Saturday, May 14, 2011

Medievalism at Leeds

The program for this year's International Medieval Congress at Leeds has been posted, and there are 4 sessions of interest under the "Medivalism and Reception of the Middle Ages" strand. There seems to be a significant decline in medievalism sessions sine the 1990s (when there were over 20 sessions under "Medievalism and Antiquarianism" strand) and a marked decline since 2010, where there were 8. However, medievalism-themed sessions have been on the rise at the International Congress on Medieval Studies held annually at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo.

The call for papers for the 2012 congress (due 8/1/11) has also been posted, and I attach the definition of the "Medivalism and Reception of the Middle Ages" strand in the hopes that we can revive interest in the area:

Strand Definitions: Medievalism and Reception of the Middle Ages

The study of what could be called the Afterlife of the Middle Ages has been increasingly productive in the past two decades, whether under the title of 'medievalism,' 'reception of the Middle Ages,' or Mittelalterrezeption. Scholars increasingly recognise that alongside research into medieval texts and artefacts themselves, the study of the ways in which the Middle Ages have been constructed and reinvented in the post-medieval centuries is crucial to an understanding of the medieval period. All eras are subject to reinvention - there are neo-Victorianisms as well as neo-classicisms and neo-medievalisms. But it can be argued that the reinvention of the Middle Ages has been culturally more significant in the past two centuries (at least) than that of any other period. The positioning of the Middle Ages as the despised 'other' in the sixteenth century, followed by the period's refashioning as a time of pastoral innocence in the era of industrialism, has meant that we inherit today a complex but conflicted and contradictory notion of the medieval.

This strand is open to papers on all aspects of this process. These can focus on popular-cultural manifestations (film, television, novel, music, art, architecture, social practice) or on the history and development of disciplines within medieval studies. Methodologically, discussions in this strand are interested in the problem raised by disciplinary history: why do we accept some scholarship from the past as part of the discipline's necessary pre-history, and reject the rest as the epiphenomenon, "medievalism"? What is at stake when such exclusions are made? How does disciplinary history matter to us today?

Here are the session links for 2011:

Exploring the Public Understanding of the Middle Ages: The Reception of Medievalisms in Contemporary Pop Culture [Session No: 704]
Medieval Saints and Post-Reformation Identities [Session No: 830]
Medievalism: Rulers and Outcasts of the Middle Ages in Modern Culture, 1500-2011 [Session No: 1020]
Re-Creating the Middle Ages in Modern Times [Session No: 804]

The following seemed of especial interest:

Session 704
Title Exploring the Public Understanding of the Middle Ages: The Reception of Medievalisms in Contemporary Pop Culture
Date/Time Tuesday 12 July 2011: 14.15-15.45

Sponsor Society for the Public Understanding of the Middle Ages

Organiser Paul Sturtevant, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

Moderator/Chair Zsuzsanna Reed Papp, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

Paper 704-a 'You're marrying me because of that! But that's… that's archaic… medieval…': Negotiating Female Agency of Text and Reader in the Use of the Medieval in Contemporary Sheikh Mills & Boon Romance
(Language: English)
Amy Burge, Centre for Women's Studies, University of York
Paper 704-b 'What's Wrong With You Christians?': Representations of Christianity in Contemporary Cinematic Depictions of Late Antiquity
(Language: English)
Adam Gutteridge, Institute for the Public Understanding of the Past, University of York
Paper 704-c 'You don't think of them as civilised': Contemporary British Perceptions of the Muslim 'Other' before and after Watching Kingdom of Heaven
(Language: English)
Paul Sturtevant, Institute for Medieval Studies, University of Leeds

Abstract The public encounters medieval narratives in the media every day. Though the media is not normally a sanctioned educator, educational and communications research has proven that the media can hold significant pedagogical power, not only to influence what people think, but how. This panel offers three perspectives on the interpretation of the medieval world in contemporary popular culture, with a particular focus on how these pieces of popular medievalism interact with, and potentially influence, how the public understands the medieval world.

Session 804
Title Re-Creating the Middle Ages in Modern Times
Date/Time Tuesday 12 July 2011: 16.30-18.00

Organiser IMC Programming Committee

Moderator/Chair Siegrid Schmidt, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien, Universität Salzburg

Paper 804-a Homelessness and Vagrancy in J. R. R. Tolkien's Lord of the Rings: Conceptualising the 'Other'?
(Language: English)
Julie Pridmore, Unisa Medieval Association, University of South Africa, Pretoria
Paper 804-b Pucelle, Puzzel, or Puzzle?: Shakespeare's Elizabethan Joan of Arc
(Language: English)
Dianne E. Berg, Tufts University, Massachusetts
Paper 804-c Re-Creating the Middle Ages: Writing Techniques in Modern Fiction
(Language: English)
Gillian Polack, English & Cultural Studies, University of Western Australia

Abstract Paper -a:
This paper will examine the attitudes towards stability and wandering expressed by JRR Tolkien in his epic text The Lord of the Rings. I will investigate how the concepts are applied to the chief protagonists of the narrative as they move through various stages of the quest cycle. A key theme will be Tolkien's use of language to illustrate the ideas of homelessness and vagrancy as this applies to both 'heroes' and 'others'. The paper will include an examination of the way in which 'other' races are portrayed in both stable and wandering environments in relation to the travelling protagonists of the main narrative. I will also investigate the idea put forward by some scholars that homelessness is necessary for the completion of the quest.

Paper -b:
This paper examines Shakespeare's portrayal of the cross-dressing Joan of Arc as a lens through which Elizabethan anxieties about England's 'mannish' queen were refracted. Through his characterization of la Pucelle - another putative virgin wielding power in a man's world—Shakespeare could 'hold the mirror up to [the] nature' of his nation's central, defining paradox within the context of the playhouse. By interrogating the influence of Elizabeth's ambiguous persona on Shakespeare's portrait of another powerful, transgressive female, I explore how this Early Modern appropriation of a medieval French peasant addressed contemporary English concerns about gender roles, political power, and cultural identity.

Paper -c:
This paper examines specific techniques used by modern fantasy and historical fiction writers (Willis, Uttley, Chadwick, Pulman) to situate their work in the Middle Ages and examines how particular techniques create an effective sense of the past, including use of concrete examples and evocation of nostalgia. It will also discuss how each technique assists the reader to draw on their own understanding of the period and how, in the end, these techniques present an interpretation of the Middle Ages for the reader and provide them with a framework for historical understanding that can, at times, conflict with the frameworks used by specialist historians.

Session 1020
Title Medievalism: Rulers and Outcasts of the Middle Ages in Modern Culture, 1500-2011
Date/Time Wednesday 13 July 2011: 09.00-10.30

Sponsor Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien, Universität Salzburg

Organiser Siegrid Schmidt, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien, Universität Salzburg

Moderator/Chair Ursula Bieber, Institut für Slawistik, Universität Salzburg

Paper 1020-a Die Herzesser: A Special Form of a Witch
(Language: English)
Christa Agnes Tuczay, Institut für Germanistik, Universität Wien / Österreichische Akademie der Wissenschaft, Wien
Paper 1020-b The Many Faces of Margarete 'Maultasch', Countess of Tyrol, 1318-1369
(Language: English)
Manuel Schwembacher, Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien, Universität Salzburg
Paper 1020-c Medieval Rulers in Japanese Medieval Studies
(Language: English)
So Shitanda, Faculty of Philology, Ivan Franko National University of L'viv, L'viv
Paper 1020-d Medieval Ruler of the Middle Ages in Fine Art, 15th-21st Centuries
(Language: English)
Irma Trattner, Kunstuniversität Linz / Interdisziplinäres Zentrum für Mittelalterstudien, Universität Salzburg

Abstract There are a lot of very different figures of Medieval Literatures who are fascinating still nowadays. On the one hand the bright, rich, and wellminded rulers appear in literature, painting and other areas of cultures as ideal rulers. On the other hand bad human figures as 'Black Knights' and witches or biests play an important role in various genres of novels, children's literature and also in fine art. The paper of this session will demonstrate that those phenomena can be found in various countries and cultures.

