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Medieval Texts in MS and Early Print Settings
Kalamazoo, May 2003

Call for papers for the 38th International Congress on Medieval Studies,
at Kalamazoo, MI, 8-11 May 2003

"Medieval Texts in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century Manuscript and Early
Print Settings"

This special session, focused on later medieval texts in their early
codicological settings (both manuscript and early prints), will
investigate connections between texts and their material forms, taking
into account the critical implications of a text's variant readings, its
formatting, and the circumstances of its publication.  By opening the
session to a range of genres, we hope to encourage a critical analysis of
texts in ways that might blur generic lines, mirroring the fluidity of
genres in the late Middle Ages.  The session also directs attention to
vernacular literacy and the secular reading public as parts of a
distinctive cultural environment in the late Middle Ages, a literary
milieu both strengthened and transformed by the introduction of printing.
Given that the presentation of texts in late-medieval manuscripts and in
early printed editions can provide illuminating commentaries on each
other, papers in this session might also take into account 19th- and
20th-century scholarly representations of medieval texts.

Please submit 300-word abstracts by September 15 to

Professor Myra Seaman
Department of English
College of Charleston
66 George Street
Charleston, SC  29424, USA

Queries may also be directed to Bill Fahrenbach: