Materialities of Lydgate @ ICMS 2019

deadline for submissions: 
September 15, 2018
full name / name of organization: 
Lydgate Society
contact email: 

This is a session sponsored by the Lydgate Society at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (at Kalamazoo) 2019.

Materialities of Lydgate:Following up on the successful 2017 “Material Lydgate” session, this panel seeks to engage with Lydgate not in terms of the relationship between matter and text, but at an even more basic level of the materiality of Lydgate’s production and to question what it means to engage with his works through particular material mediums. This panel explores both the more usual material mediums, such as parchment and paper, and those less commonly encountered, to determine how the materiality of Lydgate’s works impact our understanding of them. While most of the surviving works by Lydgate we currently have were written on parchment or paper, there are a number of works known to us that were written on church walls, woven or painted on tapestries, or included as verses in stained glass. By examining these non-parchment or extracodical works on their own merits rather than as a reflection of codex witnesses, and by considering impact of more traditional material mediums, the panel hopes to reinterpret our understanding of Lydgate and his contemporaries’ engagement with 15th century culture.


Please send a brief proposal (300 words max) and a participant information form (the form is currently unavailable on the congress website - - but name, affiliation, email, and av requirements should suffice) to: by September 15th.