Conference Program

The conference will consist of concurrent panels, webinars, and a roundtable on March 20 and March 21, 2021, all conducted via Zoom. The concurrent panel sessions will consist of discussion and question-and-answer with speakers. The speakers have agreed to provide prerecorded versions of their talks; these will be made available to registered participants in a secure Google folder alongside short précis approximately one month before the conference weekend. Participants are asked to review in advance the videos and précis for the sessions that they would like to attend, so that we can enjoy lively, informed discussions on the weekend itself. Meanwhile, the plenary speakers and roundtable participants have agreed to deliver their remarks in real time. All times listed are in Eastern Daylight Time.

In order to view the prerecorded videos and to participate in the Zoom sessions on March 20 and March 21, you must register for the conference using the link above. Registered participants should check this page after February 19, 2021, to find links to the prerecorded videos and précis. Zoom invitations for every session will be sent to registered participants at the email addresses they provide in the days before the conference.

Saturday, March 20, 2021

9:45 – 11:00 a.m. – Session 1: Welcome and Plenary I

9:45 – Welcome – Nicholas Paul, Director of the Center for Medieval Studies, Fordham University

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Wolfgang Haubrichs, Universität des Saarlandes
Rustica Romana Lingua and Theotisca Lingua: Early Medieval Multilingualism and Contacts between Gallo-Romance and Germanic in the Regions of the Rivers Rhine, Moselle and Meuse
Chair: Elizabeth M. Tyler, University of York

WOLFGANG HAUBRICHS’S TALK WILL BE DELIVERED AS A ZOOM WEBINAR ON SATURDAY, MARCH 20.

11:10 – 11:50 a.m. – Session 2: Concurrent Sessions

2A: FRENCH LITERATURE, FRANCE, AND THE EMPIRE
Chair: Sarah Kay, New York University
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Introduction and Rationale
Sarah Kay, New York University
Participants are advised that Sarah Kay’s précis introduces the papers in this session and should be read first.

The Transmission of Medieval French Literature to German-Speaking Regions
Keith Busby, University of Wisconsin–Madison

The Presence of French in German Courtly Literature, ca. 1200
Mark Chinca, University of Cambridge

2B: GLOBAL MEDIEVAL FRENCH: LANGUAGES OF THE LOCAL AND THE UNIVERSAL
Chair: Renate Blumenfeld-Kosinski, University of Pittsburgh
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Romancing Allegory: Theories of Outremer French
Uri Shachar, Ben-Gurion University

A Barnacle Goose by Any Other Name: Language and Cultural Relativism in the Livre des merveilles du monde of Sir John Mandeville
Christine Bourgeois, University of Kansas

Zo Gaston, traïtour: Froissart and the Menace of Occitan
Andrew Taylor, University of Ottawa

2C: ANCIENT HISTORY IN MEDITERRANEAN CITIES AND COURTS
Chair: Susanna Barsella, Fordham University
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Ernoul-Bernard’s Chronique and the Eracles in Italy: Manuscripts, Translations and Adaptations
Massimiliano Gaggero, University of Milan

Dize en la estoria francesa’: The Circulation of Francophone Matter of Antiquity in Medieval Castile (c. 1200-1369)
Clara Pascual-Argente, Rhodes College

12:00 – 12:40 p.m. – Session 3: Concurrent Sessions

3A: HISTORY, ROMANCE, AND AUTHORSHIP
Panel Sponsored by the Centre for Medieval Literature, a Danish Centre of Excellence
Chair: Christopher Baswell, Barnard College and Columbia University
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**Some of the videos and materials in this session are forthcoming; please check back later or email medievals@fordham.edu for more information.

Writing Women into History: Gaimar’s Estoire des engleis and Romance
Elizabeth Tyler, University of York

The Rise of French Prose and the Forces of Anonymity
Lars Boje Mortensen, University of Southern Denmark

Fictitious Communities and Textual Transmission: The Case of Pseudonymity in Arthurian Prose Romances
Nicola Morato, University of Liège

3B: MEDIEVAL FRENCH OUT OF PLACE?
Chair: Ardis Butterfield, Yale University
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Sounding the Cult of St. Nicholas: The Meeting of French and Latin in Hagiographic Song
Mary Channen Caldwell, University of Pennsylvania 

Translating the Bisclavret: the Strengleikar and King Hákon Hákonarson’s Francophile Court
Sean Spillane, Fordham University 

French in the Crown of Aragon: Code-Switching in Guillem de Torroella’s La Faula
Ana Pairet, Rutgers University – New Brunswick  

3C: FRENCH AND THE MULTILINGUAL LITERARY CULTURE OF MEDIEVAL FLANDERS
Chair: Jane Gilbert, University College London
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The Multilingual Literary Culture of Medieval Flanders: An Introduction
Bart Besamusca, Utrecht University

French Manuscripts in Mono- and Multilingual Social Contexts in Thirteenth-Century Flanders
Lisa Demets, Utrecht University

In or Of? Towards a Literary History of French and Flanders in the Thirteenth Century
David Murray, Utrecht University

