes, Artists, Printers, Binders Presider: David Lavinsky, Yeshiva University “The Virgule’s Role in Insular Book Production during the Eighth and Ninth Centuries” -- Rachel Lea Tharp, University of Oklahoma “Networking in Cambridge: 1420–1436” -- Ann Eljenholm Nichols, Winona State University “De Worde’s Dutch Connections” -- Martha W. Driver, Pace University “European Romances, English Printers, and Networks of Makers across Cultures” -- Lydia Zeldenrust, University of York
Friday, May 13, 9:00 a.m. EDT [Session 296, recorded] Family Reading: Manuscripts and Books down the Line Presider: S.C. Kaplan, University of California, Santa Barbara “The Librairie du Louvre’s Textual Community in Late Medieval France” -- Savannah Pine, University of Cambridge “Women Bibliophiles in Late Medieval Hungary” -- Christopher Mielke, Beverly Heritage Center “Elizabeth Sinclair, Jean Sinclair, and the Kingis Quair Manuscript” -- Rory G. Critten, University of Lausanne “Family Reading: A Book of Poetry to Celebrate the Marriage of King Henry VIII and Anne of Cleves” -- Valerie E. Schutte, Independent Scholar
Saturday, May 14, 11:00 a.m. EDT [Session 381, not recorded] Old Wine, New Skins: Manuscripts and Books Adapted, Emended, Repurposed Presider: Valerie E. Schutte, Independent Scholar “Old-Fashioned Modern: Two Hundred Years of Reading of the Lancelot- Grail” -- J. R. Mattison, University of British Columbia “From Poetry to Prose” -- Nancy P. Pope, Washington University, St. Louis “From the Printing Press to the Quill: The Reuse of von Gersdorff’s Feldtbuch der Wundarzney in Manuscript Medical Collections” -- Chiara Benati, Università degli Studi di Genova
Also of interest -- Thursday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. EDT [Session 276, recorded] Journal Publishing in Medieval Literary Studies: The State of the Field (A Panel Discussion) Sponsor: Journal of English and Germanic Philology (JEGP) Presider: Matthew Giancarlo A panel discussion with Martha W. Driver, Pace University/Journal of the Early Book Society; Julie Orlemanski, University of Chicago/ postmedieval; Eric Weiskott, Boston College/Yearbook of Langland Studies; Michelle Karnes, University of Notre Dame/Studies in the Age of Chaucer; Randy Schiff, University at Buffalo/Exemplaria; Matthew Fisher, University of California–Los Angeles/Viator
EBS at Kalamazoo 2021
Tuesday, May 11, 11:00 a.m. EDT, Session 112
Copying, Editing and Correction: How Accurate Is It?
Presider: Martha W. Driver, Pace University
“Remaking Old Texts New Again”
— Lori Jones, Carleton University, University of Ottawa
“Multiple Copies, One Source? 15c Redactions of John of Tynemouth’s Sanctilogium in Cotton, Tiberius E. I”
— Virginia Blanton, University of Missouri-Kansas City
“Transcription Today: A Case Study of Transcribing the Lylye of Medicynes”
— Erin Connelly University of Warwick
“Scribal Accuracy in the Reeve’s Tale”
— Thomas J Farrell, Stetson University
Wednesday, May 12, 11:00 a.m. EDT, Session 189
Bi- and Tri-Lingual Manuscripts and Early Printed Books
Presider: Sarah Noonan, Saint Mary’s College, Notre Dame
“English Women’s Bilingual Manuscripts: Latin and the Vernacular”
— Caitlin Branum Thrash, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
“Multi-lingual Apocalypses in Late Medieval England”
— Karen Gross, Lewis & Clark College
“Words for God: Latin and French in the 14th-century Books of Hours”
— Oleksandr Okhrimenko, Taras Shevchenko National University of Kyiv
“‘Bremschet Scripcit’- A Multilingual Female(?) Annotator of Stephen Scrope’s Letter of Othea”
— Sarah Wilma Watson, Haverford College
Wednesday, May 12, 1:00 p.m. EDT, Session 209 (live recorded)
‘What’s Past Is Prologue’: Transition of Literary Works from MS to Print
Presider: Valerie Schutte, Independent Scholar
“Printing the Past? Seeking ‘Authenticity’ in an Icelandic Proverb Collection”
— Christine Schott, Erskine College
“Translating the Past: Antonio de Nebrija Rewrites the Catholic Monarchs”
— Bretton Rodriguez, University of Nevada, Reno
“Tudor Loyalties in English Birth Girdles”
— Mary Morse, Rider University
Wednesday, May 12, 7:00 p.m. EDT, Session 237 (live recorded)
What Makes an English Book English?
Presider: Marlene V. Hennessy, Hunter College
“How English Is it?”
— Martha Driver, Pace University
“Decorating to Anglicize the Book”
— J. R. Mattison, University of Toronto
“Chaucer’s Works, English and Foreign”
— Hope Johnston, Baylor University
Thursday, May 13, 11:00 a.m. EDT, Session 269
Migrating Manuscripts and Peripatetic Texts
Presider: Marjorie Harrington, Medieval Institute Publications
“Travelling scholars and manuscripts: the influence of the Paris university book trade on English intellectual life and visual art”
— Alison Ray, Canterbury Cathedral Archives and Library
“Total Oblivion? Wycliffite Gospel Commentaries and their Textual Afterlives”
— David Lavinsky, Yeshiva College, Yeshiva University
“Short Migrations with Long Consequences: Loan Chests and Book Movement in Late Medieval Oxford”
— Jenny Adams, University of Massachusetts—Amherst
Friday, May 14, 1:00 p.m. EDT, Session 347
Visual and Verbal Portraits in Manuscripts and Printed Books
Presider: Jill C. Havens, Texas-Christian University
“Jean de Vignay at the Heart of the Early Valois Court: The Portrait of the Translator in the Jeu des échecs moralisé (Morgan G. 52)”
— Lisa Daugherty Iacobellis, Special Collections, The Ohio State University Libraries
“‘A Knyght ther was, and that a noble man’: The Knight’s portrait in Caxton’s illustrated edition of The Canterbury Tales 1483″
— Anamaria Ramona Gellert, Independent Scholar
“‘Marie our Maistresse’: A Verbal Portrait of Queen Mary I at her Accession”
— Valerie Schutte, Independent Scholar