CFP: The Return of King Arthur in the Post-Medieval World (12/1/11; Plymouth, NH 4/20-21/12)

The Society is pleased to announce its sponsorship of "Once and Future Kings? The Return of King Arthur in the Post-medieval World," which 33rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum to convene at Plymouth State University (Plymouth, NH) from 20-21 April 2011. The full CFP can be accessed at King Arthur Forever.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Medievalism at NeMLA 2011

The NeMLA 2011 Convention was held last month at the Hyatt New Brunswick in New Brunswick, New Jersey, from April 7-10, 2011, and included a number of sessions and panels of interest. The complete program (divided by days) can be accessed at:


4.03 Salon D
Representations of Dante’s Inferno in the Visual Arts and in Literature
Chair: Giovanni Spani, College of the Holy Cross
“Raccontare l’indicibile: echi della Commedia nelle architetture commemorative della Shoah”
Alessandro Ravera, Università di Genova
“Il Danteum di Terragni”
Gianluca Porcile, Università di Genova
“Temporal Conflation & Artistic Representations of Reading and Death in the 19th Century Imaginary”
Alani Hicks-Bartlett, Berkeley University

6.14 Room 248
New Approaches to Early Modern Historical Drama II: Religion & The History Play
Chair: Maura Brady, Le Moyne College
“You Can’t Burn the Koran Onstage: Marlowe’s Tamburlaine Meets the 21st Century”
Emma Perry, Boston College
“The Jewes Tragedy and the Reception of Jewish History in Restoration England”
Vanita Neelakanta, Rider University
“The Weird Sisters’ Nature, from Holinshed’s History to Macbeth’s Mystery”
James Macdonald, Yale University

7.18 Brunswick D
Representations of Disability in Literature and Culture
Chair: Sara Hosey, SUNY Nassau Community College
PAPER 4 OF 4: “Kinship: House M.D. as a Descendant of Richard III?”
Gina M. Altavilla, California State University-San Marcos

8.02 Salon A
Arthurian Avatars: The King Arthur Myth from Medieval to Modern Times
Chair: Joshua Cohen, Massachusetts College of Art and Design
“The Doomed Idealism of Arthurian Legend”
Katherine Foret, Stony Brook University
“The Arthurian Myth as Equalizing Strategy in Postumo Envirginiado”
Nahir Otano, University of Massachusetts-Amherst
“Merlin’s Prophecies Realized: King James I as Avatar of King Arthur”
Margaret Downs-Gamble, United States Military Academy
“‘Out of Measure’: A Study of the Tradition and Evolution of Guinevere”
Evelyn Brown, Miami University

9.11 Conference JK
Renaissance Trauma
Chair: Paul Rosa, SUNY Nassau Community College
PAPER 2 OF 3: "The Critical Mourning of Prince Hamlet and John Donne”
Katherine Hallemeier, Queen’s University


11.15 Brunswick A
Chair: Daniel Lukes, New York University
“Vilem Flusser: Neo-Medievalism and the Techno-Image”
Christopher Vitale, Pratt Institute
“The Real & Ideal: 19th-Century Neo-Medievalism & Victorian Steampunk”
Tina Kelleher, Towson University
“Wandering Histories: Mrs. Dalloway and Romance”
Hannah Sikorski, Brown University
“The Meaning of Martyrdom in T.S. Eliot’s Murder in the Cathedral”
Krystyna Michael, City University of New York

13.16 Brunswick B
The Art of Villainy: Machiavelli and the Creation of the Fictional Villain
Chair: John Cameron, Dalhousie University
“Macbeth as Dramatization of an Anti-Machiavellian Polity and Sensibility”
Robert Carballo, Millersville University
“Iago and Anton Chigurh as Machiavellian Villains”
Jim Cody, Brookdale Community College-CUNY
“On the road to villainy or The Villainous Journey”
Zac Brown, East Carolina University
“Machiavel or Machiavelli? Niccolo Machiavelli on the Early Modern Stage”
John Cameron, Dalhousie University

14.10 Salon C
Shakespearean Adaptations and Appropriations (Roundtable)
Chair: Pamela Monaco, Brandman University
“Using the Graphic Novel Version of Hamlet in the English Composition Classroom”
Sharon Brubaker, Drexel University
“Bieber and the Bard: Representations of Shakespeare in Tween Culture”
Louise Geddes, Dominican College
“The Shakespeare Industry in Slings and Arrows”
Beth Seltzer, Temple University
“Playing at Hamlet: The Presniakov Brothers’ Izobrazhaia Zhertvu”
Shari Perkins, City University of New York
“William Shakspeare: Proud American”
Emily Gruber, Boston University
“Technology and Textuality in Contemporary Representations of Hamlet”
Richard Schumaker, University of Maryland-University College

15.04 Conference C
(Re)Teaching the Spanish Classics: Integrating Technology, the Web, and Film (Roundtable)
Chair: Mirta Barrea-Marlys, Monmouth University
PAPER 3 OF 3: “Don Quixote: The Book, The Myth, and The Image in the 21st Century Classroom”
Ryan Prendergast, University of Rochester

Medievalism at ALA 2011

The 22nd Annual Conference of the American Literature Association will be held later this month at The Westin Copley Place, Boston, Massachusetts, from 26-29 May 2011, and there is one paper of interest. The full program and registration information can be accessed at:

Session 18-D Longfellow and Modernity (Essex North East)
Organized by the Henry Wadsworth Longfellow Society
Chair: Christoph Irmscher, Indiana University Bloomington
PAPER 3 OF 3. ―Dante‘s Inferno in Dante’s Inferno, or Longfellow Enters the World of Video Games,‖ Joshua S. Matthews, University of Iowa

Medieval Academy CFP 2012 (8/1/11)

The Medieval Academy has recently issued its CFP for its 2012 meeting be held from 22–24 March 2012, at Saint Louis University (Saint Louis, Missouri). Proposals are due 8/1/11. Panels include the following of interest:

12. The Children’s Crusade: Eight Hundred Year Anniversary
Organizer: Thomas Madden (Saint Louis Univ.)

15. Affect: Medievalisms (The Enduring Role of Affect in Recovery/Reconstruction of the Middle Ages)
Organizer: Frank Grady (Univ. of Missouri, Saint Louis)

23. Medieval Studies in Catholic Universities
Organizer: Paul Acker (Saint Louis Univ.)

The complete CFP can be accessed at:

Medievalism in Scottsdale

The Medieval Academy of America and the Medieval Association of the Pacific held their Joint Annual Meeting 2011 last month at the Chaparral Suites Scottsdale, Scottsdale, Arizona, from 14 – 16 April 2011. Papers of interest included the following session:

43. Medievalism and Periodization
Mohave III
Chair: John Howe, Texas Tech University
Charles Connell, Northern Arizona University
Medievalism as Metahistory: Henry Adams in Mont St. Michel and Chartres
Kevin Poole, Yale University
Academics at the Service of the Regime: Medieval Studies in Franco’s Spain
Shirley Ann Brown, York University
Nazi Neo-Medievalism and the Bayeux Tapestry
D’Arcy J. D. Boulton, University of Notre Dame
Redefining the “Middle Ages” to Include “Early Modernity”:
A Proposal for a More Scientific Approach to Periodization

Friday Sessions for Kalamazoo 2011


10:00 AM

Session 172 (Valley II, 201)
Denis Sauvage and Sixteenth-Century Medievalisms
Organizer: Cristian Bratu, Baylor Univ.
Presider: Rosalie Barrera, Baylor Univ.
Where the Author Is Obviously Depraved: Attitudes to the Author Revealed in
Sauvage’s Annotations
Catherine Emerson, National Univ. of Ireland–Galway
Denis Sauvage’s Dilemma: Textual Purity or “Critical Edition”?
Cristian Bratu
What’s in a Name: Commynes Enters the Canon
Irit Ruth Kleiman, Boston Univ.

Session 176 (Valley II, 207)
Anglo-Saxon Studies in the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries
Sponsor: Institute for Medieval Studies, Univ. of New Mexico
Organizer: Timothy C. Graham, Univ. of New Mexico
Presider: Rolf H. Bremmer, Jr., Univ. Leiden
“That Ancient and Once Familiar Language”: Matthew Parker’s Recollections
of Alfredian English
Emily Butler, John Carroll Univ.
Anglo-Saxon Studies in the English Civil War: Abraham Wheelock’s 1644
Edition of Bede’s Historia and Lambarde’s Archaionomia
Rebecca J. Brackmann, Lincoln Memorial Univ.
Thomas Marshall’s Observationes in versionem Anglo-Saxonicam (1665) and the
Beginnings of Textual Criticism in Early Anglo-Saxon Studies
Kees Dekker, Rijksuniv. Groningen

Session 180 (Valley I, 101)
Medieval Sources for the Modern Popes
Sponsor: St. Mary’s School of Theology, Univ. of St. Thomas, Houston
Organizer: Paul E. Lockey, Univ. of St. Thomas, Houston
Presider: Paul E. Lockey
Saint Anselm of Canterbury in Redemptor hominis
Benjamin J. Brown, Lourdes College
Suffering and the Divine Paideia in the Christian Anthropologies of Saint
Augustine and Pope John Paul II
Matthew W. Halbach, Catholic Univ. of America
Benedict XVI’s Retrieval of the Concept of Revelatio as Found in Saint
Bonaventure’s Collationes in Hexaemeron
James B. Anderson, Univ. of St. Thomas, Houston

Session 183 (Valley I, 106)
Hôher êren pflegen: A Session in Honor of Ed Haymes
Sponsor: Society for Medieval Germanic Studies (SMGS)
Organizer: Evelyn Meyer, St. Louis Univ., and Alexander Sager, Univ. of Georgia
Presider: Ray M. Wakefield, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities
PAPER 3 OF 3: Richard Wagner’s Wieland der Schmied
Danielle Buschinger, Univ. de Picardie-Jules Verne, and Galina Baeva, Sankt
Petersburger Staatliche Univ.

