Session Title

Langland's Library

Sponsoring Organization(s)

International Piers Plowman Society

Organizer Name

Michael Johnston, Ellen K. Rentz

Organizer Affiliation

Purdue Univ., Claremont McKenna College

Presider Name

Ellen K. Rentz

Paper Title 1

Quasi Scintilla: Reading Langland Florilegially

Presenter 1 Name

M. Leigh Harrison

Presenter 1 Affiliation

Independent Scholar

Paper Title 2

Vernacular "Histories" in a Latin Anthology: Reading Piers Plowman and the Book of Sir John Mandeville in Cambridge University Library MS Dd.1.17

Presenter 2 Name

Karrie Fuller

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Notre Dame

Paper Title 3

Wrestling with Angels: William Langland Reads Robert Grosseteste

Presenter 3 Name

Nicholas Watson

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Harvard Univ.

Start Date

16-5-2015 3:30 PM

Session Location

Valley III Stinson Lounge

Description

This session's papers engage with the intellectual, literary, and codicological contexts of Piers Plowman, including Langland’s sources, models, and pre-texts. The sorts of questions to be addressed include: What was Langland reading when he wrote the poem? How does Langland engage with the material forms of the manuscript? In what ways might Piers Plowman itself function as a kind of book depository? What else were Langland’s readers reading when they picked up a copy of Piers Plowman? How do codicological contexts enrich or challenge our understandings ofPiers Plowman?

Lawrence Warner

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May 16th, 3:30 PM

Langland's Library

Valley III Stinson Lounge

This session's papers engage with the intellectual, literary, and codicological contexts of Piers Plowman, including Langland’s sources, models, and pre-texts. The sorts of questions to be addressed include: What was Langland reading when he wrote the poem? How does Langland engage with the material forms of the manuscript? In what ways might Piers Plowman itself function as a kind of book depository? What else were Langland’s readers reading when they picked up a copy of Piers Plowman? How do codicological contexts enrich or challenge our understandings ofPiers Plowman?

Lawrence Warner