1:00 – 1:40 p.m. – Session 4: Concurrent Sessions

4A: BREAKING NEW INTELLECTUAL GROUND IN HOSPITALLER CYPRUS
Chair: George E. Demacopoulos, Fordham University
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De plusors et diverses choses: The Livre Saterian and the Francophone Cultures of Crusader Cyprus
Laura K. Morreale, Independent Scholar

Rhetorical invention in Outremer: Chantilly, Musée Condé 433
Julian Yolles, University of Southern Denmark


4B: FRENCH STORIES IN IRISH? THE CASE OF THE COLLOQUY OF THE ANCIENTS
Chair: Thomas O’Donnell, Fordham University
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**Some of the videos and materials in this session are forthcoming; please check back later or email medievals@fordham.edu for more information.

In Dialogue with Normans: The Norman Presence in Ireland and Cultural Change
Máire Ní Mhaonaigh, University of Cambridge
Participants are advised that Máire Ní Mhaonaigh’s paper introduces the other papers in this session and should be viewed first.

St. Patrick’s Purgatory & Acallam na Senórach
Anne Connon, Ohio Dominican University

Outsiders in Acallam na Senórach and the Positing of French Literary Influence on the Text
Geraldine Parsons, University of Glasgow

4C: MAKING AND CROSSING BORDERS
Chair: Felisa Baynes-Ross, Yale University
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Texts without Borders: Interpolation in Medieval Francophone Histories of England
Hannah Weaver, Columbia University 

Denis Piramus’s La Vie Seint Edmund: Translating Cultural Identities in the Anglo-Norman World
Gabriela Faundez-Rojas, University of Miami

Transnational Romance: The Romans antiques in the Later Middle Ages
Venetia Bridges, Durham University


Sunday, March 21, 2021

10:00 – 11:00 a.m. – Session 5: Plenary II

Teresa Shawcross, Princeton University 
From Liutprand of Cremona to Robert de Clari: Wonder and the Translation of Knowledge Before and After the Crusader Conquest of Constantinople 

Chair: Marisa Galvez, Stanford University

TERESA SHAWCROSS’S TALK WILL BE DELIVERED AS A ZOOM WEBINAR ON SUNDAY, MARCH 21.

11:10 – 11:50 a.m. – Session 6: Concurrent Sessions

6A: FRENCH IN THE WORLD OF MEDIEVAL HEBREW
Chair: Magda Teter, Fordham University
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**Some of the videos and materials in this session are forthcoming; please check back later or email medievals@fordham.edu for more information.

Our Language and the Others: Old French Glosses in Berechiah Ha-Nakdan’s Uncle and Nephew and Commentary on the Book of Job
Ruth Nisse, Wesleyan University

Mixed Metaphors, Mixed Forms: Across Medieval Hebrew and French Prosimetra
Isabelle Levy, Columbia University 

Stories without Borders: French-to-Hebrew Literary Translation in Late Medieval Europe
Caroline Gruenbaum, University of Florida

6B: CODICOLOGY IN CONTACT
Chair: Brigitte Bedos-Rezak, New York University
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French Literary Manuscripts in England, 1100-1500: A Quantitative Approach
Krista A. Murchison, Leiden University

Looking French: A Comparative Codicology of Manuscripts in Multilingual Flanders
Jenneka Janzen, Utrecht University

Vernacular Multilingualism: The Use of French in Medieval Dutch Literature
Jelmar Hugen, Utrecht University

12:00 – 12:40 p.m. – Session 7: Concurrent Sessions

7A: A VERNACULAR FOR LEARNING
Chair: Hal Momma, New York University
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Encyclopaedic French as a Multilingual Contact Zone
Luke Sunderland, Durham University

Through the Vernacular to the Truth: Jewish Apologetic and Dialogic Register in the French Livre of Moses ben Abraham (1244)
Maria Teresa Rachetta, King’s College London

Mes cest romanz a laie gent / Assez suffit plenerement: Computus Texts and the Languages of Knowledge in 13th-century England
Edward Mills, University of Exeter

7B: BORDERS IN EARLY MODERN FRENCH? FRANCE, FLANDERS, AND THE LOW COUNTRIES
Chair: Francesca Canadé Sautman, Hunter College and the Graduate Center, CUNY
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En translacion de langage francoiz‘ : French Targets in the Burgundian Translation Zone
Dirk Schoenaers, Leiden University

Francophone or Francophobe? Ambivalent Attitudes Towards French in the Sixteenth-Century Low Countries
Alisa van de Haar, Leiden University

How France Stole French from the Habsburgs: The Valois and Habsburg Dukes of Burgundy and the Elevation of the French Language, 14th-16th Centuries
Paul Cohen, University of Toronto

1:00 – 2:00 p.m. – Session 8: Concluding Roundtable
Chair: Thelma Fenster, Fordham University

Karla Mallette, University of Michigan
Anne-Hélène Miller, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Sara Poor, Princeton University
Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Fordham University 

THE ROUNDTABLE WILL BE CONDUCTED IN A ZOOM SESSION ON SUNDAY, MARCH 21.