“In aventure þer mervayles meven”: The Mystical Tradition in the Pearl-poet and Analogues @ ICMS 2020
International Pearl-Poet Society
Call for Papers — ICMS 2020
The International Pearl-Poet Society is sponsoring five sessions and one co-sponsored session with the Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM) at the 55th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 7–10, 2020) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI. One session is:
“In aventure þer mervayles meven”: The Mystical Tradition in the Pearl-poet and Analogues
In Pearl, struggles to comprehend and accept the ineffable, torn by his overwhelming grief and attachment to the material world. This tension recurs throughout the Pearl-poet’s works and has fascinated scholars from Nicholas Watson (1995) to Cecilia A. Hatt (2015) as they explore the poet’s relationship to, and understanding of, the Church. Renewed critical attention to movements like the medieval mystics calls for a reexamination of the poet’s other religious influences, so this session will explore the intersection of the mystical tradition and the works of the Pearl-poet and analogues.
We invite abstracts from scholars of all levels. Papers may deal with one or all poems by the Pearl- or Gawain-poet. Paper sessions will consist of either three 20-minute or four 15-minute presentations; all paper sessions will afford at least 30 minutes for discussion.
Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) and the completed Participant Information Form by 1 September 2019 to
Ashley E. Bartelt
Northern Illinois University
Dept. of English, Reavis Hall, Room 215
1425 W. Lincoln Hwy.
DeKalb, IL 60116
The other International Pearl-poet Society sessions for ICMS 2020 include:
- The Final Frontier: Embodied Space in the Works of the Pearl-poet
- Acceptance and Resistance: Emotional Tension in the Pearl-poet
- Form and Structure in MS Cotton Nero A.x. (A Roundtable)
- The Pearl-poet: Modern Connections, Adaptations, and Evolutions
- Ain’t Misbehaving: Medieval English Women Who Do Good Work by Nefarious Means (co-sponsored with MAM)
For more information, see their individual CFPs on the University of Pennsylvania CFP site.