Festschriften, Occasional Papers, and Lectures

Medieval Institute Publications at Western Michigan University publishes occasional volumes in honor of significant scholars in fields where Medieval Institute Publications has a longstanding interest: vernacular languages, literatures and cultures; social history and prosopography; popular beliefs and their expression. This series also includes texts of significant public lectures or lecture series in the same fields.

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Proposals or completed projects to be considered for publication by Medieval Institute Publications should be sent to Simon Forde, director and acquisitions editor for this series.

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Early English Poetic Culture and Metre: The Influence of G. R. Russom

Edited by M. J. Toswell and Lindy Brady

This volume develops G. R. Russom’s contributions to early English metre and style, including his fundamental reworkings and rethinkings of accepted and oft-repeated mantras, including his word-foot theory, concern for the late medieval context for alliterative metre, and the linguistics of punctuation and translation as applied to Old English texts.

ISBN 978-1-58044-242-8 (clothbound) © 2016 Buy this book

Telling Tales and Crafting Books: Essays in Honor of Thomas H. Ohlgren

Edited by Alexander L. Kaufman, Shaun F. D. Hughes, and Dorsey Armstrong

This volume of essays focuses on the tale and its ability to create "mirth," what modern audiences would often define as "happiness" or "joy," and the significance of  the transference of this mirth to audiences.

ISBN 978-1-58044-219-0 (clothbound) © 2016 Buy this book

Discovery and Distinction in the Early Middle Ages: Studies in Honor of John J. Contreni

Edited by Cullen J. Chandler and Steven A. Stofferahn

Celebrating the career of one of the most prodigious modern scholars of the early Middle Ages, this collection of essays showcases the vibrancy of early medieval European history, highlighting new perspectives on the Carolingian renaissance in art, court culture, education, politics, religion, travel and Jewish-Christian relations.

ISBN 978-1-58044-170-4 (clothbound) © 2013 Buy This Book

Magistra Doctissima: Essays in Honor of Bonnie Wheeler

Edited by Dorsey Armstrong, Ann W. Astell and Howell Chickering

The editors of this volume use its title to honor Bonnie Wheeler for her many scholarly achievements and to celebrate her wide-ranging contributions to medieval studies in the United States.

ISBN 978-1-58044-177-3 (clothbound) © 2013 Buy this book

Comparative Perspectives on History and Historians: Essays in Memory of Bryce Lyon (1920-2007)

Edited by David Nicholas, Bernard S. Bachrach and James M. Murray

This volume features a section of appreciations of Bryce Lyon from the three editors, R. C. Van Caenegem and Walter Prevenier, followed by three sections on the major areas on which Lyon's research concentrated: the legacy of Henri Pirenne, constitutional and legal history of England and the Continent and the economic history of the Low Countries.

ISBN 978-1-58044-168-1 (clothbound) © 2012 Buy this book

Music, Dance, and Society: Medieval and Renaissance Studies in Memory of Ingrid G. Brainard

Edited by Ann Buckley and Cynthia J. Cyrus

Performative dance and dance history, social history and musicological issues are all explored, touching on topics from the later Renaissance back through the Carolingian Empire.

ISBN 978-1-58044-166-7 (clothbound) © 2011 Buy this book

The Hero Recovered: Essays on Medieval Heroism in Honor of George Clark

Edited by Robin Waugh and James Weldon

This volume brings together studies concerning heroes and heroisms in Old English, Old Icelandic, Middle English and modern literature as a tribute to the scholarship and teaching of George Clark. The thirteen essays in this collection appear in print here for the first time.

ISBN 978-1-58044-154-4 (clothbound) © 2010 Buy this book

The Morton W. Bloomfield Lectures, 1989–2005

Edited by Daniel Donoghue, James Simpson and Nicholas Watson

The idea for the Bloomfield Lectures was[to] reflect to some extent Morton Bloomfield's wide and varied interests—in literature, in the history of philosophy, in language studies, in Judaic studies.

ISBN 978-1-58044-146-9 (clothbound) © 2010 Buy this book

ISBN 978-1-58044-147-6 (paperback) © 2010 out of print

Poetry, Place, and Gender: Studies in Medieval Culture in Honor of Helen Damico

Edited by Catherine E. Karkov

The essays in this collection honor Helen Damico's extensive interests in Old Norse and later medieval literatures as well as her primary focus on Anglo-Saxon studies, embracing Old English poetry, archaeology, art history, paleography, liturgy, landscape and gender. Each of the essays contributes new interpretations, new evidence, even new technologies to further the study of some key medieval works.

