Sunday, March 29, 2009

Medieval Broadway: Young Frankenstein (2007)

Based on Mel Brooks’s 1974 feature film, the Tony-award-winning The New Mel Brook's Musical Young Frankenstein, with book by Mel Brooks and Tom Meehan and lyrics by Mel Brooks, recounts events in the life of Frederick “Freddie” Frankenstein, the grandson of infamous monster-maker Victor Frankenstein, and focuses on the conflict faced by Freddie, the dean of anatomy at the Johns, Miriam, and Anthony Hopkins School of Medicine in New York, as he struggles to resist his family history of monster making. Having returned to his ancestral castle in Transylvania, Freddie’s inner conflict takes physical form in the music number “Join the Family Business” in which Victor, along with Freddie’s other ancestors, who claim to have “been the pride of Romania / since twelve-o-one,” manifest in a nightmare and urge him to “Join the fam’ly bus’ness, / Learn the fam’ly trade / Make yourself a monster, / Make the world afraid!” and similar phrases.

Freddie eventually succumbs to the allure of monster making and devises his own creation to the horror of the townsfolk. The closing music number “Final Ultimo” references the other famous monster of Transylvania, Dracula, and features a brief walk-on by the count, who, in an accent reminiscent of actor Bela Lugosi, announces his intention of “relocating to the Transylvania area” and wonders if Freddie’s castle might be for sale. Freddie replies in the negative, as he has decided to settle down in Transylvania with his lab assistant and “join the fam’ly bus’ness […]”.

The official website includes photos from the play, while the Decca Broadway page for the cast album offers a sampling of the each of the songs. The show closed on Broadway in January, and its national tour begins in September.

Medieval Broadway: Curtains (2007)

Now gearing up for a national tour, the musical Curtains, with book by Rupert Holmes, music by John Kander, and lyrics by Fred Ebb, closed last June, after just over a year on Broadway, but offered an interesting twist on the legend of Robin Hood. Set in 1959 at Boston’s Colonial Theatre, Curtains, which starred David Hyde Pierce, is a murder mystery that revolves around the intrigues that develop during the out of town tryouts for the show-within-the-show, a musical called Robbin’ Hood!, which recasts the Robin Hood legend in the Old West of nineteenth-century Kansas and features lawman Alan O’Dell and his alter ego Rob Hood. Several scenes from are performed from Robbin’ Hood! over the course of the musical and clips from these can be viewed on the official website (see "Thataway!," "Montage Part 1," and "Montage Part 2") and on Youtube (below) from an earlier number "Wide Open Spaces," which presents the closing number of Robbin' Hood! in which Hood reveals his identity to the woman he loves. The cast album was released by Manhattan Records.

Stills from "Thataway!" from official website (I think O'Dell is in the white shirt); photos by Joan Marcus.

Saturday, March 28, 2009

Medieval Broadway: Shrek the Musical (2009)

Based on the Shrek film franchise (which is set in a medieval-like world populated by fairy tale characters), Shrek the Musical, with book and lyrics by David Lindsay-Abaire, opened on Broadway last December. The musical is essentially a restaging of the first film with additionaal backstory added, and Wikipedia includes a detailed synopsis and the text of some reviews. The official website includes photos from the show and videos of performances of some songs by the cast on various morning tv shows. The cast recording is now available (since 3/24), with samplings of all tracks on the Decca Broadway web site.

Reviews include:
Gurewitsch, Matthew. "Orchestrating an Ogre's Monster Makeover." The New York Times (11 Dec. 2008).
Rooney, David. "Shrek the Musical." Variety (14 Dec. 2008).
Brantley, Ben. "The Belching Green Ogre Has a Song in His Heart." The New York Times (15 Dec. 2008).

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Medieval Studies at the Movies (MSAM): Thor feature film (2011) update

The first in on ongoing series devoted to the medieval-themed film.

Marvel Studios recently released the following information regarding their upcoming films, including the long-awaited
Thor feature film. Thor and his fellow Asgardians have appeared in a number of Marvel's animated and live-action productions beginning with Marvel Super Heroes (1966) and continuing with this year's original animated films Hulk Vs. Thor and Thor: Tales of Asgard due out in the fall. Further details on the filmic Thor can be found on Wikipedia.

Marvel Movie Update: New Release Schedule!
Marvel studios strengthens self-produced film release schedule through 2012
Posted: 2009-03-12 Updated: 2009-03-20 13:04:25

Get out your calendars Marvelites and get ready to mark them up—with the film release dates associated with the continuous story arc (YES!) on the road to "The Avengers!" Plus, if your Spidey senses are tingling, that's because "Spider-Man 4" now has an official release date!

Paving the way for the production and release of "The Avengers," Marvel announced today an adjusted release pipeline for its self-produced feature film properties that reflects the first time individual super hero characters and story arcs will be inter-woven and culminate in a multi-character motion picture.

Separately, Marvel Studios confirmed today that Sony Pictures Entertainment will release "Spider-Man 4" on May 6, 2011. Additionally, Marvel Studios has revised the release dates for "Thor" and "The First Avenger: Captain America" as part of its release strategy for an uninterrupted road to "The Avengers," now debuting May 4, 2012.

A Marvel character-based film will now launch the summer box office season for three years in a row, from 2010 through 2012.

"This new schedule strongly sequences Marvel's movie debut dates, big screen character introductions and momentum. It maximizes the visibility of our single character-focused films, leading to the highly anticipated release of the multi-character 'The Avengers' film in 2012," said David Maisel, Chairman, Marvel Studios.

Sony Pictures' and Marvel Studios' "Spider-Man 4" is slated for May 6, 2011. To date, all three motion pictures in the phenomenally successful "Spider-Man" franchise have generated nearly $2.5 billion worldwide theatrically.

Below is Marvel Studios' 2010-2012 updated release schedule for its slate of self-produced and financed feature films:

Marvel Studios Feature Film Pipeline
Film/CharacterPrior Release DateCurrent Release Date

May 7, 2010May 7, 2010

July 16, 2010May 20, 2011

May 6, 2011July 22, 2011

July 15, 2011May 4, 2012

The release date for IRON MAN 2 remains unchanged. IRON MAN 2 is the sequel to the blockbuster film, IRON MAN, which has grossed nearly $600 million worldwide.

