Session Title

Piers Plowman and Langland Studies: Where Are We Now? (A Roundtable)

Sponsoring Organization(s)

Piers Plowman Electronic Archive; Society for Early English and Norse Electronic Texts (SEENET)

Organizer Name

James Knowles

Organizer Affiliation

North Carolina State Univ.

Presider Name

James Knowles

Paper Title 1

Discussant

Presenter 1 Name

Michael Calabrese

Presenter 1 Affiliation

California State Univ.-Los Angeles

Paper Title 2

Discussant

Presenter 2 Name

Andrew Cole

Presenter 2 Affiliation

Princeton Univ.

Paper Title 3

Discussant

Presenter 3 Name

Ian Cornelius

Presenter 3 Affiliation

Loyola Univ. Chicago

Paper Title 4

Discussant

Presenter 4 Name

Thomas Goodmann

Presenter 4 Affiliation

Univ. of Miami

Paper Title 5

Discussant

Presenter 5 Name

Ellen Rentz

Presenter 5 Affiliation

Claremont McKenna College

Paper Title 6

Discussant

Presenter 6 Name

Elizabeth Robertson

Presenter 6 Affiliation

Univ. of Glasgow

Start Date

12-5-2017 10:00 AM

Session Location

Valley I Shilling Lounge

Description

Piers Plowman and Langland Studies: Where Are We Now?

Is the study of William Langland’s Piers Plowman undergoing a generational shift? The Yearbook of Langland Studies celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2017. Twenty years have passed since the 1997 publication of the final volume (the C version) in the Athlone edition of the poem. Meanwhile, the last few years have seen an efflorescence of scholarly attempts to synthesize past generations of Langland scholarship in order to introduce the poem to a new and younger audience. Volumes in this vein include Emily Steiner’s Reading Piers Plowman (2013); Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway’s Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman (2014); and Michael Calabrese’s An Introduction to Piers Plowman (2016). What has changed in Langland Studies in thirty years? What remains the same? What remains to be done? What remains to be undone? This roundtable will bring together scholars and editors of Piers Plowman and the alliterative tradition representing multiple generations (both junior and senior scholars) and multiple critical and theoretical approaches (from metrics to master narratives) to address these and related questions about the past and future of Piers Plowman studies.

Jim Knowles

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May 12th, 10:00 AM

Piers Plowman and Langland Studies: Where Are We Now? (A Roundtable)

Valley I Shilling Lounge

Piers Plowman and Langland Studies: Where Are We Now?

Is the study of William Langland’s Piers Plowman undergoing a generational shift? The Yearbook of Langland Studies celebrates its thirtieth anniversary in 2017. Twenty years have passed since the 1997 publication of the final volume (the C version) in the Athlone edition of the poem. Meanwhile, the last few years have seen an efflorescence of scholarly attempts to synthesize past generations of Langland scholarship in order to introduce the poem to a new and younger audience. Volumes in this vein include Emily Steiner’s Reading Piers Plowman (2013); Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway’s Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman (2014); and Michael Calabrese’s An Introduction to Piers Plowman (2016). What has changed in Langland Studies in thirty years? What remains the same? What remains to be done? What remains to be undone? This roundtable will bring together scholars and editors of Piers Plowman and the alliterative tradition representing multiple generations (both junior and senior scholars) and multiple critical and theoretical approaches (from metrics to master narratives) to address these and related questions about the past and future of Piers Plowman studies.

Jim Knowles