Error: Aspects and Approaches

The Sixth Oxford Medieval Graduate Conference

took place on Friday 16th April–Saturday 17th April 2010

at Lincoln College, Oxford (Oakeshott Room).

The provisional programme is given below:

Friday 16th April

9am–10am Registration

10am–11.30am Session One: Right and Wrong Writing

Mark Faulkner (St John’s College, University of Oxford): Error and Early Middle English Literature

Justine Walden (Yale University): Diligentissime Emendata: The Language of Error in Early Modern Italian Print, 1470-1520

Cornelia Linde (University College London): Medieval Latin Commentators on Lamentations and the Correct Order of Hebrew Letters


11.30am–12.30pm Session Two: Handling Error

Remus Valsan (McGill University): The Poverty of Christ: Strategic Misconceptions in the Late Middle Ages

Levi Roach (Trinity College, University of Cambridge): Correcting Error: Æthelred II and the “Penitential State” in Millenary England


12.30pm–1.30pm Lunch


1.30pm–2.30pm A Textual Excursus

Ralph Hanna (University of Oxford):

Error and the Medievalist


2.30pm–2.45pm Coffee


2.45pm–4.15pm Session Three: Trial, Error and Deception

Daisy Black (University of Manchester): The Old Man and the Pregnant Virgin: Voicing Doubts about Mary in the N-Town Cycle

Rebecca Dark (University of Texas, Arlington & Dallas Baptist University): Deceptive Dreams and the Daughters of Eve

Stephanie Seavers (University College London): Trial and Error: Alchemy and Assay in the Middle Ages

4.30pm–5pm Medium Ævum Annual General Meeting


5pm–6pm Medium Ævum Annual Lecture

Michèle Muchahey (Pontifical Institute, University of Toronto):

How the Dominican Order Dealt with Error Within its Own Ranks: Unsanctioned Publication and the Censure of Durand of St-Pourçain


6.30pm–7.15pm Wine Reception, followed by the Conference Dinner.


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Saturday 17th April


9am–10.30am Session Four: Understanding Error

Alexandra Parvan (University of Pitesti): Epistemological Error and Theological Error in Augustine’s Enchiridion XVII-XXI

Andras Kraft: A Nominalist Deliverance from Error

Anna Lukacs (Freie Universität Berlin): “Error, quia (…)”: Condemnations in Thomas Bradwadine’s “De causa Dei”


10.30am–10.45am Coffee    


10.45am–12-15pm Session Five: Error on the Page

Chair: Mark Faulkner (St John’s College, Oxford)

Aditi Nafde (Keble College, University of Oxford): To “erre as somme clerkes do” … for “Wher lawe lacketh, errour groweth”: the Division and Interpretation of Gower’s Confessio Amantis

Alan Foley (University College Cork): A Medieval Comedy of Errors: Juxtapositional Humour in britsih Library MS Harley 2253

Anna Gottschall (University of Birmingham): Unintentional or Deliberate Error: Scribal and Decorative Inconsistencies within the Vernon Manuscript Pater Noster Table


12.15pm–1.15pm Lunch

1.15pm–2.15pm Session Six: Mistranslation

Chair: Liv Robinson (Pembroke College, Oxford)

Kath Francis (Magdelan College, University of Oxford): Exploring an Erroneous Approach: Monolingualism in the Study of Fifteenth-Century Literature

Emmanuelle Roux (University of Poitiers): Mistranslation and Lexical Gowth in Medieval English


2.15pm–3.45pm Session Seven: Mistaken People, Mistaken Places

Chair: Maria Cesario (Brasenose College, Oxford)

Daniel Thomas (Jesus College, University of Oxford): The “Excitement of Exactitude” and the Site of The Battle of Maldon

Nikoloz Aleksidze (Pembroke College, University of Oxford): Identifying Kyros the Patriarch of Alexandria

Sarah Torres (University of California, Los Angeles): Alfonso de Cartagena’s Repudiation of the Glastonbury Legend at the Council of Basel


3.45pm–4pm Coffee


4pm–5pm Session Eight: Knightly Errance

Sarah Brazil (University of Geneva): Mistaken Identity or Mistaken Disguise? Lancelot and the “Fair Maid of Astolat” Episode

Juliana Dresvina (St Edmunds College, University of Cambridge): A Knight Errant: Sir Gawain and the Ladies


5pm–5.45pm Eric Stanley (Pembroke College, Oxford):

Erroneous Perceptions of Childhood Without Joy in English

followed by closing remarks.