Medievalism Sessions/Papers at 2009 Plymouth State Medieval and Renaissance Forum (4/24-25/09)

30th Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH
Friday-Saturday, 24-25 April 2009

Conference details:

Originally conceived as a smaller, more intimate alternative to The International Congress on Medieval Studies held each year at Western Michigan University ("Kalamazoo"), Plymouth State University’s Forum is the oldest conference of its type in New England. Scholars return to the White Mountain region year after year for intellectual refreshment, collegial disagreement, and of course, the Medieval Feast. Whether you’re a first-timer or a venerable Friend of the Forum, we welcome you into our academic community! Draft program and registration information is available at

Medievalism Sessions/Panels (Society-sponsored events in red)

Friday, 4/24: 11:05 AM - 12:25 PM
Fantasy and Irish Literature
Paper 1 of 3: Lewis’s Dawn Treader and Medieval Irish Immrama Voyages
S. Elizabeth Passmore, University of Southern Indiana

Friday, 4/24: 4:00-5:20 PM
Medieval in Modern Media
History and Fantasy: Representations of Magic in Medieval Films
Christine Amandola, Seton Hall University
Medieval Civilizations in Sid Meier’s Civilization Games
Carl Pyrdum, Yale University
Visual Kabbalah on the Web
Marla Segol, Skidmore College

Saturday, 4/25: 9:00-10:20 AM
Whose Chaucer? Varieties of The Canterbury Tales
Paper 2 0f 3: The Wright Stuff: Thomas Wright's 1847 Best-Text Approach to The Canterbury Tales
M. C. E. Shaner, Emeritus, University of Massachusetts—Boston
Paper 3 of 3: Clearing the 'Mist between the Reader and a Sympathetic Comprehension of the Poet': Percy W. MacKaye and John S. P. Tatlock's Modern Reader's Chaucer (1912)
Geraldine S. Branca, Merrimack College

Saturday, 4/25: 10:35-11:55 AM
Performing Drama
Paper 1 of 3: Catching the Drift: Semantic Drifts and Elizabethan Reimagining of Robin Hood
Andrea Harbin, SUNY Cortland

Saturday, 4/25: 3:00-4:30 PM
Kings in Early Modern English Literature
As the Crow Flies: The Dreams of King Charles IX and their Interpretation in Foxe’s Acts and Monuments and Shakespeare’s Macbeth
Nathan Probasco, University of Nebraska—Lincoln
Sleep to Dream: Macbeth and Richard III
Christa Mahalik, Quinnipiac University
“If words will serve”: Artistocracy, Rhetoric, and War in Marlowe’s Edward II
Carl Martin, Fitchburg State College

Saturday, 4/25: 3:00-4:30 PM
Ways of Reading Chaucer
Paper 1 of 4: Sovereignty or Submission: The Wife of Bath’s Tale and the 18th Century Sublime
Maria Montagnini, Eastern Michigan University

Saturday, 4/25: 3:00-4:30 PM
Papers from the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
The Middle Ages in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Images and Symbols
Tania Ramos, Lehman College, CUNY
Intertext Jokes: Humor and Allusion in the Trailer and Opening Credits of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Kevin Cryderman, Rochester University/Emory University
Merlin, from Star Trek to Stargate: Investigating the Sci Fi Merlins of the Reel Matter of Britain
Michael Torregrossa, independent scholar
Dr. Who: A Wizard in Scientific Clothing
Lisa Leblanc, Anna Maria College

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Getting Medieval on Television (GMTV): BBC's MERLIN comes to NBC (finally)

The first in an ongoing series devoted to medieval-themed TV.

It was announced last year that NBC would air BBC1's new serial MERLIN (2008-) this television season but specific dates and times were unspecified until recently. I could not find the original press release (c. 12 March 2009), but here are the details from

NBC unveils summer schedule of sci-fi, including Merlin and Listener

NBC unveiled its summer lineup on Thursday, including the premiere of the SF&F shows Merlin and The Listener and the sci-fi miniseries Meteor and The Storm.


Merlin is a new 13-part drama series that updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend. In the mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began, Merlin (Colin Morgan) is a young man with magical powers who arrives in the kingdom and quickly makes enemies, including the heir to Uther's crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur (Bradley James). Guided by Uther's wise physician, Gaius (Richard Wilson), Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive but also to unlock Camelot's mystical secrets. Merlin was created and produced by Shine Television (executive-produced by Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps) for the BBC and FremantleMedia Enterprises.


NBC includes the following information on its web site (more specifics can be found on Wikipedia,, and on the BBC's official site; the first season is also available on Region 2 DVD from

Series Premiere Sunday, June 21st 8/7c

"Merlin" is a new 13-part drama series that updates the story of the infamous sorcerer of Arthurian legend for a new audience in the mythical city of Camelot, in a time before history began. In this fantastical realm, Merlin is a young man gifted with extraordinary magical powers who arrives in the kingdom and quickly makes enemies, including the heir to Uther's crown, the headstrong Prince Arthur. But guided by Uther's wise physician Gaius, Merlin is soon using his talents not just to survive but also to unlock Camelot's mystical secrets.

Merlin is an exciting fantasy series set in the mythic city of Camelot, but inspired by 21st century storytelling. Before Merlin and Arthur became legends, they were ambitious young men looking for adventure, hoping to live up to their families' expectations, discovering love and finding their own true destiny, making mistakes along the way. This innovative, action-packed drama has cross-generational appeal and paints a picture of Merlin and Arthur's early life that audiences have never witnessed before.

Starring Colin Morgan as Merlin, Bradley James as Prince Arthur, Anthony Head as King Uther, Richard Wilson as Gaius, Katie McGrath as Morgana and Angel Coulby as Gwen, "Merlin" is an imaginative new twist on a legend that is as old as time. "Merlin" was created and produced by Shine Television (executive-produced by Julian Murphy and Johnny Capps) for the BBC and FremantleMedia Enterprises. FME holds the exclusive licensing, home entertainment (excluding U.K.) and distribution rights to "Merlin" and has invested in the series alongside Shine Television and BBC One.

According to Merlin's official website, the serial has also recently been renewed for a second season:

Will there be a second series of Merlin?

Merlin has been re-commissioned for a second series by Ben Stephenson, Controller of BBC Drama Commissioning and BBC One Controller Jay Hunt.

Starring Colin Morgan, Bradley James, Anthony Head and Richard Wilson, Merlin has enchanted family audiences in one of the most competitive slots on TV since the transmission of the first episode on 20 September 2008, averaging an audience of 6.2 million viewers for the first 8 episodes, with a 28% average share. Merlin also has an average audience of 1.8 million viewers for the narrative repeat on Sundays.

"We are thrilled that audiences have entered into the magical world of Camelot and Merlin has been such a big hit on Saturday nights. It has performed outstandingly well. The cast have entertained and enchanted a whole new generation with this fresh and modern retelling of a classic British legend." said Julie Gardner, Head of Drama BBC Wales.

Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy, Producers, Shine Television said: "We are absolutely delighted to be returning for a second series. All the principal characters are destined to experience more magical adventures next year. The story of Merlin is a much loved tale and it's so exciting that our updated version has captured the hearts of audiences and brought the magic and myth of Camelot alive."

Also returning are Richard Wilson as court physician Gaius, Anthony Head as King Uther Pendragon, Angel Coulby as Gwen, Katie McGrath as Morgana and John Hurt as the voice of The Great Dragon. Guest stars are still to be announced but series one featured brilliant names including Michelle Ryan, Santiago Cabrera, Eve Myles, Will Mellor and Julian Rhind-Tutt.

Spectacular CGI effects are created by The Mill, the Oscar-winning visual and special effects team behind Gladiator and Doctor Who.

Merlin is executive produced by Johnny Capps and Julian Murphy for Shine Television and BBC Executive Producers are Julie Gardner and Bethan Jones. The second series will begin filming next year on location in Wales and France. No dates have been confirmed for transmission.

Wednesday, March 18, 2009

Kalamazoo Medievalism Sessions 4 of 4 (Sunday, 10 May)

Listing 4 of 4, Sunday's sessions. The complete program is available at


8:30-10:00 AM: Session 548, Valley II 202
Crusading Identity
Sponsor: Crusades Studies Forum, St. Louis Univ.
Organizer: Vincent Ryan, St. Louis Univ.
Presider: James L. Naus, St. Louis Univ.
Ripoll and Jerusalem: Crusade, Identity, and Dynastic Legitimacy in Catalonia
Nicholas Paul, Fordham Univ.
“In tribus Indiis dominatur magnificentia nostra”: Prester John and the Crusader Imagination
Jennifer Lynn Jordan, Graduate Center, CUNY
The Crusades, National Identity, and Nationalism
Alan V. Murray, Univ. of Leeds

8:30-10:00 AM: Session 552, Valley II Garneau Lounge
Tolkien’s Revisions and Contradictions
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Bradford Lee Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara
Revising Éowyn: Reading and Rereading Éowyn’s Mind
Mary Faraci, Florida Atlantic Univ.
The Words of Húrin and Morgoth: Microcosm, Macrocosm, and the Later Legendarium
Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State Univ.
Discrepancies, Divergences, and Etymological Forks in the Road
Eileen Marie Moore, Cleveland State Univ.
Who Are the Real Elves? The Noldor in The Book of Lost Tales and The Silmarillion
Janice M. Bogstad, McIntyre Library, Univ. of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

8:30-10:00 AM: Session 566, Fetzer 2020
Beowulf as Children’s Literature I
Organizer: Bruce D. Gilchrist, Bishop’s Univ.
Presider: Marijane Osborn, Univ. of California–Davis
Beowulf and the Boy Problem
Anna Smol, Mount St. Vincent Univ.
Sound and Image: A Comparison of H. E. Marshall’s Beowulf: Translations and Modern Versions for Children
Janice Hawes, South Carolina State Univ.
Masculinity and Emotion in Illustrated Versions of Beowulf
Bruce D. Gilchrist

8:30-10:00 AM: Session 568, Schneider 1320
The Construction and the Implications of Medieval Aesthetics in Cinema
Organizer: Darwin Smith, CNRS
Presider: Robert L. A. Clark, Kansas State Univ.
Music in Medieval Movies (of the ’50s): Between Historical Sample and Ideological Witness
Corneliu Dragomirescu, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, and Isabelle Ragnard, Univ. de Paris IV–Sorbonne
We’ll Never Go to the Movies Together: A Critique of Critiques and Theories on Representing the Past
Gil Bartholeyns, Univ. of Oxford/Univ. Libre de Bruxelles
Arthur of the Britons (1972): Swords, Saxons, and Uneasy Alliances
Caroline Jewers, Univ. of Kansas

10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 585, Valley II Garneau Lounge
Tolkien’s Poetry and Song
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Anne Reaves, Marian College
“That was the first Hebung”: Tolkien’s Modernist Metrics in Formalist Garb
John R. Holmes, Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville
Musical References and Allusions in Tolkien’s Published Poetry
Bradford Lee Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara
“He chanted a song of wizardry”: Words with Power in Middle-earth
Benjamin S. W. Barootes, McGill Univ.
Songs of Long Estrangement: The Poetry of Melancholy in The Lord of the Rings
Robert F. Tredray, Independent Scholar

10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 589, Valley I 106
(Medievalist) Plays Shakespeare Should Have Written
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Cynthia Z. Valk, Vincennes Univ.
Presider: William F. Hodapp, College of St. Scholastica
Bifold Authority: Shakespeare’s Unwritten Medieval Romance, Troilus and Cressida
Nicholas Haydock, Univ. of Puerto Rico-Mayaguez
Medievalist Plays Shakespeare Did Write
John D. Cox, Hope College
Sonnets, Martial Love, and Shakespeare’s Lost Romance
Edward L. Risden, St. Norbert College

10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 590, Valley I 107
Perspectives on Gender in Christine de Pizan
Sponsor: Christine de Pizan Society
Organizer: Benjamin M. Semple, Gonzaga Univ.
Presider: Julia A. Nephew, Dominican Univ.
PAPER 3 0F 3: Teaching Pizan’s Treasury of the City of Ladies to Women’s Studies Students
Christine Reno, Vassar College, and Karen Robertson, Vassar College

10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 592, Fetzer 1010
Dante IV: Questions of Genre, Transmission, and Reception of Dante’s Works
Sponsor: Dante Society of America
Organizer: Christopher Kleinhenz, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
Presider: Christopher Kleinhenz
PAPER 4 OF 4: Dante in the Henrican Reformation
Nicholas R. Havely, Univ. of York

10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 593, Fetzer 1035
Musical Instruments: Craft and Notation
Sponsor: Musicology at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Cathy Ann Elias, DePaul Univ.; Julia Wingo Shinnick, Univ. of Louisville; and Mary E. Wolinski, Western Kentucky Univ.
Presider: Daniel J. DiCenso, College of the Holy Cross
Re-examining the Medieval Viol: An Alternative Theory
Joséphine Yannacopoulou, Univ. of Edinburgh
The Craft of the Medieval Instrument Maker
Kate McWilliams, Independent Scholar
From Robertsbridge to Klagenfurt: Organ Motets in Old and New German Tablature, 1360–1540
Sarah Davies, New York Univ.

10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 598, Fetzer 2020
Beowulf as Children’s Literature II
Organizer: Bruce D. Gilchrist, Bishop’s Univ.
Presider: Marijane Osborn, Univ. of California–Davis
The Giants of Beowulf, Tolkien, and Lewis: Meeting in the Middle
John Edward Damon, Univ. of Nebraska–Kearney
Grendel, Beowulf, and Little Johnny: Translating Ancient Evil and Good for Post-Modern Young Readers
Christopher E. Crane, United States Naval Academy
“Beowulf: A Tale of Blood, Heat, and Ashes”: A Children’s Beowulf for the Tolkien Generation
Yvette Kisor, Ramapo College

10:30 AM-12:00 PM: Session 605, Bernhard 105
Walther von der Vogelweide: Text and Music
Sponsor: Oswald-von-Wolkenstein-Gesellschaft
Organizer: Sibylle Jefferis, Univ. of Pennsylvania, and Ulrich Müller, Univ. Salzburg
Presider: Sibylle Jefferis
PAPER 2 OF 2: Teaching Walther in Museums (with Musical Examples of Walther’s Songs)
Siegrid Schmidt, Univ. Salzburg

Sunday, March 15, 2009

Kalamazoo Medievalism Sessions 3 of 4 (Saturday, 9 May)

Listing 3 of 4, Saturday's sessions. The remainder will follow shortly.

Society sponsored events are in red.


10:00-11:30 AM: Session 383, Valley II 202
In Honor of Bonnie Wheeler I
Organizer: Dorsey Armstrong, Purdue Univ.
Presider: Ann W. Astell, Univ. of Notre Dame
PAPER 3 0F 4: The Use of History and Archaeology in Contemporary Arthurian Fiction
Christopher A. Snyder, Marymount Univ.
PAPER 4 0F 4: Characterization in Malory and Bonnie
Kevin S. Whetter, Acadia Univ.

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 392, Valley I 102
New Approaches to Beowulf
Organizer: Rachel S. Anderson, Grand Valley State Univ.
Presider: Lesley Jacobs, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
PAPER 3 OF 3: What Seamus Heaney Did to Beowulf: The Tensions of Translation
Sandra Hordis, Arcadia Univ.

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 393, Valley I 105
Old English Meter in the Classroom (A Panel Discussion)
Organizer: Daniel Donoghue, Harvard Univ.
Presider: Robert D. Fulk, Indiana Univ.-Bloomington
A panel discussion with Geoffrey R. Russom, Brown Univ.; Thomas A. Bredehoft, West Virginia Univ.; Peter S. Baker, Univ. of Virginia; and Robert J. Hasenfratz, Univ. of Connecticut.

