CFP: [Medieval] Kalamazoo 2009 Panel: New Approaches to the Pilgrimage Trilogy of Guillaume de Digulleville

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Stephanie A. V. G. Kamath
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The forthcoming publication of the //Encylopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage//
(Brill, 2008) and of the first collection of essays with a particular
focus on the three pilgrimage allegories of Guillaume de Digulleville [or
Deguileville] (Presses Universitaires de Rennes, 2008) makes the spring
of 2009 the ideal moment to bring together new explorations of
Digulleville’s visionary trilogy in its fullest context. These
fourteenth-century allegories, remarkable for their imitation of
the //Roman de la rose// along with more traditional Cistercian sources,
were incredibly popular during the late Middle Ages, surviving in more
than 80 manuscripts today, and the strong visual interest of the trilogy
appears in the complex illumination cycles these manuscripts display.

This panel welcomes paper proposals not only on the topic of
Digulleville’s allegory and its illumination and sources but also more
extended considerations of the impact this trilogy had on the medieval
and early modern world through its later dissemination in different
forms. The series of English translations from the trilogy, including
the efforts of Geoffrey Chaucer, Thomas Hoccleve, John Lydgate, and
William Caxton along with anonymous readers, could be a point of focus,
but ideally this panel will also attract papers outlining new approaches
to the later French prose and French dramatic adaptations of the
allegories or to the allegories’ multiple German, Middle Dutch, and Latin
translations, or even the early printed Castilian translation that
inspired Christopher Columbus's naming of new world islands.

To propose a twenty-minute paper, send an abstract of no more than 300
words and a completed Participant Information Form (see to Stephanie
Kamath ( no later than September 15, 2008.

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