Session 188 (Fetzer 1005)
The Arthur(s) of the Americas
Sponsor: International Arthurian Society, North American Branch (IAS/NAB)
Organizer: Kevin J. Harty, La Salle Univ.
Presider: Kevin J. Harty
Famous in Song and Story: Arthurian Legends in Canadian Music
Ann F. Howey, Brock Univ.
The Transgressive Tristan: John Updike’s Brazil
Roberta Davidson, Whitman College
Childslayers and Once and Future Kings: Guy Gavriel Kay’s Inversion of
Malory’s Morte Darthur
Kathy Cawsey, Dalhousie Univ.
“National Treasure”: America’s Lost Native Arthurian Past
Susan Aronstein, Univ. of Wyoming

Session 194 (Fetzer 2020)
Lighting the Flame: Teaching Early Drama in the Undergraduate Classroom (A
Sponsor: Medieval and Renaissance Drama Society (MRDS)
Organizer: Gloria J. Betcher, Iowa State Univ.
Presider: Gloria J. Betcher
“The Burgundians knew how to party!”: Student Engagement with a Primary-
Source-Based Unit on Medieval French, Flemish, and English Performance
Lofton Durham, Western Michigan Univ.
“Can we do this all the time?”: Forming a Medieval Drama Troupe
Elizabeth Ellzey, Shepherd Univ.
What Is Medieval Spanish Drama Anyway?
Lori A. Bernard, SUNY–Geneseo
(Extra)Ordinary Women: Teaching Female Agency in Margery Kempe and the
York Plays
Sheila Christie, Cape Breton Univ.
The Text-Appeal of Medieval Drama for a Texting Generation
Alan Baragona, Virginia Military Institute

Session 207 (Schneider 1255)
Clash of Cultures: Confronting the Other in the Middle Ages
Sponsor: Taiwan Association of Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Studies
Organizer: Denise Ming-yueh Wang, National Chung Cheng Univ.
Presider: Robert E. Bjork, Arizona State Univ.
PAPER 3 OF 3: Why Does Milton Turn His Back on King Arthur?
Hong Shen, Zhejiang Univ.

Session 210 (Schneider 1280)
Scholar as Minstrel: Music and Tolkien
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Keith W. Jensen, William Rainey Harper College
The Harmony of the Worlds and the Horn of Heimdal: Cosmological Music in
Creation and Subcreation
Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State Univ.
The Three Greatest Minstrels in Middle-earth: Tolkien’s Early Thoughts on
Music and Power
Brad Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara
Swann’s Songs: Tolkien’s Clues To Tempo, Tone, and Tune in Middle-earth
John R. Holmes, Franciscan Univ. of Steubenville
CSI: Who Killed Cock Robin?
Jennifer Culver, Univ. of Texas–Dallas, and Lynn Payette, Arkansas School for
Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts

Session 213 (Schneider 1330)
The Medieval in Children’s and Young Adult Literature: Classic and Current
Organizer: Meredith Jones Gray, Andrew Univ.
Presider: Meredith Jones Gray
Sacrificing History for Story in Historical Fiction for Young Readers
Rebecca Barnhouse, Youngstown State Univ.
The Enduring Future of the Medieval Quest Narrative: Reading Neal
Stephenson’s The Diamond Age with Nell
Kate Lechler, Florida State Univ.
“Thou art no Christian”: Medievalism and the Suppression of the Jewishness in
Children’s Versions of Ivanhoe
Wendy Love Anderson, Washington Univ. in St. Louis

Session 216 (Schneider 1345)
The Reformation and Medieval Contexts I
Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research
Organizer: Maureen Thum, Univ. of Michigan–Flint
Presider: Brad Gregory, Univ. of Notre Dame
The Investitures Quarrel and the Conversion of Henry IV of France Under the
Pen of Simon Goulart (1543–1628)
Irena Backus, Univ. de Genève
Nicholas Des Gallars, Sieur de Saules, and the Ancient and Medieval Worlds
Jeannine Olson, Rhode Island College
Evangelical Histories of the Roman Church: Novelty, Schism, and Tyranny
Randall Zachman, Univ. of Notre Dame

Session 217 (Schneider 1360)
The Transcultural Middle Ages
Sponsor: postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies
Organizer: Eileen A. Joy, Southern Illinois Univ.–Edwardsville
Presider: Laurie A. Finke, Kenyon College, and Martin B. Shichtman, Eastern
Michigan Univ.
Chaucer, Graunson, and Juan Ruiz’s Libro de buen amor
Lydia Fletcher, Univ. of Oxford
Caxton’s Betweenness: Polyglot Printing and Translingual Mediation
Jonathan Hsy, George Washington Univ.
The Traffic in Monsters: The Scottish Buik of King Alexander and the Malay
Hikayat Iskander Zulkarnain
Su Fang Ng, Univ. of Oklahoma
Neurobiological Alphabets: Foreign Language Systems in Rabanus Maurus,
Boccaccio, and Mandeville
Matthew Boyd Goldie, Rider Univ.
It’s a Poem: A Present Day Use of the Andalusian Muwassaha
Heather Bamford, Univ. of California–Berkeley/College of William and Mary

Session 219 (Schneider 2345)
Low German Medieval Literature: Legends, Drama, Epics, Translations
Organizer: Sibylle Jefferis, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Presider: Sibylle Jefferis
The 1518 Low German Edition of Hieronymus Brunschwig’s Buch der Cirurgia
and Its Terminology
Chiara Benati, Univ. degli Studi di Genova
The Redeemed Wizard: The Figure of Merlin in Der Rheinische Merlin
Francesco Sangriso, Univ. degli Studi di Siena
Auf den Spuren Wielands in der Basilica von San Zeno in Verona
Anna Dalle Mule, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München

Session 229 (Bernhard, Brown & Gold Room)
Medieval Books and Their Early Modern Readers
Sponsor: Early Book Society
Organizer: Martha W. Driver, Pace Univ.
Presider: Derek A. Pearsall, Harvard Univ.
Coming Up Roses: The Religio-political Afterlives of Margery Kempe and
Julian of Norwich in Early Modern England
Amy Scott-Douglass, Marymount Univ.
How Francis Thynne Read His Chaucer
Megan Cook, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Making Chaucer Safe for Early Modern Readers
Stephen D. Powell, Univ. of Guelph
Textual Afterlives: The Transmission of Older Scots Writers to the
Jeremy J. Smith, Univ. of Glasgow

1:30 PM

Session 232 (Valley II, Garneau Lounge)
Philosophy of Aquinas II: Aquinas and Contemporary Philosophy
Sponsor: Center for Thomistic Studies, Univ. of St. Thomas, Houston
Organizer: R. Edward Houser, Center for Thomistic Studies, Univ. of St. Thomas,
Presider: Mary C. Sommers, Center for Thomistic Studies, Univ. of St. Thomas,
PAPER 2 OF 3:Love for Animals: Singer and Aquinas
Steve Jensen, Center for Thomistic Studies
PAPER 3 OF 3: Modernity, Tradition, and Society: Thomism and the Early Twentieth Century
in the United States
Markus Faltermeier, Ludwig-Maximilians-Univ. München

Session 234 (Valley I, 100)
Medieval Sermon Studies II
Sponsor: International Medieval Sermon Studies Society
Organizer: Ronald J. Stansbury, Roberts Wesleyan College
Presider: George Ferzoco, Univ. of Bristol
PAPER 3 OF 4: Deserentes Omnia: The Sermons of Bertrand de la Tour and the Franciscan
Ideal of Poverty after John XXII
John Zaleski, Harvard Univ.

Session 237 (Valley I, 105)
Medievalisms in Contemporary Poetry (A Reading and Roundtable)
Organizer: Paul Hardwick, Trinity Univ. College, Univ. of Leeds
Presider: Paul Hardwick
A panel discussion with Jane Beal, Independent Scholar, and Adrienne J. Odasso,
Univ. of York.

