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Editing scribal texts

Jim Knowles and I are organizing a session on “Editing scribal texts” at the next meeting of the International Piers Plowman Society, to be held 4-7 April 2019 in Miami, FL. Details and instructions will be posted soon at the … Continue reading

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The B Version Archetype

My essay-length review of John Burrow and Thorlac Turville-Petre, eds., The “Piers Plowman” Electronic Archive, Vol. 9: The B-Version Archetype will appear in the Yearbook of Langland Studies 32. Here is the abstract: The B-Version Archetype, published on-line by the Piers … Continue reading

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Dobest

Abstract: John Burrow has recently argued that a program of rubrics recorded in many manuscripts of Piers Plowman is organic to this poem in its B version. In this article I demonstrate that a manuscript rubric known to Burrow but … Continue reading

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Hoyt Duggan festschrift

I reviewed the festschrift for Hoyt Duggan in Yearbook of Langland Studies 27 (2013). The full citation for the book is Michael Calabrese and Stephen H. A. Shepherd, eds., Yee? Baw for Bokes: Essays on Medieval Manuscripts and Poetics in … Continue reading

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What’s the Object? The Siege of Jerusalem and the Notion of ‘Context’

[Prepared remarks for the roundtable “Rereading The Siege of Jerusalem” organized by Julie Orlemanski and Alex Mueller at the convention of the Northeast Modern Language Association held 22 March 2013 in Boston, MA.] The title I give to these remarks … Continue reading

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The Prick of Conscience: a new edition

An excerpt from my forthcoming review of Prik of Conscience, ed. by James H. Morey, TEAMS Middle English Text Series (Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2012). The full text of this review will appear in the Journal of English and Germanic Philology. … Continue reading

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scribal habitus and usus scribendi

Here I post the opening frame for a paper I read at the Fifth International Conference on Piers Plowman, held in Oxford, in May 2011. The paper was titled, “Scribal habitus and usus scribendi: or, observations on an alliterative formula.” … Continue reading

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Piers Plowman: ENGL 534 F12

course description: A study of Piers Plowman, the brilliant and expansive poem probably authored by William Langland in three versions between the 1360s and about 1390. We make a sequential reading of what is called the “C version.” Simultaneously, we … Continue reading

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