Medieval Institute University of Notre Dame

New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices:

A Conference in Honour of Derek Pearsall's Eightieth Birthday


Sponsored by the Medieval Institute, University of Notre Dame, at the Notre Dame London Centre, through the generosity of Robert M. Conway



Thursday, Oct. 20, 2011


12:00 - 1:00 Registration


1:00 - 2:30

Old English and Middle English Poetry (1977): Celebrating Pearsallian Reading Practices

            ‘Ac the way is ful wikked, but ho-so hadde a gyde’ (C.VII.307)

            Chair: Chris Cannon, New York University

Tony Spearing, University of Virginia, ‘Narrative and Freedom in Troilus and Criseyde

Oliver Pickering, University of Leeds,How good is the Outspoken South English Legendary poet?’

Pamela King, University of Bristol, ‘The Literariness of Early Drama Manuscripts’

Maura Giles Watson, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, ‘“Me fieri fecit”: Printing, Poetry, and Performance of Authorial Collaboration in Gentylnes and Nobylyte


2:30 - 3:00

Tea and Coffee


3:00 - 4:45

The Making of a Field: York's 1981 Manuscripts and Readers in 15th Century England: the Literary Implications of Manuscripts Study

            Chair: Derek Pearsall, Harvard University and University of York

Julia Boffey, Queen Mary, University of London, 'Manuscript context: where are we now?'

Carol Meale, University of Bristol, 'Merchants, manuscripts and the booktrade'

John Thompson, Queens University, Belfast, 'Textual afterlives and their implications for late medieval manuscript study'

Kate Harris, Longleat House, ‘The 1577 Longleat Booklist: an interrogation’

Tony Edwards, De Montfort University, 'Lydgate Manuscripts: Thirty Years On'


4:45 - 5:15

Tea and Coffee


5:15 - 6:45

England and International: A Tribute to the Work of Elizabeth Salter and Derek Pearsall at York

            Chair: Rosalind Field, University of London

Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Fordham University, ‘The tongues of the nightingale: reading with the heart at English courts’

William Marx, University of Wales, Lampeter, ‘Reading and Writing in the Margins: Reader Response to the Meditations on the Life of Christ

David Benson, University of Connecticut, ‘The English Wonders of Rome: Insular Manuscripts of the Mirabilia Urbis Romae

            David Wallace, University of Pennsylvania- Respondent



Buffet Reception in Honour of Derek Pearsall, generously sponsored by the British Academy

            Welcome: Remie Constable, Director of the Medieval Institute, Notre Dame, and Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, University of Notre Dame


Friday, Oct. 21


9:00 - 10:30

Chaucerian Reading Practices Medieval and Modern: The Canterbury Tales (1985), The Nun's Priest's Tale (1984) and The Life of Geoffrey Chaucer: A Critical Biography (1992)

            Chair: C. David Benson, University of Connecticut

Vincent Gillespie, Oxford University, 'Chaucer as Anti-Laureate'

Liz Scala, University of Texas, ‘Quoting Chaucer: Textual Authority, the Nun's Priest, and the Making of the Canterbury Tales

Beth Robertson, University of Glasgow, ‘The Soul of the Poem: Rhyme Royal and Gender in Chaucer's Religious Tales’

Robert Meyer-Lee, Indiana University, South Bend, ‘Fragments? What Fragments?’

            Paul Strohm, Columbia University - Respondent  


10:30 - 11:00

Coffee and Tea


11:00 - 12:30

New Directions in Manuscript Studies: the Harvard 1998 Conference Revisited and Beyond

Chair: Tony Edwards, De Montfort University

Linne Mooney, University of York, ‘Professional Scribes?  How our ideas have changed since the Harvard 1998 Conference on New Directions in Manuscript Studies’

Ardis Butterfield, University College, London, 'Medieval graffiti: public surfaces for vernacular lyric verse in England'

Siân Echard, University of British Columbia - ‘Pictures of (and in) books; or, what are facsimiles for?’