Session 242 (Fetzer 1005)
Approaching Six Hundred Years of Joan of Arc, Looking Back (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: International Joan of Arc Society/Société Internationale de l’étude de
Jeanne d’Arc
Organizer: Jane Marie Pinzino, Florida State Univ.
Presider: Bonnie Wheeler, Southern Methodist Univ.
The Legacy of Joan to the English, 1431–1831
Gail Orgelfinger, Univ. of Maryland–Baltimore
Six Hundred Years of British Reactions to Joan
Jeremy duQuesnay Adams, Southern Methodist Univ.
La Pucelle, the “Puzzel,” and La Poncella: Joan of Arc in Early Modern
England and Spain
Nancy Bradley Warren, Florida State Univ.
Joan of Arc in the Field
Kelly DeVries, Loyola Univ. Maryland
Joan of Arc in Life and Death
Larissa Juliet Taylor, Colby College

Session 247 (Fetzer 2016)
Anglo-Saxon Exeter and Its Afterlife: Papers in Honor of Patrick W. Conner
Sponsor: Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript
Organizer: Timothy C. Graham, Univ. of New Mexico
Presider: Paul E. Szarmach, Medieval Academy of America
PAPER 3 0F 3: The Early Modern Afterlife of Exeter’s Anglo-Saxon Manuscripts
Timothy C. Graham

Session 262 (Schneider 1265)
Twenty-First-Century Medievalisms
Presider: Julie Nelson Couch, Texas Tech Univ.
“The Darkness of the Womb”: Allegory and Early Medieval Historiography in
S. M. Stirling’s Emberverse
Alicia McKenzie, Wilfrid Laurier Univ.
Rexiles: A Re-envisionist History of the Kings of Britain
Aaron Long, American Univ.
What is the Impact of Popular “Medieval Films” on the Public’s Understanding
of the Middle Ages? A Sociological Approach
Paul B. Sturtevant, Univ. of Leeds
Concerning the Newfound Popularity of Lionheart’s Acre Massacre in Video
Game Narratives
Carl S. Pyrdum, III, Yale Univ.

Session 263 (Schneider 1275)
Of Weasels, Werewolves, and Women
Sponsor: International Marie de France Society
Organizer: Elizabeth W. Poe, Tulane Univ.
Presider: K. Sarah-Jane Murray, Baylor Univ.
PAPER 3 OF 3: Of Werewolves and Noseless Ladies: Teaching Bisclavret in Translation
Jessica Hooten, Univ. of Mary Hardin-Baylor

Session 264 (Schneider 1280)
Geography, Lands, Environments in Tolkien’s Legendarium
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Brad Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara
“We Have Not Here a Lasting City”: The Undying Lands and the Other
Disappearing Landscapes of Arda
Jeffrey Pinyan, Independent Scholar
The Clay of Cataclysm: Graeco-Roman and Medieval Notions of Adaptation
Present in the Building, Destruction, and Rebuilding of Middle-earth
James R. Vitullo, William Rainey Harper College
Geography’s Grammar: A Stylistic Analysis of Middle-earth
Robin Anne Reid
Concerning Horses: Tolkien and Horses in the Legendarium
Janice M. Bogstad, Univ. of Wisconsin–Eau Claire

Session 267 (Schneider 1335)
The Reformation and Medieval Contexts II
Sponsor: Society for Reformation Research
Organizer: Maureen Thum, Univ. of Michigan–Flint
Presider: Carrie Euler, Central Michigan Univ.
Suffering and Penance in Late Medieval and Reformation Pastoral Care
Ronald Rittgers, Valparaiso Univ.
Tudor-Stuart Deployments of Medieval Notions of the Sacrilege Curse
Michael Kelly, Univ. of Notre Dame
The Place of the Vulgate in Reformation Biblical Scholarship
Bruce Gordon, Yale Univ. Divinity School

Session 269 (Schneider 1345)
Dante II: Dante and Politics: Then and Now
Sponsor: Dante Society of America
Organizer: Christopher Kleinhenz, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
Presider: Melissa Conway, Univ. of California–Riverside
PAPER 3 OF 3: “Lunga promessa con l’attender corto”: Dante in Today’s Italian Politics
Luigi G. Ferri, John Carroll Univ.

Session 274 (Bernhard 105)
Static and Shifting Landscapes in Medieval Literature, Art, and Thought
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Cynthia Z. Valk, Vincennes Univ., and Robert A. Benson, Ball State Univ.
Presider: Susann T. Samples, Mount St. Mary’s College
PAPER 3 OF 3: Jane Austin and the Undead: From the Picturesque to the Moonlit Landscape
Robert A. Benson and Cynthia Z. Valk

Session 276 (Bernhard 159)
Madness, Methodology, Medievalisms (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: BABEL Working Group
Organizer: Eileen A. Joy, Southern Illinois Univ.–Edwardsville
Presider: Eileen A. Joy
What Looks Like Crazy: Margery Kempe and the Meanings of Diagnosis
Mo Pareles, New York Univ.
Transversing Our Soundscapes of Lunacy: Agoraphobia and (Un)Masking
Elliot A. Jarbe, Univ. of Western Ontario
Madness, Masculinity, and the Feminine Audience in Hoccleve’s Series
Jennifer Little, Graduate Center, CUNY
Ni Wood for Sorow: On (the Necessity of) Being at One’s Wit’s End in The Cloud
of Unknowing
Nicola Masciandaro, Brooklyn College, CUNY
Respondent: Michael G. Sargent, Queen’s College, CUNY

Session 284 (Waldo Library, Meader Room)
NEH Seminar “The Reformation of the Book” (2009) I: Evaluating the Impact on
Teaching and Research (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Special Collections and Rare Book Dept., Waldo Library, Western
Michigan Univ., and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML)
Organizer: Susan M. B. Steuer, Western Michigan Univ., and Matthew Z.
Heintzelman, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Presider: James K. Bracken, Kent State Univ.
A roundtable discussion with Matthew Z. Heintzelman; Emily C. Francomano,
Georgetown Univ.; Rabia Gregory, Univ. of Missouri–Columbia; Laura Williamson
Ambrose, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame; and John Pendergast, Southern Illinois

3:30 PM

Session 289 (Valley II, 205)
Rhetoric, Authority, and Aesthetics in Medieval Literature
Sponsor: Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, St. Louis Univ.
Organizer: Michael Elam, St. Louis Univ.
Presider: Michael Elam
PAPER 2 OF 4: Kant and the Middle Ages
Peggy A. Knapp, Carnegie Mellon Univ.

Session 297 (Valley I, 109)
Recent Historiography on the Franciscan Movement
Sponsor: Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure Univ.
Organizer: Paul Lachance, OFM, Catholic Theological Union
Presider: Paul Lachance, OFM
Poor Francis: The Adventure (and Misadventure) of the Franciscan Movement,
according to Grado Giovanni Merlo
Michael F. Cusato, OFM, Franciscan Institute, St. Bonaventure Univ.
A Conventional or Unconventional Conventual: Michael Robson’s The
Franciscans in the Middle Ages
Steven J. McMichael, OFM Conv., Univ. of St. Thomas, St. Paul
Gender and the Narrative(s) of Franciscan History: Reflections on The
Franciscan Story of Maurice Carmody, and Others
Lezlie Knox, Marquette Univ.

Session 299 (Valley I, Shilling Lounge)
Bridges to Infinity
Sponsor: International Society of Hildegard von Bingen Studies
Organizer: Pozzi Escot, New England Conservatory
Presider: K. Christian McGuire, Augsburg College
PAPER 3 OF 3: Estampie, Virelai, and Rondelet: Medieval Forms in Contemporary Music
Carson Cooman, Harvard Univ.

Session 300 (Fetzer 1005)
Approaching Six Hundred Years of Joan of Arc, Looking Forward (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: International Joan of Arc Society/Société Internationale de l’étude de
Jeanne d’Arc
Organizer: Jane Marie Pinzino, Florida State Univ.
Presider: Nancy Bradley Warren, Florida State Univ.
Extending Our Knowledge of Joan of Arc Sources
Deborah Fraioli, Simmons College
he Maid Marches On: Joan in Modern France and the USA
Nadia Margolis, Mount Holyoke College
The Communion of Saints in a Modern Age and Heroic Virtue in a Time of War
Nora M. Heimann, Catholic Univ. of America
Joan of Arc, the Eucharist, and Martyrdom
Ann W. Astell, Univ. of Notre Dame
The International Joan of Arc Society in 2012
Jane Marie Pinzino
Looking Back and Looking Forward
Bonnie Wheeler, Southern Methodist Univ.