ISBN 978-1-58044-127-8 (clothbound) © 2009 Buy this book

Global Perspectives on Medieval English Literature, Language and Culture

Edited by Noel Harold Kaylor, Jr. and Richard Scott Nokes

The twelve essays in this volume proceed from a modern fantasy-epic back in time to oral epics that have been transmitted through the technology of manuscripts, and central in the collection are two articles that address Chaucer's Middle English courtly epic, "Troilus and Criseyde." Each, in its own way, presents a global perspective on its subject, whether by comparing texts, by considering textual transmission through translation or by contrasting medieval issues with developing global movements.

ISBN 978-1-58044-120-9 (clothbound) © 2007 Buy this book

Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture: The Apocrypha

Edited by Frederick M. Biggs

This little volume brings up to date the entries on apocrypha first published in "Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture: A Trial Version." …[The entries] address almost eighty separate apocryphal texts and are supported by a bibliography of over 480 titles.

Instrumenta Anglistica Mediaevalia 1 (pp. xx + 118), ISBN 978-1-58044-119-3 (paperback) © 2007 Buy this book

Proceedings of the Pseudo Society

Edited by Richard R. Ring and Richard Kay

Of all the learned societies in North America, the Pseudo Society is probably the most disreputable and beloved. Long overdue, the present volume collects 23 astonishing break-throughs from the society's early years (1986–93), plus four more from its predecessor, the American Committee for Jutish Studies (1976) and an appendix listing all the papers presented to date.

First Series, 1986–93 (pp. xii + 211) ISBN 1-58044-048-7 (paperback) © 2003 Buy this book

Sources of Anglo-Saxon Literary Culture Volume 1: Abbo of Fleury, Abbo of Saint-Germain-des-Prés, and Acta Sanctorum

Edited by Frederick M. Biggs, Thomas D. Hill, Paul E. Szarmach and E. Gordon Whatley

This massive volume is the first in a projected series of publications examining the sources of Anglo-Saxon literary culture…[It is] a major achievement for the scholars involved to produce a framework for a systematic overview of the Latin texts transcribed and transmitted in the Anglo-Saxon period.

SASLC 1 (pp. xlvi + 548), ISBN 1-58044-072-X (clothbound) © 2001 Buy this book

ISBN 1-58044-073-8 (paperback) © 2001 Buy this book

Trial by Fire: Burning Jewish Books

Susan Einbinder

Young poet Meir ben Baruch of Rothenburg "captured the tone of mourning and bereavement following the events of 1242…The polemical and satirical restlessness of DaPiera's poems, the exquisite lyrical imagery of HaLevi's Zionide lament, the longing devotion to the Beloved of vernacular songs, all fuse in a remarkable tribute to Jewish study and students."

Lectures on Medieval Judaism at Trinity University: Occasional Papers III, ISBN 1-58044-071-1 (paperback) © 2000 Buy this book

Jewish Suffering: The Interplay of Medieval Christian and Jewish Perspectives

Robert Chazan

Jewish authors, such as Nahmanides and Rabbi Mordechai ben Joseph of Avignon, asserted that Christian claims of divine favor were erroneous, and that God's promise of redemption for Jews was still valid. These methods to resist Christian assertions of superiority and affirm the grandeur of Jewish experience were essential for the community of Jewish life in the Middle Ages.

Lectures on Medieval Judaism at Trinity University: Occasional Papers II, ISBN 1-58044-002-9 (paperback) © 1998 Buy this book

Emblem, Iconography, and Drama

Edited by Clifford Davidson, Luis R. Gámez and John H. Stroupe

Eight iconographic studies by American, Australian and British scholars focusing on Shakespeare and his contemporaries and the interconnectedness of their art with the visual language of their time.

ISBN 1-879288-57-5 (paperback) © 1995 Buy this book

English Translations of the Scandinavian Medieval Ballads: An Analytical Guide and Bibliography

Larry E. Syndergaard

The English-speaking world has made these ballads a major Scandinavian literature in translation, in part finding there its own "primitive" past. Here translations are also seen as cross-cultural dialogue and placed within the empirical discipline of translation studies.