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 394, Valley I 106
Marie de France I: Performing Chaitivel (A Series of Performances)
Sponsor: International Marie de France Society
Organizer: Rupert T. Pickens, Univ. of Kentucky
Presider: Rupert T. Pickens
Chaitivel: A Reconstruction of the Performance of a Twelfth-Century Lai
Ronald Cook, Independent Scholar
Chaitivel: The Harley MS Version with Medieval Harp
Simonetta Cochis, Transylvania Univ.
Shared Griefs and Wretchedness: Another Rhymed Version of Chaitivel
Walter A. Blue, Hamline Univ.

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 396, Valley I 109
Performing the Text (A Performance)
Sponsor: Comparative Drama
Organizer: Eve Salisbury, Western Michigan Univ.
Presider: Eve Salisbury
The Tournament of Tottenham
Linda Marie Zaerr, Boise State Univ.

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 399, Fetzer 1005
Matrons, Monsters, and Men: Beowulf (2007)
Sponsor: Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship (SMFS)
Organizer: Helene Scheck, Univ. at Albany, and Ilan Mitchell-Smith, Angelo State Univ.
Presider: Colleen Slater, Cornell Univ.
“Ond Hyre Seax Geteah Brad ond Brunecg”: Failing Swords and Angelina’s Heels in Robert Zemeckis’s Beowulf
KellyAnn Fitzpatrick, Univ. at Albany
The Water Dripped from Her like “Golden Chocolate”: Mother’s Feminine Threat in Beowulf
Michelle Kustarz, Wayne State Univ.
Cyborg Masculinities in Zemeckis’s Beowulf
Laurie Dietz, DePaul Univ.

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 400, Fetzer 1010
The Children of Húrin
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Mary R. Bowman, Univ. of Wisconsin–Stevens Point
Lack of Counsel, Not of Courage: J. R. R. Tolkien’s Critique of the Heroic Ethos in The Children of Húrin
Richard C. West, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
Through Morgoth’s Eyes: Truth in Wartime
Faye Ringel, United States Coast Guard Academy
The Shadow of My Purpose: Gnosticism and the Strands of Fate in the Narn i hin Húrin
Brian Walter, St. Louis College of Pharmacy
Tolkien’s Women in The Children of Húrin
Victoria Wodzak, Viterbo Univ.

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 406, Fetzer 2020
Studies in the Auchinleck Manuscript: Putting the Pieces in Context
Organizer: Arthur W. Bahr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Presider: Arthur W. Bahr
PAPER 3 OF 3: After the Scribes and before the Editors: The Auchinleck’s Hired Transcribers, 1830-1850
Fred Porcheddu, Denison Univ.

12:00 PM: Bernhard 158
Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Business Meeting

12:30 PM: Valley II 203
Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
Business Meeting

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 434, Valley III Stinson Lounge
Experience in Augustine of Hippo: Time, Memory, Consciousness
Organizer: Marianne Djuth, Canisius College
Presider: Marianne Djuth
PAPER 2 OF 3: Memory, Truth, and Self-Identity: Augustine, Gunther Grass, and Martin Walser
R. James Long, Fairfield Univ.

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 444, Valley I 105
Teaching and Researching the Middle Ages at Minority-Serving Colleges and
Universities (A Roundtable) I
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Organizer: James M. Palmer, Prairie View A&M Univ.
Presider: Julia Huston Nguyen, National Endowment for the Humanities
Creating a Balanced English Program in a Minority-Serving College
Barbara Anne Goodman, Calumet College of St. Joseph
Teaching the Borders: Medieval Studies in English at the University of Texas at San Antonio
Mark E. Allen, Univ. of Texas–San Antonio
Teaching the Middle Ages in the San Joaquin Valley
Mark Arvanigian, California State Univ.–Fresno
MEFL: Middle English as a Foreign Language
Alison A. Baker, California State Polytechnic Univ.–Pomona
“There the White Folks Go Again”: Medieval Studies and the Minority Student
Pearl Ratunil, William Rainey Harper College
Enhancing the Medieval Curriculum through NEH’s Humanities Initiatives for Faculty
James M. Palmer

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 450, Fetzer 1010
Tolkien’s “On Fairy Stories” (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Douglas A. Anderson, Independent Scholar, and Verlyn Flieger, Univ. of Maryland
A roundtable discussion with Jennifer Culver, Univ. of Texas–Dallas; Deanna Delmar Evans, Bemidji State Univ.; Dimitra Fimi, Cardiff Univ.; Sandra Hordis, Arcadia Univ.; Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State Univ.; John D. Rateliff, Independent Scholar; and Ted Sherman, Middle Tennessee State Univ.

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 451, Fetzer 1035
Medieval Myths in Modern Continental Europe I
Sponsor: IZMS: Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalter-Studien, Univ. Salzburg
Organizer: Ulrich Müller, Univ. Salzburg, and Werner Wunderlich, Univ. St. Gallen
Presider: Siegrid Schmidt, Univ. Salzburg
“Wir wollten doch nur . . .”: Über die Schwierigkeiten, Ritualmordlüngen aus der Welt zu schaffen
Winfried Frey, Johann Wolfgang Goethe-Univ. Frankfurt am Main
Tristan-Rezeption bei Herbert Rosendorfer
Ingrid Bennewitz, Otto-Friedrich-Univ. Bamberg
Die Nibelungen im Musical
Ulrich Müller

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 463, Schneider 1145
English Drama
Presider: Barbara D. Palmer, Univ. of Mary Washington
PAPER 4 0F 4: A Late Sixteenth-Century Morality Play in Lincolnshire
James Stokes, Univ. of Wisconsin–Stevens Point

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 479, Schneider 1360
In Honor of Bonnie Wheeler II
Organizer: Dorsey Armstrong, Purdue Univ.
Presider: Howell Chickering, Amherst College
PAPER 2 OF 4: Off the Marc: Chivalric Masculinity in L’Éternal retour (1943)
Kathleen Coyne Kelly, Northeastern Univ.
PAPER 4 OF 4: Chaucer’s Queer Melancholy in Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s A Canterbury Tale
Tison Pugh, Univ. of Central Florida

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 485, Bernhard 209
Globalizing the Middle Ages II: Mapping the Medieval World
Sponsor: Center for Medieval Studies, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Organizer: Susan J. Noakes, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities
Presider: Geraldine Heng, Univ. of Texas–Austin
PAPER 1 OF 3: Mapping Prester John as African (1350–1600): The Italian, Spanish, and Portuguese Perspectives
Andrew Kurt, Grand Valley State Univ.

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 498, Valley II 207
In Honor of Tom Shippey: J. R. R. Tolkien: Author of the Next Century? (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: John William Houghton, Hill School
A roundtable discussion with Douglas A. Anderson, Independent Scholar; Marjorie J. Burns, Portland State Univ.; Verlyn Flieger, Univ. of Maryland; Edward L. Risden, St. Norbert College; and Yvette Kisor, Ramapo College.