Session 301 (Fetzer 1010)
Dress and Textiles II: Implications and Interpretations
Sponsor: DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics,
and Fashion)
Organizer: Robin Netherton, DISTAFF
Presider: Robin Netherton
PAPER 4 OF 4: To Be or Not to Be Medieval: Costuming Maid Marian for Film and Television
Sherron Lux, Library, San Jacinto College–North Campus

Session 314 (Schneider 1160)
Modern Reception of Medieval Music
Sponsor: Musicology at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Cathy Ann Elias, DePaul Univ.; Linda Page Cummins, Univ. of Alabama;
and Mary E. Wolinski, Western Kentucky Univ.
Presider: Aleksandra Vojcic, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor
Who Knew Hildegard in the 1870s?
Jennifer Bain, Dalhousie Univ.
Concerning Pitch Context and Tonal Order in Ars Nova Polyphony
Kevin N. Moll, East Carolina Univ.
Morales, Josquin, and the L’homme armé Tradition
Joseph Sargent, Univ. of San Francisco

Session 316 (Schneider 1225)
Imagining Pasts and Futures in Medieval Romance II
Sponsor: Medieval Romance Society
Organizer: Rebecca A. Wilcox, West Texas A&M Univ., Wanchen Tai, Centre for
Medieval Studies, Univ. of York, and Nicola McDonald, Centre for
Medieval Studies, Univ. of York
Presider: Nicola McDonald
PAPER 2 OF 3: Did They Anticipate Our Desire for Them?
Brianna Jewell, Univ. of Texas–Austin
PAPER 3 OF 3: Targeting the Medieval in Halo 2
R. Scott Garbacz, Univ. of Texas–Austin

Session 322 (Schneider 1280)
Returning Heroes: Medieval and Modern in Tolkien’s Legendarium
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Yvette Kisor, Ramapo College
Gandalf’s Sojourn through Purgatory: Medieval and Modern Adventure?
Nicole Andel, Pennsylvania State Univ.
“Well, I’m Back”: Tolkien’s Return Song in Two Part Harmony
Vickie Holtz-Wodzak, Viterbo Univ.
Point of No Return: The Scarred Homecoming in the Writing of J. R. R. Tolkien
Perry Harrison, Abilene Christian Univ.
Making Heroes: The Reception of Returning Soldiers in the Novels of J. R. R.
Tolkien and Virginia Woolf
Margaret Sinex, Western Illinois Univ.

Session 330 (Schneider 2335)
Arthurian Adaptations: Transformation and Interpretation from Text to Film
Sponsor: Arthurian Literature
Organizer: David F. Johnson, Florida State Univ.
Presider: David F. Johnson
Flawless Failure: Guinevere as Warrior-Woman in Antoine Fuqua’s King Arthur
Kimberly T. Anderson, DePaul Univ.
Pendragons at the Chopping Block: Elements of Sir Gawain and the Green
Knight in the BBC’s Merlin
Erin Chandler, Univ. of Illinois–Urbana-Champaign
“Kaamelott”: Revisiting the French Arthurian Tradition
Tara Foster, Northern Michigan Univ.
Post-literary Adaption and Arthurian Film
Kelly E. Hall, Florida State Univ.

Session 332 (Bernhard 105)
Queering the Muse: Medieval Poetry and Contemporary Poetics (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: BABEL Working Group
Organizer: Eileen A. Joy, Southern Illinois Univ.–Edwardsville
Presider: Anna M. Klosowska, Miami Univ. of Ohio
Jack Spicer and Robert Duncan: The Serial, the Field, and the Medieval
Daniel C. Remein, New York Univ.
“Beowulf is a hoax”: Jack Spicer’s Medievalism and Queer Translation
David Hadbawnik, Univ. at Buffalo
Jack Spicer’s Interlinear Death in the Translation of Beowulf
Sean Reynolds, Univ. at Buffalo
Anticipatory Plagiarism and the Ex Post Facto Garde in the Middle Ages
Chris Piuma, Univ. of Toronto
A Basket of Fire: Anne Sexton’s Radical Mysticism
Christopher Roman, Kent State Univ.–Tuscarawas
“Timor mortis conturbat me”: Death, Representational Making, and the Poetics
of the Possible
Katharine W. Jager, Univ. of Houston–Downtown

Session 333 (Bernhard 157)
The Dawn of the Modern Era: Humanism and Early Renaissance in Northern Europe
Sponsor: Fifteenth-Century Studies
Organizer: Mathilde van Dijk, Rijksuniv. Groningen
Presider: Mathilde van Dijk
PAPER 1 OF 3: “King’s Games”: Rhetorical Ethics and Roman Oratory in More’s Richard the Third
Benjamin V. Beier, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison

Session 335 (Bernhard 204)
Teaching Medieval Drama
Sponsor: TEAMS (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages)
Organizer: Anita Obermeier, Univ. of New Mexico, and Laura Weigert, Rutgers
Presider: Laura Weigert
Mankind: The Omnibus Text
Kathleen Ashley, Univ. of Southern Maine
Medieval Drama and Contemporary Dramaturgy: Experiential Learning in the
Twenty-First Century
Edmund B. Lingan, Univ. of Toledo
How to Trust a Medieval Dramatist: The Example of the French Farce
Mario Longtin, Univ. of Western Ontario
Is There a Play in This Book? Editing Lydgate’s Mummings and Entertainments
Claire Sponsler, Univ. of Iowa

Session 336 (Bernhard 208)
Sword in Hand II: Body Mechanics, Weapons Presence, and Purposeful Design in
the Use of the Medieval Longsword (A Demonstration)
Sponsor: Oakeshott Institute
Organizer: Annamaria Kovacs, Independent Scholar
Presider: Annamaria Kovacs
A demonstration with Keith F. Alderson, Oakeshott Institute, and Craig Johnson,
Oakeshott Institute, looking at the role of body mechanics, the weight and balance
of the longsword, and the manifestation of these in production by demonstrating
and discussing the manner in which these weapons were intended to be used. Grips,
stances, blocking, and attacking using the longsword will be shown.

Session 340 (Bernhard, Brown & Gold Room)
In Memory of Charles Muscatine III: Teaching Medieval Literature
Sponsor: Chaucer Review
Organizer: David Raybin, Eastern Illinois Univ., and Susanna Fein, Kent State Univ.
Presider: David Raybin
Bridging the Gap: Chaucer, Medieval Literature, and the Undergraduate
John M. Fyler, Tufts Univ.
The First Published Chaucerian (1665): Richard Brathwait as Frustrated
Betsy Bowden, Rutgers Univ.–Camden
The Holes in the Miller’s Tale: Who Does What to Which?
Peter G. Beidler, Lehigh Univ., and Grace Hall, Abilene Christian Univ.
Teaching Chaucer at a Minority-Serving Institution
Robert Jacob McDonie, Univ. of Texas, Pan American

Session 341 (Waldo Library, Meader Room)
NEH Seminar “The Reformation of the Book” (2009) II: Research Results
Sponsor: Special Collections and Rare Book Dept., Waldo Library, Western
Michigan Univ., and the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library (HMML)
Organizer: Susan M. B. Steuer, Western Michigan Univ., and Matthew Z.
Heintzelman, Hill Museum & Manuscript Library
Presider: Matthew Z. Heintzelman
Sisters, Printers, and Pious Little Books
Rabia Gregory, Univ. of Missouri–Columbia
Marlowe’s Tamburlaine the Great and the Spectacle of Print
John Pendergast, Southern Illinois Univ.–Edwardsville
Keeping up the Scribal Standard in the St. John’s College, Oxford, Copy of
Caxton’s Second Edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales
Alexander Vaughn Ames, Univ. of South Carolina–Columbia
Travel in Time: The Form of Local Travel and Early English Almanacs
Laura Williamson Ambrose, St. Mary’s College, Notre Dame

5:15 PM

Valley III. Eldridge Lounges
Chaucer Aloud in Honor of Alan Gaylord (A Workshop)
Sponsor: Chaucer Studio
Organizer: Alan Baragona, Virginia Military Institute;
Thomas J. Farrell, Stetson Univ.; Susan
Yager, Iowa State Univ.
Presider: Alan Baragona
Conducted in honor of Alan T. Gaylord, the long-time
organizer of these workshops, the aim of this workshop is
to practice reading Chaucer out loud, with attention given to
matters of pronunciation, scansion, and oral interpretation—
not to mention the pure fun of the poetry! The workshop,
which will run several concurrent small sections, is for
all interested parties (including graduate students) but is
particularly aimed at teachers desiring to brush up on their
classroom delivery. Those interested should pre-register with
Alan Bargona at .

5:45 PM

Fetzer 1055
Medieval Dress/Textile Arts Display and Demonstration
Sponsor: DISTAFF (Discussion, Interpretation, and
Study of Textile Arts, Fabrics, and Fashion)
Organizer: Robin Netherton, DISTAFF
Presider: Robin Netherton
A display of reproduction textile and dress items,
handmade using medieval methods and materials. Items
will include textiles, decorative treatments, garments, and
dress accessories. Exhibitors will demonstrate techniques
and be available to discuss the use of historical evidence
in reproducing artifacts of material culture.

7:30 PM

Valley III, Stinson Lounge
Performing Malory’s Morte Darthur: Tales of Sir Gawain (A Readers’ Theater Performance)
Organizer: Leila K. Norako, Univ. of Rochester, and
Michael W. Twomey, Ithaca College
Presider: Leila K. Norako and Michael W. Twomey
A readers’ theater performance with Stephen Atkinson, Park
Univ.: Alison A. Baker, California State Polytechnic Univ.–
Pomona; Kristi J. Castleberry, Univ. of Rochester; Kimberly
Jack, Independent Scholar; Timothy R. Jordan, Kent State
Univ.; John Leland, Salem International Univ.; Maud Burnett
McInerney, Haverford College; Kara L. McShane, Univ. of
Rochester; Meredith Reynolds, Francis Marion Univ.; Rebecca L.
Reynolds, Univ. of Cincinnati; Paul R. Thomas, Brigham Young
Univ.; Katie Lyn Peebles, Marymount Univ.

