Old and Middle English Studies: Texts and Sources

3-5 September 2014

Institute of English Studies, Senate House, University of London

A joint international conference with Keio University, Tokyo

The study of Old and Middle English sources is critical for an understanding of medieval language and literature in the British Isles. This joint conference aims to open up and explore new ways for intellectual exchange and collaboration between scholars working in any aspect of medieval English, in London and Japan especially. The theme for the 2014 conference is ‘Texts and Sources’. Papers will be selected for their ability to link various branches of learning that touch upon Old and Middle English studies, including such topics as history, language, literature, philology, to name just a few. The conference will be accompanied by a special exhibit of manuscripts from medieval and early modern times curated with a view to illustrating the central theme of the proceedings.

This conference is generously supported by the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation, King’s College London, and University College London (FIGS).  This conference is jointly organized by Keio University Project for ‘the Digital Presentation Environment of Cultural Contents’ (MEXT-Supported Program for the Strategic Research Foundation at Private Universities, 2013-2017).


£75 Standard

£50 IES Friends/speakers/unwaged

£25 Students


Conference Programme

9:30-10:30 Welcome Registration

Formal Welcome:

Phillip MURPHY, Deputy - Dean of the School of Advanced Study


Opening lecture:

Toshiyuki TAKAMIYA: A History of Medieval English Studies at Keio: A Personal View

Chair: Jane ROBERTS


Plenary 1:

Eric G. STANLEY: The Dangers of Gambling in Old and Middle English Literature

Chair: Jane ROBERTS

12:30-13:30 Lunch

Papers Session 1

(OE Texts/Literature 1)

Haruko MOMMA: King Alfred and Purgatory: Vernacular Spirituality in Anglo-Saxon England

Yu ONUMA: Wonders of the East and Natural History

Simon THOMSON: Scribes, sources, and readers: Using a digital edition to develop understanding of the Nowell codex

(Chair: R. NORTH)

15:00-15:15 Tea & Coffee Break

Papers Session 2

(Linguistics 1)

Yasuyo MORIYA: The Line-Initial And in Middle English Alliterative Verse: Reflections of Speech Mode in Literary Poems

Sara PONS-SANZ: Identifying Norse-Derived Terms in Early English Texts: Approaches and Problems

Lawrence WARNER: The Psalmic Character of Langland's Line and Poetry

John SCAHILL: What If Anything Exists Beyond the Clause? Contemporary and Modern Treatments of Old English Prose

(Chair: S. IRVINE)


Plenary 2: 

Jane ROBERTS: Some early English vernacular writings in Lambeth Palace Library

Julia CRICK: Vernacular Scribes in Latin Manuscripts at Lambeth

(Chair: G. Mandelbrote)

19:30 Welcome Reception at Lambeth Palace Library
9:30-10:00 Registration (Continued)

Papers Session 3a 

(ME Texts/Literature 1)

Wanchen TAI: ‘þer-fore was Lybeauus wo’: A Momentary Disillusion in Lybeaus Desconus?

Suxue ZHANG: Rubricating the Knight: Malory's Reduction of the Tristan source reconsidered

Mami KANNO: Canonizing a Saintly Woman and her Texts in Late Medieval England: The Legend of Æthelthryth in the South English Legendaries

(Chair: S. SALIH)

Papers Session 3b

(Linguistics 2)

Ana Elvira OJANGUREN LÓPEZ: Variation vs. Alternation as Reflected in De temporibus anni

Javier MARTÍN ARISTA: Word-formation nominal doublets in Old English texts

Kousuke KAITA: On the semantic relation of the Middle English modals magan, mōtan, and mune: focus on the Northern dialect

(Chair: J. SCAHILL)

11:30-11:45 Tea & coffee

Plenary Session 3

Michiko OGURA: Christianisation of Anglo-Saxon Lexemes 

(Chair: E. G. STANLEY)

12:45-13:45 Lunch

Papers Session 4

(OE Texts/Literature 2)

