In April 2008, Professors Maura Nolan and Steven Justice organized a conference at Berkeley in honor of Anne Middleton. Many of the papers, plus others, have been organized into a new volume by two of Professor Middleton's former students, Andrew Galloway and Frank Grady; among the contributors, Katherine Zieman, Kattie Breen, and Rita Copeland were also Professor Middleton's students at Berkeley. Professors Maura Nolan and Steven Justice are also publishing essays in the volume. It will appear in March 2013.
Renewed interest in aesthetics, in form, and the idea of the literary has led some scholars to announce the arrival of a “new formalism,” but the provisional histories of such a critical rebirth tend to begin well after the beginning, paying scant attention to medieval literary scholarship, much less the Middle Ages. The essays in Answerable Style: The Idea of the Literary in Medieval England offer a collective rebuke to the assumption that any such aesthetic turn can succeed without careful attention to the history and criticism of “the medieval literary.”