Tag Archives: Piers Plowman

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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Lawmen and Plowmen

From my review of Stephen M. Yeager, From Lawmen to Plowmen: Anglo-Saxon Legal Tradition and the School of Langland (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2014): What did Old English literature contribute to the literary cultures of post-Conquest England? The question has … Continue reading

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“Piers Plowman” and the Books of Nature

Rebecca Davis’s new book “Piers Plowman” and the Books of Nature appeared last year from Oxford University Press. I have reviewed the book for The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, and reproduce the opening paragraph of my review here. Classroom discussion … Continue reading

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Reconstructing Alliterative Verse

Alliterative poetry is first recorded in English from the late seventh century, which makes it the oldest poetry in this language. Surviving poems include Cædmon’s Hymn, Beowulf, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, and Piers Plowman, several of the most admired works … Continue reading

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Juliet Barker’s 1381

Juliet Barker’s 1381: The Year of the Peasants’ Revolt (Belknap Press, 2014) came to my attention too late to engage in my article “Gower and the Peasants’ Revolt” (2015), but I have now reviewed the book for The Yearbook of Langland … Continue reading

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ENGL 534: Piers Plowman (F2014)

A study of Piers Plowman, a poem probably authored by William Langland in three versions between the 1360s and about 1390. We read the earliest and latest of these versions. Simultaneously, we make studies of the poem’s form and languages; … Continue reading

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Middle English Alliterative Poetry: ENGL 402

[a course description, updated for the F14 iteration. In the previous iteration we read part of Cleanness and The Siege of Jerusalem (combined with Patience to form a unit on the destruction of cities) in place of Pearl. The F14 course website … Continue reading

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Meter in Seattle

Another cfp, this one for the Sixth International Piers Plowman Conference, to be held 23-26 July 2015, in Seattle, WA: Metrical Form. Papers on the meter of Piers Plowman and other Middle English alliterative poems. Possible topics include metrical variation … Continue reading

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Langland’s words

Emily Steiner (Penn) and I are organizing a paper session titled “Langland’s Words” at Kalamazoo 2015. The session is sponsored by the International Piers Plowman Society. Details and a full list of sponsored sessions are posted on the society’s website. … Continue reading

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