(Re)sourcing the Fifteenth Century @ 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.

(Re)Sourcing the Fifteenth Century: Recent scholarship has come to appreciate literature of the fifteenth century, highlighting its innovation and imagination. Often, however, this means examining these works and authors separately from literary predecessors and descendants. This session builds upon the recognition of 15th century literature’s value, but also places it in its historical context; the panel reconsiders the innovation of fifteenth-century authors and the ways they did not merely reproduce their sources but reimagined them for their own time. The session also aims to highlight the way 15th century works themselves became sources for later authors, a topic which currently has not received ample scholarly investigation. For example, papers could consider how John Lydgate reimagines Giovanni Boccaccio’s De Casibus Viroum Illustrium in his work, The Fall of Princes, and/or how William Shakespeare utilized a later version of this work, The Mirror for Magistrates (1559). In this way, the panel seeks to re-source the 15th century as a period of both innovation and inspiration.  


Please send a brief proposal (300 words max) and a participant information form (the form is currently unavailable on the congress website - https://wmich.edu/medievalcongress/submissions - but name, affiliation, email, and av requirements should suffice) to: lydgatesociety@gmail.com by September 15th.