2017-18 Anne Middleton Book Prize Winner

The winner of the 2017-18 Anne Middleton Book Prize is Curtis A. Gruenler, Professor of English at Hope College, for Piers Plowman and the Poetics of Enigma: Riddles, Rhetoric, and Theology (University of Notre Dame Press, 2017). Curtis Gruenler’s Piers Plowman and the Poetics of Enigma: Riddles, Rhetoric, and Theology is an astonishingly broad-ranging and erudite survey of all […]

2015-16 Anne Middleton Book Prize Winner

The winner of the 2015-16 Anne Middleton Book Prize is  Rebecca A. Davis, Associate Professor of English at the University of California, Irvine, for Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature (Oxford University Press, 2016). Rebecca Davis’s Piers Plowman and the Books of Nature is a work of impressive originality and learning that brings to bear on […]

IPPS 2019 Miami Conference

Seventh International Piers Plowman Conference, 4-6 April 2019 will be held in Miami, Florida. Co-convenors are Tom Goodmann (U of Miami) and Heather Blatt (Florida International University), whose respective institutions will be our co-hosts. The Call For Papers is now open!

Call for papers for YLS 2019 Edition

The editors of the Yearbook of Langland Studies invite submissions to a cluster on personification for volume 33 (2019). In keeping with the journal’s broad interpretation of the scope of Langland Studies, we invite notes and essays which approach the topic from any angle, and which investigate either Piers Plowman itself or texts that are […]

YLS Volume 31 (2017)

Table of Contents (ISBN 978-2-503-57877-4)   Commentary     1 Ann Killian, “Menacing Books: The Prick of Conscience and the Rhetoric of Reproof”     5 Denise N. Baker, “Pre-Empting Piers’s Tearing of the Pardon: Langland’s Revisions of the C Visio”     43 John Burrow, “Trajan, the Dreamer, and Recklessness in Piers Plowman”     73 Erica Machulak, “Langland’s Sages: Reading Aristotle […]

2017 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize Winner

Congratulations to Rosemary O’Neill, winner of the 2017 Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize of the Medieval Academy for her essay “Counting Sheep in the C Text of Piers Plowman,” The Yearbook of Langland Studies 29 (2015), 89-116.

IPPS Kalamazoo 2018 Sponsorship

The IPPS is sponsoring or co-sponsoring five sessions at Kalamazoo 2018. Bring on your proposals! Please contact the organizers directly with questions and proposals; contact information is in the official WMU cfp And please share widely! 1). Twenty-First Century Piers: Reading Piers Plowman with Contemporary Theory (A Roundtable) Organizers: Justin Barker, Dana Roders, and […]

Fair Field Exhibition at the National Poetry Library, London

Conceived and produced by multi-award-winning arts company Penned in the Margins, Fair Field re-imagines Piers Plowman for the twenty-first century through site-responsive performances (Ledbury and London, U.K.), an exhibition at the National Poetry Library, London, educational workshops and more. Fair Field invites you to enter the psychedelic dreamscape of Piers Plowman — to explore a […]

Anne Middleton Book Prize

The IPPS is delighted to announce the Anne Middleton Book Prize, to be awarded to the best book, published over a two-year period, substantively concerned with the literary, historical, religious, intellectual, textual-codicological, and critical contexts of Piers Plowman and related poetry and prose in the traditions of didactic and allegorical alliterative writing. “Book” refers to a substantial […]

YLS Volume 30 (2016)

TABLE OF CONTENTS (ISBN: 978-2-503-55984-1) Eleanor Johnson, ‘Reddere and Refrain: A Meditation on Poetic Procedure in Piers Plowman‘         3 Michael Johnston, ‘William Langland and John Ball’       29 Noriko Inoue, ‘Hiatus and Elision in the Poems of the Alliterative Revival: -ly and -liche Suffixes’ 75 Tim William Machan, ‘Defining Markedness in Middle English’     107 Eric Weiskott, ‘Piers […]