Wednesday, September 9, 2020

Call for Papers: Ovid in the Middle Ages

The Societas Ovidiana welcomes abstracts for three sessions of
20-minute papers to be held at the 56th International Congress on
Medieval Studies (Western Michigan University, 13-15 May 2021). Those
interested should submit their proposals through the ICMS Confex
system by September 15th, 2020

1) Ovid's Transformations in the Middle Ages
This session aims to attract papers that deal with the knowledge and
use of Ovid's Metamorphoses in medieval literature, thought, art, and
education.  While the influence of the Metamorphoses, especially in
the later Middle Ages, is widely acknowledged, the research done on
its reception is often siloed on the basis of discipline and language.
This session intends to help remedy the situation by soliciting papers
from classicists, Neo-Latinists, art historians, and scholars of the
various vernacular literary traditions alike in order, through a
diversity of perspectives, to come to a better overall understanding
of the presence of the Metamorphoses in the Middle Ages.

2) Medieval Commentaries on Ovid
Commentaries on classical authors constitute a relatively neglected
source for medieval literary culture owing to their protean nature and
the special difficulties often involved in consulting and working with
them.  Recent work has, however, increasingly recognized the role that
such commentaries played in the common intellectual armature of the
Middle Ages.  This session will seek to explore both the Latin
commentaries on Ovid themselves and the ways in which those
commentaries mediated medieval readers' understanding of classical
literature and so influenced medieval Latin and vernacular literary

3) Ovid and his Heirs at Court (co-sponsored with the International
Courtly Literature Society, North American Branch)
This proposed session, which is co-sponsored by the International
Courtly Literature Society and the Societas Ovidiana, will examine the
way the Ovidian amatory discourse of the Amores, Ars Amatoria,
Heroides, and Metamorphoses, as well as poems by imitators of Ovid,
influence courtly literature. Besides the influence of Ovid on courtly
poetry, session papers could also consider the way that moralizing
Ovid commentaries and poems, such as Pierre Bersuire’s Ovidius
moralizatus and the anonymous Ovide moralisé, relate to courtly
literature. This session will build on the dialogue begun in the “What
is Courtly Love?” session sponsored by the ICLS-NAB at the 2018
Medieval Congress, which, among other themes, discussed Ovid’s
influence on the ideas of Andreas Capellanus and other medieval
writers on love.

Nota bene for the panel on “Ovid and his Heirs at Court”: Those who
are not currently members of the International Courtly Literature
Society are welcome to submit to sessions sponsored by the ICLS, but
are expected to become members upon acceptance.

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