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 502, Valley I 105
Teaching and Researching the Middle Ages at Minority-Serving Colleges and Universities (A Roundtable) II
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Organizer: James M. Palmer, Prairie View A&M Univ.
Presider: Julia Huston Nguyen, National Endowment for the Humanities
Getting Research Done at an HBCU
Juris G. Lidaka, West Virginia State Univ.
Is Relevance Relevant? Teaching the Middle Ages at the HBCU
Mary C. Olson, Tuskegee Univ.
Geographies of Race, Modern and Medieval: Teaching Medieval Literature at an HBCU
Donna Crawford, Virginia State Univ.
Playing Devil’s Advocate: An Approach to Teaching the Middle Ages to Minority Students
Jean N. Goodrich, Univ. of Arizona
Monsters, Muslims, and Women: Teaching Medieval and Modern Othering
Mica Dawn Gould, Grambling State Univ.
Medieval Warfare at Morgan State University
John D. Hosler, Morgan State Univ.

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 507, Fetzer 1005
The Summoning of Everyman (A Screening of the Movie)
Organizer: Douglas Morse, New School
Presider: Paul Werner, New York Univ.
The screening of the film (52 minutes) will be followed by a paper, “Producing The Summoning of Everyman: Play to Screen,” by Heide Estes, Monmouth Univ.

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 509, Fetzer 1035
Medieval Myths in Modern Continental Europe II
Sponsor: IZMS: Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalter-Studien, Univ. Salzburg
Organizer: Siegrid Schmidt, Univ. Salzburg
Presider: Ursula Bieber, Univ. Salzburg
Vom Drachen zum Hausdrachen
Klaus Schmidt, Bowling Green State Univ.
Medieval Myths in Modern Art: Picasso, Max Beckmann
Irma Trattner, Univ. Salzburg
The Imaginary of the Knight in Twenty-First-Century France
Anne Bach, Rheinisch-Westfälische Technische Hochschule
Espace géographique, espace corporel: Du mythe de Mêlusine à la Vouivre
Vilay Lyxuchouky, Univ. of Georgia

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 519, Schneider 1135
“I ha’t from the playbooks, / And think they’re more authentic”: Popular History
in Early Modern England
Sponsor: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis Univ.
Organizer: Lea Luecking Frost, St. Louis Univ.
Presider: Lea Luecking Frost
“Familiar in Their Mouths as Household Words”: Shakespeare Repackages the Middle Ages
Dianne E. Berg, Clark Univ.
The Prince of Wails: A Re-examination of Owen Glendower, Shakespeare’s Comic Conjurer
Connie Meyer, Texas Christian Univ.
Reproving History: Queen Elizabeth in Norwich
Elizabeth Human, St. Louis Univ.
Women, History, and the Popular Ballad: The Case of Deloney’s Garland of Good Will and Strange Histories
Nora L. Corrigan, Mississippi Univ. for Women

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 521, Schneider 1145
The Poetics of Legends: Legends and Romance
Organizer: Matthias Meyer, Univ. Wien, and Constanza Cordoni, Univ. Wien
Presider: Matthias Meyer
PAPER 3 OF 3: Legend, Romance, and History: The Truth about Arthurian Fiction
Stephen Mark Carey, George State Univ.

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 522, Schneider 1155
The Achievement and Influence of Bryce Lyon (1920–2007) IV: The Legacy of
Henri Pirenne
Organizer: David Nicholas, Clemson Univ.
Presider: Don C. Skemer, Princeton Univ. Library
The Historian as Subject: Re-reading Henri Pirenne: A Biographical and Intellectual Study (1974)
Walter Simons, Dartmouth College
Some Observations on the Merovingian Economy
Bernard S. Bachrach, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities
The Urban Typologies of Henri Pirenne and Max Weber: Was There a “Medieval” City?
David Nicholas

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 531, Schneider 1325
Jean Gerson: All Perspectives II
Organizer: Yelena Mazour-Matusevich, Univ. of Alaska–Fairbanks
Presider: Gabriella Baika, Auburn Univ.
PAPER 3 OF 3: Jean Gerson’s Legacy in the Seventeenth-Century Catholic Circles
Yelena Mazour-Matusevich

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 534, Schneider 1345
Joan of Arc in the Archives
Sponsor: International Joan of Arc Society
Organizer: Gail Orgelfinger, Univ. of Maryland–Baltimore County
Presider: Gail Orgelfinger
PAPER 3 OF 3: Dusting Off the Sources: The Approach of Etienne Pasquier to Historical Research
Deborah Fraioli, Simmons College

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 535, Schneider 1350
Web Image Collections of Medieval Architecture: The MEDART and Chartres Cathedral Sites (A Demonstration)
Organizer: Philip Maye, Independent Scholar
Presider: Marion Dolan, Univ. of Pittsburgh
Introduction and Demonstration of MEDART and Chartres Cathedral Websites
Philip Maye
Website Structure and Organization
Jane Vadnal, Univ. of Pittsburgh

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 536, Schneider 1360
In Honor of Bonnie Wheeler III (A Roundtable)
Organizer: Dorsey Armstrong, Purdue Univ.
Presider: Jo Goyne, Southern Methodist Univ.
PAPER 5 OF 5: The New Age Holy Grail
Martin B. Shichtman, Eastern Michigan Univ., and Laurie A. Finke, Kenyon College

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 538, Bernhard 157
Recordings and Performance of Machaut’s Music
Sponsor: International Machaut Society
Organizer: Deborah McGrady, Univ. of Virginia
Presider: Jennifer Bain, Dalhousie Univ.
A Historiographical Analysis of Recordings of Machaut’s Messe de nostre dame
Kristen Yri, Wilfrid Laurier Univ.
Machaut’s Secular Songs
Lawrence M. Earp, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
Recording Machaut’s Motets
Jared C. Hartt, Oberlin College Conservatory of Music

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 543, Bernhard 210
1109/2009: The Nine-Hundredth Anniversary of the Death of King Alfonso VI of Leon-Castile IV: The Legacy of Alfonso VI in Literature and Legend
Sponsor: Association for Spanish and Portuguese Historical Studies
Organizer: James D’Emilio, Univ. of South Florida–Tampa
Presider: James D’Emilio
Alfonso VI: épica y romancero
Irene Zaderenko, Boston Univ.
La presencia de Alfonso VI en la épica castellano-leonesa
Mercedes Vaquero, Brown Univ.
Alfonso VI’s Legacy in History, Literature, and Legend: From Lap to Lap
Anthony J. Cárdenas-Rotunno, Univ. of New Mexico

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 544, Bernhard 211
Cognitive Approaches to Medieval Literature III
Organizer: Paula Leverage, Purdue Univ., and Ronald J. Ganze, Univ. of South Dakota
Presider: Ronald J. Ganze
PAPER 4 OF 4: King of the Who? Jungian Archetypes and the Arthurian Literary Tradition
Melissa Ridley-Elmes, Longwood Univ.

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 546, Bernhard 213
Weblogs and the Academy: The Scope of the Professional and Boundaries of the
Personal in Open, Pseudo-Anonymous, and Anonymous Blogging
Organizer: Elisabeth Carnell, Western Michigan Univ., and Shana Worthen,
Univ. of Arkansas–Little Rock
Presider: Shana Worthen
Personalizing the Profession: The Value of “Academic Life” Blogs
Christina M. Fitzgerald, Univ. of Toledo
Balancing the Personal and the Professional in Academic Blogging
Kristen M. Burkholder, Oklahoma State Univ.
“A Blogger by Any Other Name”: Pseudonymous Blogging and the Creation of a Legitimate Academic Voice
Julie A. Hofmann, Shenandoah Univ.
My Blog Is Not Myself: Negotiating Identity in the Academic Blogosphere
Janice Liedl, Laurentian Univ.

