Session Title

Secular Piers Plowman

Sponsoring Organization(s)

International Piers Plowman Society

Organizer Name

Jennifer Sisk, Rosemary O'Neill

Organizer Affiliation

Univ. of Vermont, Kenyon College

Presider Name

Jennifer Sisk

Paper Title 1

Langland’s "Marginalia": Obscene Comedy and Political Expression in Piers Plowman

Presenter 1 Name

Nicole Nolan Sidhu

Presenter 1 Affiliation

East Carolina Univ.

Paper Title 2

Piers Plowman and the Unintended Reformation

Presenter 2 Name

William M. Rhodes

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Univ. of Virginia

Paper Title 3

Langland as Reformist Agent of Secularism: An Account from Girard's Mimetic Theory

Presenter 3 Name

Curtis Gruenler

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Hope College

Paper Title 4

Secularization and Sovereignty in Mum and the Sothsegger

Presenter 4 Name

Spencer Strub

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of California-Berkeley

Start Date

17-5-2015 8:30 AM

Session Location

Fetzer 2016

Description

This session aims to consider the diversity of Piers Plowman’s lay audiences, medieval and modern. Papers address lay and popular approaches to the poem, the relations between the poem and textual traditions promoting specific lay reading practices, or what a text’s popularity says about literary value in the late medieval context. The panel features papers that bring theorizations of the secular to bear on the range of ways medieval audiences may have read Piers Plowman. How might we describe the secular reading practices of Langland’s contemporaries? How might those approaches to the poem have differed from, converged with, or been informed by devotional and other sacred reading practices? This session will be of interest to scholars of devotional literature, medieval reading, and secularity, as well as Piers Plowman.

Lawrence Warner

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May 17th, 8:30 AM

Secular Piers Plowman

Fetzer 2016

This session aims to consider the diversity of Piers Plowman’s lay audiences, medieval and modern. Papers address lay and popular approaches to the poem, the relations between the poem and textual traditions promoting specific lay reading practices, or what a text’s popularity says about literary value in the late medieval context. The panel features papers that bring theorizations of the secular to bear on the range of ways medieval audiences may have read Piers Plowman. How might we describe the secular reading practices of Langland’s contemporaries? How might those approaches to the poem have differed from, converged with, or been informed by devotional and other sacred reading practices? This session will be of interest to scholars of devotional literature, medieval reading, and secularity, as well as Piers Plowman.

Lawrence Warner