Fetzer 1005
Film Screening: The Devils (1971)

Fetzer 1010
Tolkien Unbound
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Robin Anne Reid
Maidens of Middle-earth
Eileen Marie Moore, Independent Scholar
The Lay of Aotrou and Itroun
John D. Rateliff, Independent Scholar; Verlyn Flieger, Univ.
of Maryland; and Deidre Dawson, Michigan State Univ.
Music Inspired by the Works of J.R.R. Tolkien
Brad Eden, Univ. of California–Santa Barbara
“Where Did Our Ring Go?”: The Motown Tolkien
Mike Foster, Independent Scholar; Merlin DeTardo,
Independent Scholar; Jo Foster, Independent Scholar; and
Amy Amendt-Raduege, Whatcom Community College
a cash bar will be available

Kalamazoo 2011 Thursday Sessions

The following represents the first set of medievalism-themed and pedagogical-themed sessions for this week's International Congress on Medieval Studies being held from Wednesday through Sunday at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo. The complete schedule for the week can be accessed at


10:00 AM

Session 7 (Valley II, 204)
In Honor of Jane Chance (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Gergely Nagy, Szegedi Tudományegyetem
A roundtable discussion with Deanne Delmar Evans, Bemidji State Univ.; Edward L.
Risden, St. Norbert College (“Medieval Women, Its Impact on Medieval Studies and
Medievalism”); Kristine Larsen, Central Connecticut State Univ. (“Mythography and
Middle-earth”); Christopher Vaccaro, Univ. of Vermont (“A Hobbit Hole of One’s
Own: Identity, Gender, and Difference in Middle-earth Studies”); Verlyn Flieger,
Univ. of Maryland; and Joe Ricke, Taylor Univ.

Session 17 (Valley I, 107)
Staging History: The Shakespeare Experience
Sponsor: Shakespeare at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Kirilka Stavreva, Cornell College
Presider: Joseph F. Stephenson, Abilene Christian Univ.
The Welsh Paradox in Shakespeare’s Tudor Adaptation in 1 Henry IV
Jason R. Gildow, Independent Scholar
Shakespeare’s Elizabeth in 3 Henry VI and Richard III: Doting Mother?
Temptress? Witch? “Poor Painted Queen”? Dynasty Maker?
Nancy Hayes, St. Ambrose Univ.
Staging Shakespeare Staging the Middle Ages: Richard III, Richard III, and
Richard J. Ellman, Univ. of Notre Dame

Session 26 (Fetzer 2016)
The Medievalism of J. K. Rowling’s Harry Potter Novels
Organizer: Carol R. Dover, Georgetown Univ.
Presider: Carol R. Dover
Harry Potter and The Pardoner’s Tale: Medieval Narrative Structure as a Tool
for Teaching Character Lessons to Adolescents
Stephanie M. Anderson, Univ. of Houston
The Deathly Hallows and the Dagda’s Staff
Phillip A. Bernhardt-House, Independent Scholar
Growing Up in the Mead Hall: Literary Roots of Hogwarts’ Great Hall
Hannah Oliver, American Univ.
Genre and the Heroes in Harry Potter
Ushna Vishnuvajjala, American Univ.

Session 30 (Schneider 1220)
Merlin: (Forms of) Discourse
Sponsor: Société Internationale des Amis de Merlin
Organizer: Anne Berthelot, Univ. of Connecticut
Presider: Florence Marsal, Univ. of Connecticut
PAPER 4 OF 4:Closeting Magic: A Look at BBC’s Merlin
Christina Francis, Bloomsburg Univ. of Pennsylvania

Session 36 (Schneider 2345)
Teaching Medieval Studies in the Increasingly Secular Classroom (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: TEAMS (The Consortium for the Teaching of the Middle Ages)
Organizer: Benjamin Ambler, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan Univ., and Anita
Obermeier, Univ. of New Mexico
Presider: Timothy C. Graham, Univ. of New Mexico
A roundtable discussion with John R. Black, Moravian College; Thomas N. Hall,
Univ. of Notre Dame; Anne F. Harris, DePauw Univ.; Henry Ansgar Kelly, Univ. of
California–Los Angeles; and Jan Volek, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan Univ.

1:30 PM

Session 51 (Valley II, 201)
Medieval Studies in the Middle and Secondary School Curriculum (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: NEH Summer Seminar on the Isle of Man: Crossroads of Medieval
Cultures and Languages
Organizer: Clinton Atchley, Henderson State Univ.
Presider: Clinton Atchley
A roundtable discussion with Sheryl Craig, National Endowment for the Humanities
Seminar Participant; Alan Hickerson, Athens Academy; Kathryn E. Pokalo,
Conestoga High School; Laurel Wing Schooler, Madison Central High School;
Elizabeth Humphrey, Staples High School; and Earl D. Brogan, Finlandia Univ.

Session 64 (Valley I, 107)
Shakespeare’s Middle Ages
Sponsor: Shakespeare at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Kirilka Stavreva, Cornell College
Presider: Carole Levin, Univ. of Nebraska–Lincoln
Historical Retelling and the Rhetoric of Sovereignty in 2 and 3 Henry VI
Kavita Mudan, Univ. of Oxford
“Jesu, The Days That We Have Seen”: Justice Shallow as Historian in 2 Henry IV
Nora L. Corrigan, Mississippi Univ. for Women
“A woman clad in armor chaseth them”: Gloriana, La Pucelle, and the Myth of
the Monstrous Woman
Dianne Berg, Clark Univ.
Echoing Boethius in Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream
Linda Shenk, Iowa State Univ.

Session 69 (Fetzer 1010)
Seducing the Students through Neo-medievalism (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization (MEMO)
Organizer: Lauryn S. Mayer, Washington and Jefferson College
Presider: Lauryn S. Mayer
A roundtable discussion with Pamela Clements, Siena College; Keith Russo, Western
Michigan Univ.; Robin Michelle Blanchard, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan
Univ.; Jason P. Pitruzzello, Univ. of Houston; and Carol L. Robinson, Kent State

Session 73 (Fetzer 2016)
Languages in Tolkien’s Legendarium
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Benjamin S. W. Barootes, McGill Univ.
The Pleasure and the Poetics of Translating Old Norse
Mary Faraci, Florida Atlantic Univ.
The Origins of the Name “Thrihyrne” in The Lord of the Rings in Relation to
the Icelandic Sagas
Tsukusu Jinn Itó, Shinshu Daigaku
Dunlendish and Sindarin: Tolkien’s Diptych of British-Welsh
Yoko Hemmi, Keio Univ.

Session 81 (Schneider 1325)
Brainstorming Early Drama: Cognitive Approaches
Sponsor: Comparative Drama
Organizer: Eve Salisbury, Western Michigan Univ.
Presider: Anthony Ellis, Western Michigan Univ.
PAPER 1 OF 3: Cognitive Theory, Medievalism, and Evangelical Dramaturgy
Jill Stevenson, Marymount Manhattan College

Session 87 (Bernhard 204)
Music Education and Pedagogy
Sponsor: Musicology at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Cathy Ann Elias, DePaul Univ.; Linda Page Cummins, Univ. of Alabama;
and Mary E. Wolinski, Western Kentucky Univ.
Presider: Linda Page Cummins
The Monochord in the Medieval Classroom
Kate McWilliams, Independent Scholar
The Monochord in the Modern Classroom
Russell E. Murray, Jr., Univ. of Delaware
Conceptualizing Medieval Repertoire in a Twenty-First-Century Classroom
Aleksandra Vojcic, Univ. of Michigan–Ann Arbor

3:30 PM

Session 98 (Valley II, 201)
Teaching Medieval Studies at a Regional Campus (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Medieval Studies, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.–Fort Wayne
Organizer: Damian Fleming, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.–Fort Wayne
Presider: Damian Fleming
Sex and Cake (and Other Ways to Engage Students with Medieval Literature)
Annalisa Castaldo, Widener Univ.
“Fro Wo to Wele, and After Out of Ioye”: Engaging Multi-Level Students in the
Middle Ages
Diana Vecchio, Widener Univ.
From Border to Center: Taking Medieval Studies at a Regional Campus to the
National Stage
Matthew V. Desing, Univ. of Texas–El Paso
Teaching Medieval Literature
Mikee Delony, Abilene Christian Univ.
Teaching Medieval History at a Regional Institution
Suzanne LaVere, Indiana Univ.-Purdue Univ.–Fort Wayne
Teaching Medieval Latin at the Regional University
Rebecca Stephenson, Univ. of Louisiana–Monroe

Session 100 (Valley II, 203)
Teaching Medieval Exegesis (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Society for the Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages (SSBMA)
Organizer: Paul Hilliard, Univ. of St. Mary of the Lake, Mundelein Seminary
Presider: Devorah Schoenfeld, Loyola Univ. Chicago
A roundtable discussion with Karen M. Kletter, Methodist Univ.; Jane Beal,
Independent Scholar; and Frans van Liere, Calvin College.