5:15 PM: Valley I Shilling Lounge
Chaucer Out Loud at Kalamazoo: The Future (A Roundtable)
Organizer: Alan T. Gaylord, Dartmouth College/Princeton Univ.
Presider: Alan Baragona, Virginia Military Institute
A roundtable discussion with Betsy Bowden, Rutgers Univ.; Thomas J. Farrell, Stetson Univ.; Susan Yager, Iowa State Univ.; Howell Chickering, Amherst
College; Regula Meyer Evitt, Colorado College; and Winthrop Wetherbee, Cornell Univ.

Kalamazoo Medievalism Sessions 2 of 4 (Friday, 8 May)

Listing 2 of 4, Friday's sessions. The remainder will follow ASAP, most likely tonight.

Thursday's sessions were posted last month here on the blog.

FRIDAY, 8 MAY 2009

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 209, Valley I Shilling Lounge
Spenser at Kalamazoo I: The Senses
Sponsor: Spenser at Kalamazoo
Organizer: William A. Oram, Smith College; Beth Quitslund, Ohio Univ.; and David Scott Wilson-Okamura, East Carolina Univ.
Presider: Andrew Wadoski, Univ. of Rochester
Opening Remarks
Mary Ellen Lamb, Southern Illinois Univ.
Identity Politics and the Characterization of The Faerie Queene’s Allegorical Figures
Rachel E. Hile, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.–Fort Wayne
Corflambo’s Pyromania
Sean Henry, Univ. of Western Ontario
“Feeling Pleasures”: The Sense of Touch in The Faerie Queene
Joe Moshenska, Princeton Univ.

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 210, Fetzer 1005
Uses, Abuses, and Misuses of the Arthuriad
Sponsor: International Arthurian Society, North American Branch (IAS/NAB)
Organizer: Kevin J. Harty, La Salle Univ.
Presider: Michael A. Torregrossa, Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
King Arthur Was a Pacifist? Shrek III and The Last Legion
Roberta Davidson, Whitman College
Necessary Power: Manifest Destiny and Nuclear Anxiety in The Adventures of Sir Galahad
Susan Aronstein, Univ. of Wyoming
The King in Kentucke: An Alternative Arthurian History
Elizabeth S. Sklar, Wayne State Univ.
Knights in White Robes: Chivalry and the Klan
Laurie A. Finke, Kenyon College, and Martin B. Shichtman, Eastern Michigan Univ.

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 212, Fetzer 1035
“Can These Bones Come to Life?”: Insights from Reconstruction, Reenactment, and Re-creation
Sponsor: Association for Historical Fencing
Organizer: Kenneth C. Mondschein, Fordham Univ.
Presider: Kenneth C. Mondschein
Pure Air and Fire: Reconstructing Medieval Equitation
Michael A. Cramer, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY
Our Father’s Eggs: The Use of the Paternoster as a Medieval Timing Device
Kathleen Dimmich, Independent Scholar
Styles of Radical Quill
Paul Werner, School of Visual Arts, New York Univ.
Open-Air Museums, Reconstructions, and Re-enactors in Poland
Blazej Stanislawski, Institute of Archaeology and Ethnology, Polish Academy of Sciences

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 227, Schneider 1280
Teaching Medieval Studies to Majors and Non-majors: Interdisciplinary and Experiential Approaches
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Toni J. Morris, Univ. of Indianapolis; Samantha Meigs, Univ. of Indianapolis; and Gael Grossman, Jamestown Community College, SUNY
Presider: Gael Grossman
Returning to the Mirror: Using Parallels with Medieval Culture in Teaching Non-majors
Dwayne C. Coleman, Univ. of Central Arkansas
Voyaging to Vinland: An Undergraduate Research Practicum
Mary Ellen Rowe, Univ. of Central Missouri
Using a 3-D Virtual Environment: Recent Advances
Dauna Kiser, Univ. of Iowa
Medieval to Modern: An Interdisciplinary Honors Course
Toni J. Morris and Samantha Meigs

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 232, Schneider 1350
“Good Masters! Sweet Ladies!” and Others: Medieval Voices from Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Organizer: Meredith Jones Gray, Andrew Univ.
Presider: Meredith Jones Gray
On a Quest in a Dress: Medievalism in Young Adult Fantasy by Robin McKinley and Gail Levine
Kate Koppy, Southwestern Michigan Community College
Mary Stewart: The Modern Geoffrey of Monmouth
Sean D. Gantka, California State Univ.–Fullerton
The Magic of Words: Attitudes Towards Reading in Kevin Crossley-Holland’s Arthur Trilogy
Kathryn A. Lechler, Union College
Medieval Voices from Children’s and Young Adult Literature
Maria Cecire, Keble College, Univ. of Oxford

10:00-11:30 AM
Session 241, Bernhard 211
Cognitive Theory and Medieval Performance
Organizer: Jill Stevenson, Marymount Manhattan College
Presider: Pamela Sheingorn, CUNY
Changing Perceptions of Reality through Play with Jesus Dolls
David V. Mason, Rhodes College
“Living in the Blend” of Medieval Performance: Then and Now
Jill Stevenson
Pain and the Brain: Comparing Contemporary and Medieval Neuroscience as Explanations for Spectator Response to Torture
Marla Carlson, Univ. of Georgia

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 251, Sangren 2303
Medieval Romances and Their Readers
Sponsor: Early Book Society
Organizer: Martha W. Driver, Pace Univ.
Presider: Mary Morse, Rider Univ.
Picturing Benoit’s Roman de Troie
Tamara F. O’Callaghan, Northern Kentucky Univ.
Reading King Alisaunder
Nicole Clifton, Northern Illinois Univ.
Fictions of Patronage: Medieval Romances and the Female Reader
Amy N. Vines, Univ. of North Carolina–Greensboro
War by Other Means: The English Appropriation of French Literature in the Fifteenth Century
Andrew Taylor, Univ. of Ottawa

10:00-11:30 AM: Session 252, Sangren 2304
Religious Medievalisms
Sponsor: Studies in Medievalism
Organizer: Richard Utz, Western Michigan Univ.
Presider: Richard Utz
Recapturing the Medieval Notions of Love in Said Kurban’s Novel Ali and Nino
Agshin Jafarov, Western Theological Seminary
The Christian Middle Ages: A Scholar’s Myth
William Calin, Univ. of Florida
Medieval Monk to Modern Man: A Lasting, Adaptable Path
Marthe Oberle, Frederick Community College

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 266, Valley I 106
Translating Arthur
Sponsor: International Arthurian Society, North American Branch (IAS/NAB)
Organizer: Joseph M. Sullivan, Univ. of Oklahoma
Presider: Joseph M. Sullivan
The Taming of the Seneschal? The Keye-Figure in Felicitas Hoppe’s Iwein Löwenritter
Judith G. Benz, Juniata College
A Chaste Adulteress and an Unchaste Virgin: Emotions and an Illusion of Female Virtue in the Middle High German Tristan-Tradition
Olga V. Trokhimenko, Univ. of North Carolina–Wilmington
Decapitation Is a Translation Process: A French Theatrical Version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Florence Marsal, Univ. of Connecticut

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 270, Valley I Shilling Lounge
Spenser at Kalamazoo II: Ethics
Sponsor: Spenser at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Beth Quitslund, Ohio Univ.; Theodore L. Steinberg, SUNY–Fredonia; and David Scott Wilson-Okamura, East Carolina Univ.
Presider: Colleen Ruth Rosenfeld, Rutgers Univ.
Justice and Mutability
Andrew Escobedo, Ohio Univ.
Spenser’s Mirrors and Veils and New Testament Teachings on Moral Transformation
Donald Stump, St. Louis Univ.
Stoic Ethics and Spenser’s Legend of Temperance
Galena Hashhozheva, Harvard Univ.

