CFP: Chaucer and His Books: From Manuscript to Print (9/15/06; Kalamazoo, 5/11/07-5/14/07)

full name / name of organization: 
Patterson, Paul \(patterpj\)
contact email: 
patterpj@ucmail.uc.edu

Call for Paper Abstracts for International Congress on Medieval Studies
in Kalamazoo in May 2007; proposal deadline: September 15

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In the fifteenth century, Chaucer's authorial identity began to take
shape in a variety of ways. The symbolic capital associated with his
name led editors to take liberties when assigning works to the poet. In
the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, Chaucer's oeuvre remained fluid
and editors often placed apocryphal works alongside legitimate tales and
poems. A wide-range of works, from Lydgate's continuation of the themes
of the Canterbury Tales to the polemical Plowman's Tale, became
associated with Chaucer in the years following his death. Following the
introduction of the printing press to England, these additions to
Chaucer's canon often became fixed within the complex matrix of book
production and marketing that emerged from the maelstrom of early print
culture. This panel will examine how Chaucer developed as an author and
how his role as a literary figure shaped the way he was (and is)
received. We seek papers that draw on a number of disciplines including
the history of the book, textual studies, manuscript studies, and
literary history to explore the issues of book production and trade and
its role in the formation of Chaucer the author and his accepted body of
work.

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Please email or mail cover letter (or equivalent information) and
abstracts of no more than 300 words to either :

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Paul J. Patterson at patterpj_at_ucmail.uc.edu

Department of English

St. Joseph's College

155 West Roe Boulevard=20
Patchogue, NY 11772

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or

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Shannon Gayk at sgayk_at_indiana.edu

Department of English

Ballantine 442

Indiana University

Bloomington, IN 47405

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Abstracts must be received by September 15, 2006

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cfp categories: 
medieval