CFP: Text and Context in Bodleian Laud Misc 108 (9/15/05; Kalamazoo, 5/4/06-5/7/06)

full name / name of organization: 
Kimberly Bell
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Abstracts are being accepted for a special session at the 41st
International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, Michigan:

"Text and Context in Bodleian Library MS Laud Misc 108"

Bodleian Library Laud Misc. 108 is a Middle English manuscript known for
its earliest surviving version of the South English Legendary as well as
for its inclusion of two early Middle English romances, the only complete
version of Havelok the Dane and the earliest copy of King Horn. The
manuscript also contains the only extant copy of the short political poem
"Somer Soneday" and some miscellaneous religious texts. Much important
work has been conducted on the texts contained within the manuscript since
it was re-discovered in the early nineteenth century, including critical
editions of the romances and saints' lives.

The full import of the manuscript context, though, has not yet been
addressed, and this is what our session proposes to explore. Paleographic
and codicological evidence indicates that the texts contained within the
manuscript were intentionally ordered; such a deliberate collation reveals
a blurring of generic boundaries. The collation of generically diverse
texts invites readers to establish intertextual relationships among the
romances, saints' lives, political poem, and religious texts. We invite
papers that provide a focused study of the manuscript context and its
intertextual dialectic in light of the possible readers of the Laud 108.

Please e-mail abstracts of no more than 250 words by September 15 to:

Dr. Kimberly Bell
Assistant Professor
Department of English and Foreign Languages
Box 2146
Sam Houston State University
Huntsville, TX 77341


Dr. Julie Nelson Couch
Assistant Professor
Department of English
MS 43091
Texas Tech University
Lubbock, TX 79410

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