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 280, Schneider 1125
The Nordic Ballad: New Approaches: In Memory of Ardis Syndergaard
Sponsor: Kommission für Volksdichtung
Organizer: Larry Syndergaard, Western Michigan Univ.
Presider: Sandra Ballif Straubhaar, Univ. of Texas–Austin
The Two Paths of the Ballad: Anguish and Aestheticized Anguish
Niels Ingwersen, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
Text and the Oral Ballad: The Politics of the Ballad
Scott A. Mellor, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
A Landscape of Conflict: Weather-Magic and Colonialism in the Narratives of the Faroe Conversion
Sarah Harlan-Haughey, Cornell Univ.
What Is in Fact a Medieval Ballad?
Tommy Olofsson, Växjö Univ.

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 298, Bernhard 157
Images and Models in Medieval Music
Sponsor: Musicology at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Cathy Ann Elias, DePaul Univ.; Julia Wingo Shinnick, Univ. of Louisville; and Mary E. Wolinski, Western Kentucky Univ.
Presider: Anna Zayaruznaya, Harvard Univ.
Text and Image: Ciconia’s Per Quella Strada and Altichiero’s Triumph of Fame
Sarah Carleton Latta, Univ. of Toronto
Gautier de Coinci’s Chansons for Sainte-Leocadia: Sources and Style
Donna Mayer-Martin, Southern Methodist Univ.
“Canticum Sacrum,” 2005–2008: Neomedieval Motets in the Context of Medieval Motets
Oleh Harkavyy, National Union of Composers of Ukraine

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 308, Sangren 2204
Reformation III: Voice, Persona, and the Construction of Self
Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research
Organizer: Maureen Thum, Univ. of Michigan–Flint
Presider: Jeffrey Jaynes, Methodist Theological School in Ohio
Prophet and Salesman: The Physician’s New Persona in an Age of Print, Alchemy, and Reformation
Erik Heinrichs, Harvard Univ.
Resistance, Negotiation, and Adjustment: Cathedral Clergy and the Tridentine Reform in Portugal and Spain
Hugo Silva, European Univ. Institute
Thomas More and John Donne: Constructing a Liminal Body as a Holy Text
Matthew Horn, Kent State Univ.

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 312, Sangren 2301
Post-Riverside Editions, E-texts, and Digital Resources (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Chaucer Review
Organizer: David Raybin, Eastern Illinois Univ., and Susanna Fein, Kent State Univ.
Presider: Andrew Taylor, Univ. of Ottawa
A roundtable discussion with Mark E. Allen, Univ. of Texas–San Antonio; Robert Boenig, Texas A&M Univ.; Edwin Duncan, Towson Univ.; Kathryn L. Lynch, Wellesley College; Kellie Robertson, Univ. of Pittsburgh.

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 313, Sangren 2302
Robin Hood in Popular Culture
Sponsor: International Association for Robin Hood Studies
Organizer: Thomas Hahn, Univ. of Rochester
Presider: John Chandler, Univ. of Rochester
Anticipating the Past: Ridley Scott’s Nottingham, Fan Blogs, and Archive Fever
Stuart Kane, Stonehill College
Lovely Bones: Robin Hood, Little John, and Textual Variations in Boece and Bellenden
Valerie B. Johnson, Univ. of Rochester
A Welsh Robin Hood: Stephen Lawhead’s King Raven Trilogy
David Lampe, Buffalo State College

1:30-3:30 PM: Session 315, Sangren 2304
Expatriate Medievalisms
Sponsor: Studies in Medievalism
Organizer: Richard Utz, Western Michigan Univ.
Presider: Karl William Fugelso, Towson Univ.
Fossil and Root: Anglo-Saxonism beyond Britain
Chris Jones, Univ. of St. Andrews, and Louise D’Arcens, Univ. of Wollongong
True Brit: Leslie J. Workman and the Founding of Medievalism
Kathleen Verduin, Hope College
On the Wings of Philology: Ewald Flügel in the Wild West
Richard Utz

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 319, Valley II 202
NEH Grant Opportunities (A Workshop)
Sponsor: National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH)
Organizer: James M. Palmer, Prairie View A&M Univ.
Presider: Julia Huston Nguyen, National Endowment for the Humanities
Conducted by Julia Huston Nguyen, Senior Program Officer, this workshop will highlight funding opportunities available at the NEH that support research, teaching, and the digital humanities.

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 332, Valley I Shilling Lounge
Spenser at Kalamazoo III: Transformations
Sponsor: Spenser at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Clare R. Kinney, Univ. of Virginia; William A. Oram, Smith College; and Theodore L. Steinberg, SUNY–Fredonia
Presider: Richard S. Peterson, Univ. of Connecticut
Ekphrasis, Mutability, and the Monumental Impulse in Spenser’s Faerie Queene
Meredith Donaldson Clark, McGill Univ.
Meddling with Allegory: Spenser, Wordsworth, Coleridge
Lin Kelsey, Yale Univ.
The Fate of the Butterflie (Poems): Counterfactual History and the Renaissance Beast Fable
Kasey Evans, Northwestern Univ.
Closing Remarks: Mary Ellen Lamb, Southern Illinois Univ.–Carbondale

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 336, Fetzer 1040
Close and Yet Remote: The Cistercian Patrimony
Sponsor: Institute of Cistercian Studies, Western Michigan Univ.
Organizer: E. Rozanne Elder, Institute of Cistercian Studies, Western Michigan Univ.
Presider: Mark F. Williams, Calvin College
PAPER 3 of 3: Lectio Divina and Literary Criticism: From John Cassian to Stanley Fish
Duncan Robertson, Augusta State Univ.

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 345, Schneider 1140
Teaching the Medieval World with Popular Culture (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Medieval Popular Culture Area, Popular Culture Association
Organizer: K. A. Laity, College of St. Rose
Presider: K. A. Laity
A roundtable discussion with Kelly Hall, West Virginia Wesleyan College; Philippa Kim, Borough of Manhattan Community College, CUNY; Richard Scott Nokes, Troy Univ.; and Frances Auld, Albany State Univ.

