Session Title

Langland, Language, and Theology

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Special Session

Organizer Name

Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger, Curtis Gruenler

Organizer Affiliation

Indiana Univ.-Bloomington, Hope College

Presider Name

Curtis Gruenler

Paper Title 1

Salience and the Eddying Back of Sense

Presenter 1 Name

Cristina Maria Cervone

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Univ. of Memphis

Paper Title 2

The Miracles of Jesus in Piers Plowman

Presenter 2 Name

Rosanne Gasse

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Brandon Univ.

Paper Title 3

On the Apophatic in Piers Plowman

Presenter 3 Name

Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger

Paper Title 4

Langlandian Drama

Presenter 4 Name

Ryan McDermott

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Pittsburgh

Start Date

10-5-2013 10:00 AM

Session Location

Schneider 2355

Description

Scholars of the Middle English author William Langland have paid much attention to the poet's use of language in Piers Plowman, focusing on how the poem's linguistic difficulties and allegorical figurations contribute to its project of social and religious renovation. Another vein of Langland scholarship has focused on the religious and theological import of the poem, situating its sharp criticisms in religious developments in England and on the continent and attempting to outline the theological visions towards which the poem gestures. Our panel seeks to bring these two strands of criticism together by examining the ways in which the poem's language might in fact be the best place to locate its theological priorities. How the poem communicates is in fact at the heart of Landland's religious agenda. We invite papers that examine any aspect of how the poem's poetic difficulties contribute to its theology. In its investigation of the relationship between form and content, this panel will also encourage medievalists to engage in the broader conversation going on in literary studies which is often called ‘New Formalism.

Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger and Curtis Gruenler

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May 10th, 10:00 AM

Langland, Language, and Theology

Schneider 2355

Scholars of the Middle English author William Langland have paid much attention to the poet's use of language in Piers Plowman, focusing on how the poem's linguistic difficulties and allegorical figurations contribute to its project of social and religious renovation. Another vein of Langland scholarship has focused on the religious and theological import of the poem, situating its sharp criticisms in religious developments in England and on the continent and attempting to outline the theological visions towards which the poem gestures. Our panel seeks to bring these two strands of criticism together by examining the ways in which the poem's language might in fact be the best place to locate its theological priorities. How the poem communicates is in fact at the heart of Landland's religious agenda. We invite papers that examine any aspect of how the poem's poetic difficulties contribute to its theology. In its investigation of the relationship between form and content, this panel will also encourage medievalists to engage in the broader conversation going on in literary studies which is often called ‘New Formalism.

Kerilyn Harkaway-Krieger and Curtis Gruenler