Dr. Meg Roland, literature & art department chair, presented a paper and chaired a panel at the triennial International Arthurian Congress at Wurzburg University in Germany in July 2017.At the international gathering of Arthurian scholars, Dr. Meg Roland presented “But that was but favour of makers” as part of a discussion panel she organized and chaired.
In the panel, “But rather I would sey: Malory and Retraction,” academics took a second look at work they had published, at critical modes that framed scholarly debate, or at aspects of Le Morte Darthur that “evoke a position of reconsideration, subjectivity, perhaps even an outright retraction,” Dr. Roland said.
Dr. Roland was joined for this discussion by colleagues from universities across the United States and United Kingdom. Michael Twomey of Ithaca College presented “Palimpsest, Confession, Palinode, Retraction: A Taxonomy of Arthurian Revision.” Karen Cherewatuk from St. Olaf College considered “Malory’s Launcelot: Not Either/Or, but Both/And.” E. Donald Kennedy, University of North Carolina Chapel Hill (emeritus), looked at “Malory and Politics.” And Elizabeth Archibald from Durham University (England) explored “Mordred’s Lost Childhood.”
The panel discussion was so well received, Dr. Roland was asked to co-edit an article on the topic for a special volume of Arthuriana, the journal of the International Arthurian Society (North American Branch), which will be published in 2018.
On a related note, Dr. Roland recently contributed chapters to scholarly volumes on Arthurian literature, also scheduled for publication in 2018. Her “Malory and the Wider World,” a chapter on Malory and medieval geography, will be part of The New Companion to Malory (Boydell and Brewer, UK), and “Malory’s Sandwich: Marginalized Geography and the Global Middle Ages” will appear in Marginal Figures in the Global Middle Ages and Renaissance (Brepols, Belgium).
The 2017 International Arthurian Congress, hosted by Universitat Wurzburg, was the 25th triennial congress. The gathering was established shortly after the end of WWII to bring scholars of many nations together.
Meg Roland is associate professor and chair of the Department of Art & Literature at Marylhurst University, offering programs in English literature, art and interior design. In addition to Arthurian literature, her areas of expertise include manuscripts and early print culture, early modern maps, material written culture and textual theory. She leads an annual study abroad trip to London and Rome.