Form and Structure in MS Cotton Nero A.x. (A Roundtable) @ 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:
Form and Structure in the Cotton Nero A.x. Manuscript (Roundtable)
Beyond tightly structured narratives and precise poetics, Cotton Nero A.x. contains diverse material from 12 illustrations and marginalia to ornate initials. Recent scientific and technological advancements from pigment analyses to multispectral imaging have begun to reframe our understanding of these paleographic details. Building on analyses from scholars like Murray McGillivray and Christina Duffy (2017) and Piotr Spyra (2014), this session invites participants to reconsider the connection between the intricate paleographic and narrative forms of this dynamic manuscript.
We invite abstracts from scholars of all levels on one or all poems by the Pearl- or Gawain-poet. As lively conversation and collaboration are key goals, the paleographic roundtable can accommodate up to six participants presenting for seven or eight minutes, with approximately half the session reserved 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
- In aventure þer mervayles meven: The Mystical Tradition in the Pearl-poet and Analogues
- 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.