Pier Plowman Piers Plowman Society A international group of scholars, teachers and students of Piers Plowman and its traditions.
Friday May 21 & Saturday May 22, 2021

Piers Expo

Friday: May 21st

  • 11:00am-11:15am Director’s Welcome
  • 11:15am-12:15pm Plenary Interview I: Can Piers Teach us How to Feel?
  • 12:30pm–1:45pm Lightning Rounds A and  B
  • 2:00pm-3:00pm Roundtable: Spheres and Atmospheres  
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Translation Tournament

Saturday: May 22nd

  • 11:00am-12:00pm Plenary Interview II: Can Piers Teach us How to Act?
  • 12:15pm-1:30pm Roundtable: Building Character 
  • 1:45pm-2:45pm Roundtable: Piers Past and Future 
  • 3:00pm-4:00pm Piers Trivia Contest
Since 1987

Yearbook of Langland Studies

The Yearbook of Langland Studies is the sole journal devoted to Piers Plowman and associated works. Since 1987, YLS has significantly shaped the expanding critical attention to the poem. Each volume — including essays, notes and interviews, reviews, and an annual annotated bibliography — offers access to the most significant and up-to-date scholarship on the poem and its literary, historical, codicological, and critical contexts. YLS welcomes articles and notes that deal with Piers Plowman and related poetry and prose in the traditions of didactic and allegorical alliterative writing, as well as with the historical, religious, intellectual, and codicological contexts of these works.

International Piers Plowman Society

News & Insights

  • Piers Plowman Reading Group May 14th: Professors Tom Goodmann and Jenny Sisk June 11th: Professors Sebastian Sobecki and Lawrence Warner  Contact Emily Steiner steinere@sas.upenn.edu for the Zoom link 

  • Free for IPPS members! Interviews, roundtables, contests, and more.  Zoom links will be sent to registrants. Learn more and register here.

  • Can you write an original alliterative line in the style of Willian Langland? Your entry should comprise a stanza of between 1 and 5 alliterative longlines in either Modern or Middle English on any aspect of contemporary current affairs. You should mark your entry

  • Piers Plowman Reading Group June 11th: Professors Sebastian Sobecki and Lawrence Warner  Contact Emily Steiner steinere@sas.upenn.edu for the Zoom link 

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