Derek Pearsall Harvard University/ University of York and Ian Doyle, Durham University - Respondents


12:30 – 3:00

Long Lunch Break for optional visits to our neighbour, The National Gallery and its Cafes (we recommend The National Dining Room in the Sainsbury Wing, which also houses the Medieval collection, or for a quicker lunch, The National Cafe at the opposite end of building)


3:00 - 4:30

Newer Directions in Manuscript Studies Roundtable I

"Here Come the Irish": International, Regional and Scribal Identities

            Chair: Katherine Zieman, University of Notre Dame

Hilary Fox, University of Notre Dame, ‘Anglo-Irish Reception of the Secreta Secretorum and Parker Library MS 405’

Theresa O'Byrne, University of Notre Dame/Queen’s University, Belfast, ‘Reading Rolle in Dublin: The Scribe of e. Museo 232 and Longleat 29’

Andrew Klein, University of Notre Dame, 'Reading Regional Tastes in the Harley 2253 MS’s King Horn'

Hannah Zdansky, University of Notre Dame, ‘'And fer ouer þe French flod': A Look at Cotton Nero A.x. from an International Perspective’

Melinda Nielsen, University of Notre Dame, ‘The Making of an Acrostic: the Composition and Artistry of Usk’s Testament of Love'



4:30- 5:00

Tea and Coffee


5:00 - 6:30

Newer Directions in Manuscript Studies Roundtable II

Women and Children First in Medieval Book Production

            Chair: Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Fordham University

Sarah McNamer, Georgetown University, 'The Author of the Meditations on the Life of Christ

Sue Powell, University of Salford, ‘The Role of Abbesses in Late Medieval Book Production: Elizabeth Gibbs and Agnes Jordan of Syon and Elizabeth Throckmorton of Denny’

Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis, University of Notre Dame, ‘Handling The Book of Margery Kempe: The Corrective Touches of the Red Ink Annotator’

Linda Olson, University of Victoria, ‘To Make 'Jolite' of Wisdom and 'Harlotrie' of Mankind: Learning to Play in the Macro Manuscript’

Nicole Eddy, University of Notre Dame, ‘The Romance of History: Lambeth Palace MS 491 and its Young Readers’



Buffet Reception in Honour of Robert M. Conway, Donor to Medieval Institute, Notre Dame

            Greg Kucich, Director of the Notre Dame London Facility

            Tribute to Robert M. Conway by Lesley Smith, Oxford University


Saturday, Oct. 22


9 - 10:30

Multi-Dimensional Reading Practices: Marginalia and Manuscript Context

            Chair: Phillipa Hardman, University of Reading

Ian Doyle, Durham University, ‘New Directions in Medieval Manuscript Studies and Reading Practices: A Bristol Scribe and his Marginalia’

Karrie Fuller, University of Notre Dame, ‘Adrian Fortescue's Langlandian Communitas in the Annotations of Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Digby 145’

Sarah Baechle, University of Notre Dame, ‘Chaucer, the Continent, and the Characteristics of Commentary’

Edward Wheatley, Loyola University Chicago, ‘An Unpublished Dialogue between the Seven Virtues and Seven Deadly Sins from the Margins of a Harley Miscellany’


10:30 - 11:00

Coffee and Tea


11 - 12:30

From Chaucer to Spenser and Beyond

            Chair: Richard Beadle, University of Cambridge

Andy Kelly, UCLA, ‘Cardinal Gasquet Was Right About the Wycliffite Bible: Not Wycliffite, and Not Prohibited’

Peter Brown, University of Kent, 'Hoccleve's Male Regle in Canterbury Cathedral Archives'

Steve Partridge, University of British Columbia, ‘The Legacy of John Shirley: Revisiting Houghton MS Eng 530’

Kathryn Veeman, University of Toronto, ‘Shirley's Headnotes and London Audiences’



12:30 - 2:00

Lunch (provided)


2:00 - 3:30

An Edition of the C-text or What a Poet is ‘Entitled to be Remembered By’: the Langlandian Legacy of Derek Pearsall

            Chair: Derek Pearsall

Jill Mann, University of Notre Dame and University of Cambridge, 'Was the C-Reviser's B Manuscript Really So Corrupt?'

Iain Higgins, ‘Manuscripts, Mouvance, and Multitexts, or What to Make of The Book of John Mandeville and Piers Plowman’

Chris Cannon, New York University, ‘Langland's Revision as Rereading’

            Nicolette Zeeman, King's College, Cambridge: Respondent



Wine and Cheese, generously sponsored by King's College, London 

Ronald Waldron, “The same young Derek: reminiscences of those early years at King’s College in the Strand.”

Farewells and Retrospectives: Derek Pearsall