Monday, June 25, 2012

Texts Transformed: Learning & Literature Plagiarizing the Past

This is a call for papers (for any unfamiliar with "CFP") for the
Congress on Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, Michigan, in May 2013.  The
proposed session is "Texts Transformed: Learning & Literature
Plagiarizing the Past."

Editions and studies of texts often note sources but tend to restrict
attention to identification rather than discussion of selection or
significance.  However, an author usually devotes some attention to
what sources to employ, which bits, and how to use them.  This happens
with both learned and popular texts, both of which we might consider
literary, though the latter more so.  For example, Bartholomaeus
Anglicus use various learned texts for his De proprietatibus rerum,
aimed at a more basic audience; his work, in turn, was mined by
sermon-writers and even poets, such as the anonymous author of the
Prick of Conscience.  Why did that author use Bartholomaeus?  Why the
passages chosen?  How did the Prick of Conscience revise those
passages and perhaps their intended significance?  These relationships
might reveal the changed environments that time produced and could
lead us to deeper understandings of how medieval authors worked and

Alliteration is not required.  Proposal deadline: Sept. 15.  Please
see details at

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