Session 111 (Valley I, 107)
Hamlet: Pre-texts, Texts, and After-Texts
Sponsor: Shakespeare at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Kirilka Stavreva, Cornell College
Presider: Kirilka Stavreva
Q1 and the Icelandic Trickster
Ian Felce, Univ. of Cambridge
Leaving Denmark for Rome: Hamlet’s Early International Lives
Russ Leo, Princeton Univ.
“What warlike noise is this?” The Significance of Rumors of War in
Shakespeare’s Hamlet and Richard II
Jonathan Snyder, Abilene Christian Univ.
Reviving Ophelia: Margaret Clarke’s and Jean Bett’s Feminist Inflections
Anna Riehl Bertolet, Auburn Univ.

Session 116 (Fetzer 1010)
Fantastic Histories
Sponsor: Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization (MEMO)
Organizer: Lauryn S. Mayer, Washington and Jefferson College
Presider: Lauryn S. Mayer
The Science of Digital Magic: Curing the Plague in Baldur’s Gate and
Neverwinter Nights
Matthew M. Feehley, Youngstown State Univ.
The Mechano-Medieval versus Industrial Apocalypse in World of Warcraft
N. M. Heckel, American Military Univ.
Templars and Transnational Corporations: Dreaming the Third Crusade in
Assassin’s Creed
Harry J. Brown, Depauw Univ.
Revisiting th Great World of Warcraft Kerfuffle of 2006: Space Goats,
Outlandish History, and Narrative Authority in Contemporary Neomedievalist
Kevin A. Moberly, Old Dominion Univ., and Brent A. Moberly, Indiana Univ.–
Gentlemen of the Road: Fantastic History in Progress
Pamela Clements, Siena College

Session 120 (Fetzer 2016)
Romantic Nationalism in Tolkien’s Legendarium
Sponsor: Tolkien at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Robin Anne Reid, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
Presider: Douglas Anderson, Independent Scholar
Herder, Hiawatha, Húrin, and Hobbits: Teaching Tolkien as a Romantic
John William Houghton, Hill School
Kipling, Tolkien, and Romantic Anglo-Saxonism
Dimitra Fimi, Univ. of Wales Institute, Cardiff
Macpherson and Tolkien: A Tale of Two Legendariums
John D. Rateliff, Independent Scholar
Rhetoric of the Rings: J.R R. Tolkien’s Allegories of Reading
Craig Franson, La Salle Univ.

Session 127 (Schneider 1280)
Modern Translations and Re-translations of Medieval Literature
Sponsor: International Courtly Literature Society, North American Branch
Organizer: Maureen Boulton, Univ. of Notre Dame
Presider: Maureen Boulton
“Gay Knights” and Cross-Dressers: The Untranslated Episodes in Ulrich von
Liechtenstein’s Frauendienst
James L. Frankki, Sam Houston State Univ.
Meditative Reframing: Chardri’s Vie des Sept Dormanz and Twain’s Innocents
Abbey C. von Gohren, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin Cities/Univ. de Paris IV–
Translating the Duel: Honor to the Victor!
Raymond J. Cormier, Longwood Univ.

Session 136 (Bernhard 210)
The Crusades in Film
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Nickolas Haydock, Univ. de Puerto Rico–Mayagüez
Presider: Nickolas Haydock
He Wears the Mask that Grins and Lies: Baldwin IV in Ridley Scott’s Kingdom
of Heaven
Angel Matos Caro, Univ. de Puerto Rico–Mayagüez
Changing Rooms: The Glam, Sack Cloth, and Iron Clothing of Fashionable
Film Medievalism
Yalitza Y. Santos, Univ. de Puerto Rico–Mayagüez
Soldier of God: The Crisis of Faith
Stephania Uwakweh, Univ. de Puerto Rico–Mayagüez
Christianity, Templars, and the Crusades in Assassin’s Creed and Kingdom of
Wilmarie Cruz Franceschi, Univ. de Puerto Rico–Mayagüez

Session 139 (Bernhard 213)
The Re-invention of Medieval Texts
Sponsor: Italians and Italianists at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Jelena Todorovic, Univ. of Wisconsin–Madison
Presider: Jelena Todorovic
Restorations and Distinctiones in Monte Andrea’s Rime
Beatrice Arduini, Tulane Univ.
Bidart Reads Dante: Contemporary Reception of the Vita nuova
Lisa Ampleman, Univ. of Cincinnati
Re-inventing and Re-mediating Dante: From the Commedia to Video Games
and Back
Marina Della Putta Johnston, Univ. of Pennsylvania

7:30 PM

Film Screening (Fetzer 1005): The Mighty (1998)

Session 142 (Valley II, 200)
A Tale of Two Edwards: A Roundtable Commemorating the Publication of the Yale
Biographies of Edward II and Edward III
Sponsor: Society of the White Hart
Organizer: Mark Arvanigian, California State Univ.–Fresno
Presider: Mark Arvanigian
A roundtable discussion with Jeffrey Hamilton, Baylor Univ.; Seymour Phillips,
Univ. College Dublin; Michael Bennett, Univ. of Tasmania; Joel T. Rosenthal, Stony
Brook Univ.; and Ralph Griffiths, Swansea Univ.

Session 143 (Valley II, 207)
Women in the Academy: The Past, Present, and Future of Female Scholars in
Medieval Studies (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Medieval Academy Graduate Student Committee
Organizer: Karrie Fuller, Univ. of Notre Dame
Presider: Karrie Fuller
A roundtable discussion with Bonnie Wheeler, Southern Methodist Univ.; Dyan
Elliott, Northwestern Univ.; Danielle Joyner, Univ. of Notre Dame; Barbara
Newman, Northwestern Univ.; and Ruth Mazo Karras, Univ. of Minnesota–Twin

Session 144 (Valley I, 105)
Readers’ Theater Performance of the Digby Conversion of Saint Paul (followed by a
Roundtable Discussion)
Sponsor: Chaucer Studio
Organizer: Warren Edminster, Murray State Univ.
Presider: Warren Edminster
A readers’ theater performance with Thomas J. Farrell, Stetson Univ.; Alan
Baragona, Virginia Military Institute; Gloria J. Betcher, Iowa State Univ.; D. Thomas
Hanks, Jr., Baylor Univ.; Susan Yager, Iowa State Univ.; Joe Ricke, Taylor Univ.;
Justin Brent, Presbyterian College; Carolyn Coulson-Grigsby, Shenandoah Univ.;
and Patricia H. Ward, College of Charleston.

Session 145 (Valley I, 107)
Reader’s Theater Performance of Paul Menzer’s Shakespeare on Ice
Sponsor: Shakespeare at Kalamazoo
Organizer: Kirilka Stavreva, Cornell College
Presider: Kirilka Stavreva
A reader’s theater performance of Shakespeare on Ice by Paul Menzer, Mary
Baldwin College.

Session 148 (Fetzer 1055)
Festive Video Game Workshop
Sponsor: Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization (MEMO)
Organizer: Lauryn S. Mayer, Washington and Jefferson College
Presider: Lauryn S. Mayer
Neomedieval Linux: Open Source/Free Software Medievalist Video Games
Carol L. Robinson, Kent State Univ.–Trumbull
A Narrative of One’s Own: Finding a Spot for Player Heroes in Tolkien’s Lord
of the Rings
N. M. Heckel, American Military Univ.
What if the Middle Ages Never Ended? Or Ended Early? The Middle Ages
as a Springboard for Renaissance Imperialism and Religious War in Europa
Universalis III
Jason P. Pitruzzello, Univ. of Houston
Digital Magic
Matthew M. Feehley, Youngstown State Univ.
So That We May Experience Them: The Cultural and Educational Value of
Medieval Video Games
Robin Michelle Blanchard, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan Univ.
Assessing Student-Created Games
Lesley A. Coote, Univ. of Hull
Playing Around with the Neomedieval
Pamela Clements, Siena College

Session 150 (Fetzer 2020)
The Pearl-Poems: Manuscripts, Editions, Translations
Sponsor: Pearl-Poet Society
Organizer: Travis W. Johnson, Univ. of Iowa
Presider: Katherine Gubbels, Univ. of Iowa
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight: Lost and Found in Translation
Florence Newman, Towson Univ.
Editing the Pearl-Poems With High Quality Digital Manuscript Images
Murray McGillivray, Univ. of Calgary, and Kenna L. Olsen, Mount Royal Univ.
The Significance of “Oyster”: Transcription Anomaly, Critical Nexus, and the
Use of Digital Facsimile in the Study of Cotton Nero A.x.
Lisa Horton, Western Michigan Univ.