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 369, Berhnard Brown & Gold Room
Digital Materials in the Academy
Sponsor: Digital Medievalist
Organizer: Peter Robinson, Univ. of Birmingham
Presider: Marjorie Burghart, École des Hautes Études en Sciences Sociales, Lyon
The Ethics of Collection Digitization
Heather Ball, Queens College, CUNY
The Next-Generation Journal Article: A Use Case of Interactive Publication Using Digital Manuscript Materials
Timothy L. Stinson, North Carolina State Univ.
Handheld Medievalists: What the iPod, Mobile Phone, and Other Handheld Devices Mean for Medieval Pedagogy
Andrew Reinhard, Bolchazy-Carducci Publishers

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 370, Sangren 2204
Late Medieval Ireland: Continental Currents
Organizer: Thomas Herron, East Carolina Univ.
Presider: Thomas Finan, St. Louis Univ.
Ireland and the Continent: The Medieval Pottery Evidence
John Bradley, National Univ. of Ireland–Maynooth
Sir Henry Sidney’s New World: John Derricke’s Image of Irelande and French Colonial Discourse
Thomas Herron
The Irish Medieval Manor in Early Modern North America: The Lord Baltimores in Newfoundland and Maryland
James Lyttleton, Memorial Univ. of Newfoundland

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 372, Sangren 2210
Medieval Women, the Isle of Man, and the Insular Saga Tradition
Sponsor: NEH Summer Seminar on the Isle of Man
Organizer: Charles MacQuarrie, California State Univ.
Presider: Barbara Burgan, Conaty High School
PAPER 2 OF 5: Grendel on the Big Screen
Alan Hickerson, Charlottesville City Schools
PAPER 4 OF 5: And You Thought I Was Wasting My Time Studying Medieval Literature! or, Making Medievalism Meaningful to the Mediocre Mind
Sheryl Craig, Vici High School

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 374, Sangren 2301
Post-Twentieth-Century Conceptions, Reconceptions, and Readings
Sponsor: Chaucer Review
Organizer: David Raybin, Eastern Illinois Univ., and Susanna Fein, Kent State Univ.
Presider: David Raybin
For Goddes Love: A Re-examination of Consolation and Consummation in Troilus and Criseyde
Timothy D. Arner, Grinnell College
Baba Brinkman’s Rap Adaptation of The Miller’s Tale
Peter G. Beidler, Lehigh Univ.
Out of Sight, Out of Mind? The Brief Acquaintance of the Spanish-Speaking Readers with Chaucer
Ana Sáez Hidalgo, Univ. de Valladolid
Our Texts, Our Selves: The Body Critical and the Chaucer Corpus
Betsy McCormick, Mount San Antonio College

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 375, Sangren 2302
Teaching Tolkien (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Yvette Kisor, Ramapo College
A roundtable discussion with Leslie A. Donovan, Univ. of New Mexico; Keith W. Jensen, William Rainey Harper College; Christopher T. Vaccaro, Univ. of Vermont; Sharin Schroeder, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities; James I. McNelis, III, Wilmington College Ohio; Paul D. Nygard, St. Louis Community College–Florissant Valley; and Deidre Dawson, Michigan State Univ.

3:30-5:00 PM: Session 377, Sangren 2304
What, in the World, Is Medievalism? Global Reinventions of the Middle Ages (A Panel Discussion)
Sponsor: Studies in Medievalism
Organizer: Richard Utz, Western Michigan Univ.
Presider: Richard Utz
A panel discussion with Tommaso di Carpegna Falconieri, Univ. degli Studi di Urbino “Carlo Bo”; Florin Curta, Univ. of Florida; Louise D’Arcens, Univ. of Wollongong; Mustafa Kemal Mirzeler, Western Michigan Univ.; William Snell, Keoi Univ.; Sandra Ballif Straubhaar, Univ. of Texas–Austin; and Piotr Toczyski, Institute of Philosophy and Sociology, Polish Academy of Sciences (Gründler Travel Award Winner).

5:15 PM: Valley III Eldridge Lounges
Reading Chaucer Out Loud (A Workshop)
Organizer: Alan T. Gaylord, Dartmouth College/Princeton Univ.
Presider: Alan Baragona, Virginia Military Institute
Those interested in this workshop should pre-register with Alan T. Gaylord at alan.t.gaylord[at]

7:00 PM: Fetzer 1045
Gaming Neomedievally (A Festive Workshop and Poster Session)
Sponsor: Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization (MEMO)
Organizer: Carol L. Robinson, Kent State Univ.–Trumbull
Presider: Carol L. Robinson
Gothic Elements in Elder Scrolls IV: Oblivion for the PlayStation 3
Morgan Ankrom, Kent State Univ.
Massively Multiplayer Online Role Playing Game (MMORPG) Guilds, Community, and Spectacle Samples
Kevin A. Moberly, St. Cloud State Univ., and Brent Addison Moberly, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington
Quest for Glory: Becoming the Knight Errant
Shaina Edmondson, Univ. of Texas–Arlington
Arthurian Apocalypse: Dark Age of Camelot
Lauryn S. Mayer, Washington and Jefferson College
Music and Culture(s) across Time: Samples in Sid Meier’s Civilization IV
Karen M. Cook, Duke Univ.
Virtually Medieval: World of Warcraft Reconsiders the Middle Ages
N. M. Heckel, Univ. of Rochester
Neo-Tolkien Neomedieval Gaming
Pamela Clements, Siena College
The Neomedieval Hero: Solid Snake in Metal Gear Solid 4: Guns of the Patriots (for the PlayStation 3)
Brad Philips, Kent State Univ.

7:30 PM: Valley I 100
Reading Malory Aloud (A Performance)
Organizer: Leila K. Norako, Univ. of Rochester
Presider: Leila K. Norako
A readers’ theater performance with Stephen Atkinson, Park Univ.; Alison A. Baker, California Polytechnic State Univ.–Pomona; Mica Dawn Gould, Grambling State Univ.; Emily Rebekah Huber, Duke Univ.; Kimberly Jack, Auburn Univ.; Janet Jesmok, Univ. of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; Timothy R. Jordan, Kent State Univ.; Amy S. Kaufman, Wesleyan College; John Leland, Salem International Univ.; Maud Burnett McInerney, Haverford College; Corey Olsen, Washington College; Katie Lyn Peebles, Indiana Univ.–Bloomington; Meredith Reynolds, Francis Marion Univ., Rebecca L. Reynolds, Univ. of Cincinnati–Clermont College; Kendra Smith, Univ. of California–Davis, Paul R. Thomas, Chaucer Studio; Michael Twomey, Ithaca College.

7:30 PM: Fetzer 1005
Film Screening: Beowulf (2007)
Popcorn will be served.

7:30 PM: Fetzer 1010
Tolkien Unbound: Readers’ Theater Performance
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Robin Anne Reid
Songs for the Philologists
Douglas A. Anderson, Independent Scholar; Sandra Ballif Straubhaar, Univ. of Texas–Austin; Faye Ringel, United States Coast Guard Academy; Bradford Lee Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara; Merlin DeTardo, Independent Scholar; Deidre Dawson, Michigan State Univ.; Michael Wodzak, Viterbo Univ.; Jennifer Culver, Univ. of Texas–Dallas; and Amy Amendt-Raduege, Independent Scholar.
Baldor’s Saga
John William Houghton, Hill School; Sandra Ballif Straubhaar; Faye Ringel; Bradford Lee Eden; Merlin DeTardo; Edward L. Risden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara; Robert F. Tredray, Independent Scholar; Dean Easton, Choate Rosemary Hall School.

7:30 PM: Bernhard 105
How a Man Shall Be (H)Armed: Interactions of Weapons, Armor, and Martial Techniques in the Late Middle Ages (A Demonstration)
Sponsor: Higgins Armory Museum
Organizer: Annamaria Kovacs, Independent Scholar
Presider: Amy West, Higgins Armory Museum
A demonstration by Robert Charrette, Belle Compagnie.