ISBN 952-9724-11-X (clothbound) © 1995 Buy this book (Medieval Institute Publications holds North American rights only. Orders from outside North America should be addressed to: Suomalaisen Kirjallisuuden Seura, Hallituskatu 1, 00170 Helsinki, Finland)

ISBN 952-9724-11-X (paperback) © 1995 out of print

Studies in Honor of Hans-Erich Keller: Medieval French and Occitan Literature and Romance Linguistics

Edited by Rupert T. Pickens

Essays on many aspects of medieval French and Occitan literatures and Romance linguistics in tribute to Hans-Erich Keller, one of our most productive and wide-ranging scholars. As a group, they reflect the "state of the art" of medieval French and Occitan studies and Romance linguistics, with varied methodologies and varied conclusions.

ISBN 1-879288-21-4 (clothbound) © 1993 Buy this book (very limited stock available)

ISBN 1-879288-22-2 (paperback) © 1993 Buy this book (very limited stock available, after which it will go out of print)

Matthew Parker and His Books: Sandars Lectures in Bibliography Delivered on 14, 16, and 18 May 1990 at the University of Cambridge

R.I. Page, with photographs by Mildred Budny

Three lectures, presented before the University of Cambridge, that examine Matthew Parker as a noted collector of books, an avid annotator, and a keen student of Old English. Plates accompany the text to illustrate many characteristic aspects of Parker's interventions in his books.

ISBN 1-879288-20-6 (clothbound) © 1993 Buy this book

Monastic Preaching in the Age of Chaucer

Siegfried Wenzel

The third Morton W. Bloomfield Lecture, delivered at Harvard University in 1993.

ISBN 1-879288-39-7 (paperback) © 1993 Buy this book

Iconographic and Comparative Studies in Medieval Drama

Edited by Clifford Davidson and John H. Stroupe; introduction by Meg Twycross

Ten essays that were originally presented at the Sixth Triennial Colloquium of the International Society for the Study of the Medieval Theatre (Lancaster, 13–19 July 1989).

ISBN 0-918720-49-4 (paperback) © 1991 Buy this book

Studia Occitanica in Memoriam Paul Remy

Edited by Hans-Erich Keller

Two volumes dedicated to the memory of Paul Remy and "having as theme the scientific domain to which he had dedicated his research for nearly forty years: the Occitan literature and language."

Volume I: The Troubadours (pp. x + 371), ISBN 0-918720-71-0 (clothbound) © 1986 Buy this book

ISBN 0-918720-74-5 (paperback) © 1986 Buy this book (very limited stock available, after which it will go out of print)

Volume II: The Narrative-Philology (pp. xii + 441), ISBN 0-918720-72-9 (clothbound) © 1986 Buy this book

ISBN 0-918720-75-3 (paperback) © 1986 Buy this book (very limited stock available, after which it will go out of print)

Two-volume set: ISBN 0-918720-73-7 (clothbound) © 1986 out of print

ISBN 0-918720-76-1 (paperback) © 1986 out of print

Medieval Lives and the Historian: Studies in Medieval Prosopography

Edited by Neithard Bulst and Jean-Philippe Genet

Proceedings of the First International Interdisciplinary Conference on Medieval Prosopography (Bielefeld, Germany, December 1982).

ISBN 0-918720-69-9 (clothbound) © 1986 Buy this book

ISBN 0-918720-70-2 (paperback) © 1986 Buy this book (very limited stock available, after which it will go out of print)

Studies in Malory

Edited by James W. Spisak

The publication of Sir Thomas Malory’s Le Morte Darthur by William Caxton was a signal event in the history of English literature and printing. Compiled to mark the five-hundredth anniversary of that occasion, this volume contains critical studies of Malory’s work, supplemented by essays that place that work in the larger context of Caxton's canon. The different approaches and methodologies in the essays reflect the variety of means through which an understanding of the Morte has been sought.

ISBN 0-918720-54-0 (clothbound) © 1985 Buy this book

ISBN 0-918720-55-9 (paperback) © 1985 out of print

The Wisdom of Poetry: Essays in Early English Literature in Honor of Morton W. Bloomfield

Edited by Larry D. Benson and Siegfried Wenzel

[A] collection of wise and witty essays by some of our wisest and wittiest scholars in honor of one of our field's wisest wits.

ISBN 0-918720-15-X (clothbound) © 1982 Buy this book

ISBN 0-918720-16-8 (paperback) © 1982 out of print