Session 158 (Schneider 1325)
The Rhetoric of Knighthood
Organizer: Stephanie Ebersohl, Univ. of Illinois–Springfield, and Elizabeth Thai,
Univ. of Illinois–Springfield
Presider: Julie Perino, Univ. of Illinois–Springfield
PAPER 3 OF 3: Knighthood Continued: The Endurance of the Chivalric in Early Stuart England
Geoffrey B. Elliot, Technical Career Institutes, New York City

Session 161 (Bernhard 105)
The Cid: National Hero of Spain
Sponsor: Texas Medieval Association (TEMA)
Organizer: Paul E. Larson, Baylor Univ.
Presider: Carlos Hawley Colon, North Dakota State Univ.
Chaucer and El Cid: The Petrus Alfonsi Connection
White d’Andra, Texas A&M Univ.–Commerce
The Cid, Franco, and Charleton Heston: Using a Medieval Hero to Fight the
Cold War
Paul E. Larson
La religiosidad: Tinte propagandista en el Poema de mio Cid
Jaime Leanos, Univ. of Nevada–Reno

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Medievalism at PCA/ACA

There were a number of medievalism-themed sessions at last month's Joint Conference of the National Popular Culture & American Culture Association and the Southwest/Texas Popular Culture & American Culture Association held in San Antonio, Texas, from 4/20-23/11. Unfortunately, I cannot copy and paste from the PDF version of the program to list these sessions. The complete program can be accessed at Many of the sessions are listed under the Medieval Popular Culture Area.

Monday, May 9, 2011

CFP Treatment of Medieval Poetry in the Modern World (5/31/11; SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2011)

Treatment of Medieval Poetry in the Modern World (SAMLA Nov. 4-6, 2011)
full name / name of organization:
Carola Mattord / Kennesaw State University
contact email:

In the wake of Peter Ackroyd’s prose translation of The Canterbury Tales, Dante’s Inferno video game, and Baba Brinkman’s The Rap Canterbury Tales, this session will explore the various treatments of medieval poetry in the modern world and/or the value (or cause for concern) that these treatments, whether visual, textual, audio, etc., bring to producing access for a wider modern audience. Perspectives or reflections on various treatments of medieval poetry in the university classroom setting are also welcome. Please send 250-word proposal by May 30, 2011.

CFP All Your History Are Belong to Us: The Middle Ages, Medievalism, and Digital Gaming (Collection)

All Your History Are Belong to Us: The Middle Ages, Medievalism, and Digital Gaming

CFP: All Your History Are Belong to Us: The Middle Ages, Medievalism, and Digital Gaming

The Middle Ages remains a vibrant presence in contemporary culture, and while cinematic medievalism has been intensively investigated in the last decade, digital gaming has received relatively little attention despite its widespread cultural impact. For example, the video game market now grosses more domestically than Hollywood, and World of Warcraft boasts more than 12 million monthly paying subscribers (25 million total units). Gaming theory too has seen its share of innovation, and digital technologies are now a regular feature of higher education and cultural studies. Medievalism, in its various guises, has also been the subject of intense scrutiny in anthologies by Anke Bernau and Bettina Bildhauer, Medieval Film (2009); Karl Fugelso, Memory and Medievalism (2007); and David Marshall, Mass Market Medieval Essays on the Middle Ages in Popular Culture (2007). Further, the turn toward speculative medievalisms, object-oriented philosophy, and Actor-Network Theory has initiated new methodologies, raised new questions, and offered new possibilities for understanding actor-actant networks and overcoming the subject-object distinction, all of which enrich our understanding of digital and historical realities and problematize traditional understandings of subjectivity, temporality, and textuality.

A few of the more popular medievally-inflected gaming titles (and series) include:

• Age of Empires: Age of Kings
• Diablo
• MediEvil
• Arthur: Quest for Excalibur
• Dragon Age
• Medieval Total War
• Assassin's Creed
• Dungeon Siege
• Morrowind
• Baldur's Gate
• Dynasty Warriors
• Oblivion
• Beowulf
• Elder Scrolls
• Sims Medieval
• Civilization
• Fable
• Shogun Total War
• Dante's Inferno
• Jeanne d'Arc
• Stronghold
• Dark Age of Camelot
• Lionheart: Legacy of the Crusader
• Warcraft & World of Warcraft

I am soliciting 500 word proposals for a volume dealing with the Middle Ages, medievalism, and contemporary digital gaming, broadly defined. Some possibilities include:

• Gaming and medieval texts; medieval texts and digital textualities
• Gaming genres (Sword and sorcery/fantasy games, etc.), game types (MMORPG, FPS, RPG, RTS, stealth, survival/horror, etc.), single-player/cooperative/multiplayer games
• Gaming, speculative medievalisms, and counterfactual history
• Gaming, secret societies, arcane religions, and the 'templarization' of history (Dead Space, Mass Effect, and others)
• Gaming, digital sociologies, and electronic epistemologies
• Gaming, object-oriented philosophy, complexity, and Actor-Network Theory
• Gaming, digital communities, and electronic subjectivities
• Gaming, gender, sexuality, class, age; trans-developmental and trans-temporal subjectivities
• Gaming and race and nation; digital orientalism and postcolonialism; space-based societies
• Gaming and cross-platform media (games and/as film tie-ins)
• Gaming and pedagogy
• Gaming, discursive/symbolic violence, and ethics
• Gaming, social simulations, LARPing and LARPers (Live-Action Role Playing & Players)
• Gaming and cheats, glitches, hacks, mods
• Gaming, the academy, medievalism, and generational divides.

Please send your proposals (and any questions) to Dan Kline, University of Alaska, Department of English, 3211 Providence Drive, ADM 101-H, Anchorage, AK 99508 at by May 1, 2011.

Please cross-post freely

CFP Battle of Agincourt Collection (no date)

Battle of Agincourt
full name / name of organization:
Tad Tuleja/Independent
contact email:

For a book marking the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt (1415), I am seeking essays providing novel, interdisciplinary perspectives on this pivotal event in European history. I welcome chapter ideas from scholars in the humanities, social sciences, and cultural studies. Please send queries or brief abstracts to

CFP: Recasting the Past: Early Modern to Postmodern Medievalisms Conference (Proposals by 5/13/11)

[UPDATE] Recasting the Past: Early Modern to Postmodern Medievalisms 7-8 September 2011

Recasting the Past: Early Modern to Postmodern Medievalisms

A Conference supported by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) at the University of Exeter

7-8 September 2011

In 1649, the radical Digger movement called on the people of England to ‘throw down that Norman yoke’; in 1849, at the launch of the periodical the Anglo-Saxon, its British readers were addressed as ‘Anglo-Saxons all’; and in 2009, a cover story for Harpers magazine accused American soldiers in Afghanistan of acting ‘exactly like the crusaders of 1096’.
This AHRC-supported conference will draw together research examining how, from the Renaissance to the present, historical narratives about Britain’s ‘medieval’ past have been drawn on to foster communal identities; to fuel, legitimate or oppose social and political change; and to resist or moderate the forces of modernity. Confirmed speakers include Rosemary Hill, author of God’s Architect: Pugin and the Building of Romantic Britain (2007) and Bruce Holsinger, author of The Premodern Condition: Medievalism and the Making of Theory (2005).
Proposals for individual papers of 20 minutes or 3-paper panels are invited. Possible topics might include:

• The formation of regional and national identities
• The politics of Pre-Raphaelitism
• Gothic architecture
• The reception of historical medieval figures – King Alfred, Richard III, the Black Prince, etc
• The social/political agendas of translation and editing projects
• The uses of chivalry, monasticism, feudalism, etc in post-medieval thought and praxis
• The establishment of medieval-inspired institutions and associations
• The social uses of King Arthur, Robin Hood and other medieval myths/legends/folklore

Please send proposals of 200-300 words to Dr Joanne Parker, Dr Philip Schwyzer, and Dr Corinna Wagner at by Friday, 13 May 2011. We will notify delegates of their acceptance by 29 May.

Each year the AHRC provides funding from the Government to support research and postgraduate study in the arts and humanities. Only applications of the highest quality are funded and the range of research supported by this investment of public funds not only provides social and cultural benefits but also contributes to the economic success of the UK. For further information on the
AHRC, please go to:

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Medievalism in the Latest Number of Mythlore

The latest issue of Mythlore 29.3-4 (Spring/Summer 2011) was mailed to subscribers this week and includes a number of essays exploring the influence of medieval literature on the writings of both J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis. Full details at the Science Fiction, Fantasy, & Legend Area Blog.

Comics Get Medieval 2012 Call for Papers

The Virtual Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages is pleased to announce our sponsorship of sessions under the theme of "The Comics Get Medieval 2012: A Celebration of Medieval-Themed Comics in Commemoration of the 75th Anniversary of Prince Valiant" for the 2012 Joint Meeting of the Popular Culture Association / American Culture Association to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, from 4-7 April 2012.

Complete details can be accessed at The Medieval Comics Project Blog at