Richard NORTH: Sources and analogues of Andreas

Miguel A. GOMES: Conquering the fear of death in Beowulf and Wið færstice

Victoria SYMONS: Textual Contexts of the Old English Rune Poem

Laura TORRADO MARIÑAS: Songs to Remember the Dearly Departed: The Old English elegies as a memorial practice

(Chair: H. MOMMA)

15:30-15:45 Tea & coffee

Round-table 1 

(Medieval language/literature: Variations)

Misato HORI: A Stylistic Comparison of the Indefinite Pronoun man, me and men in the Transitional Period

Erika Marie Louise D’SOUZA: The Pardoner’s Tale: The Hidden Agendas of Chaucer and the Pardoner

Javier CALLE-MARTIN: ‘Give hit him with great honour’: on the Double Object Construction in Late Middle English

Kjetil V.  THENGS: Genre differences in late Middle English text production

(Chair: J. ROBERTS and M. OGURA)

17:15-17:30 Tea & Coffee 

Plenary 5

Takami MATSUDA: The ‘Ravyshing’ of the Soul in The Friar’s Tale

(Chair: A. S. G. EDWARDS)

19:00  Wine Reception 
9:30-10:00 Registration (continued)

Papers Session 5

(ME Texts/Literature 3)

Naoë KUKITA YOSHIKAWA: Mechtild of Hackeborn and Catherine of Siena: Images of the Heart in Early Fifteenth-Century England

Mayumi TAGUCHI- Satoko TOKUNAGA: Caxton’s Golden Legend and the Bible Translation in Late Fifteenth-Century England

Mary WELLESLEY: ‘As myn auctor sayeth’: Authority and Source in the Manuscripts of Love’s Mirror of the Blessed Life of Christ and Lydgate’s Life of Our Lady

(Chair: T. MATSUDA)

11:30-11:45 Tea & coffee

Papers Session 6a

(ME Texts/Literature 4)

Philippa BRIGHT: The Middle English Versions of the Gesta Romanorum: a reassessment of their nature and function

Cate GUNN: 'þis worde of þe apostil longiþ to ȝow men & wymen of cristis Relygyon': The translation of Edmund of Abingdon's Mirror in BL MS Add 10053

Josephine A. KOSTER: In Search of a ‘Religious Sustir’:  Tracing the Author of the Medieval Prayers of Bodl. Ms. Holkham Misc. 41

Tadashi KOTAKE: A preliminary survey of the text of The Assumption of Our Lady in London, University of London, MS S.L., v. 17, ff. 112r–114v


Papers Session 6b

(Linguistics 3)

Laura ESTEBAN-SEGURA: Mapping the language of London, Wellcome Library, MS 411 (ff. 32r-37v)

Teresa MARQUÉS-AGUADO:  Morphosyntactic Clues for the Dialectal Ascription of Middle English texts: The Case of London, Wellcome Library, MS 404

Jesús ROMERO-BARRANCO: Assessing the provenance of Constantinus Africanus' Venerabilis Anatomia in London, MS Wellcome 290 (ff. 1r-41v)

(Chair: Graham CAIE)

13:15-14:00 Lunch

Papers Session 7

(ME Texts/Literature 5)

Anthony S. G. EDWARDS: What’s in a Name: Attribution and Authorial Identity in Middle English Verse

ThaeHo JO: The Porous Boundary between Identities: Christians and Saracens in Middle English Romances

Mari OGAWA: Multicultural Tension and Harmony in Floris and Blancheflour within the Context of BL MS Egerton 2862

Yoshinobu KUDO: The implication of the word “frankelein” and the narrative exemplarity of Chaucer’s Franklin’s Tale

(Chair: L. WARNER)

15:45-16:00 Tea and coffee

Round-table 2

(Medieval Language/Literature: Adaptations) 

Jorge Luis BUENO ALONSO: “A Word-Hoard of Our Times”: Translating Beowulf (and Sir Gawain And The Green Knight) into Galician Alliterative Verse

Anunciación CARRERA DE LA RED: James M Garnett's Translation of Beowulf: Context and Sources

Gabriela CAVALHEIRO: ‘Ouçam todos a minha canção’: The Middle English King Horn and its Brazilian translation

(Chair: Richard HAWTREE)

17:30 Farewell Tea

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