Monday, January 23, 2012

Medievalisms by Pugh and Weisl

Coming later this year:

By Tison Pugh, Angela Weisl

To Be Published August 15th 2012 by Routledge – 208 pages
Purchasing Options:
Paperback: 978-0-415-61727-7: $31.95 
Hardback: 978-0-415-61726-0: $120.00


From King Arthur and Robin Hood, through to video games and jousting-themed restaurants, medieval culture continues to surround us and has retained a strong influence on literature and culture throughout the ages.

This fascinating and illuminating guide is written by two of the leading contemporary scholars of medieval literature, and explores:
  • The influence of medieval cultural concepts on literature and film, including key authors such as Shakespeare, Tennyson, and Mark Twain
  • The continued appeal of medieval cultural figures such as Dante, King Arthur, and Robin Hood
  • The influence of the medieval on such varied disciplines such as politics, music, children’s literature, and art.
  • Contemporary efforts to relive the Middle Ages.
Medievalisms: Making the Past in the Present surveys the critical field and sets the boundaries for future study, providing an essential background for literary study from the medieval period through to the twenty-first century.

1. Medievalisms: The Magic of the Middle Ages 
2. A Case Study of Dante: Naked Icons of Medievalism 
3. Literary Medievalisms: Inventing Inspirations 
4. "Medieval" Literature for Children and Young Adults: Fantasies of Innocence 
5. King Arthur’s and Robin Hood’s Adventures in Medievalism: Mythic Masculinities (and Magical Femininities) 
6. Movie Medievalisms: Five (or Six) Ways of Looking at an Anachronism 
7. Medievalisms in Music and the Arts: Longing for Transcendence 
8. Experiential Medievalisms: Reliving the Always Modern Middle Ages 
9. Political Medievalisms: The Darkness of the Dark Ages


Tison Pugh is Professor of English at the University of Central Florida, USA.

Angela Jane Weisl is Professor of English at Seton Hall University, USA.

Sunday, January 22, 2012

SMART 2011 Issues

Here are the details on the 2011 issues of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching:

Fall 2011 (Volume 18, Issue 2)

(guest edited by Barbara Stevenson)
BARBARA STEVENSON Introduction to Teaching Italy
MARY BETH LONG Gum-Poppers Deserve their Own Level of Hell: Teaching the Inferno to Baptists
BARBARA STEVENSON Representations of Saladin in the (New) Middle Ages
KURT M. BOUGHAN Teaching Goro Dati’s Libro segreto
KATHRYN A. HALL Teaching Christine de Pizan and the Text via Late Medieval Book Production in Bologna and Paris
CARL GRINDLEY The Whisper Game: Teaching Stemmatics
DARCI N. HILL Altered Arguments: A Textual Analysis of George Herbert’s “Man”
JAY RUUD “A Great Flash of Understanding”: Teaching Dante and Mysticism
ALEXANDRA COOK “Why Study the Middle Ages?”  On Re-Imagining the Medieval Literature Survey
JOHN M. GANIM Book Review:  Illustrating Camelot, by Barbara Tepa Lupack with
Alan Lupack
ANTHONY J. CÁRDINAS-ROTTUNNO Book Review:  The Arts of Intimacy: Christians, Jews, and Muslims in the Making of Castilian Culture, by Jerrilyn D. Dodds, María Rosa Menocal, and Abigail Krasner Balbale
LESLEY A. COOTE Book Review:  Shakespeare Films in the Making: Vision, Production and Reception, by Russell Jackson
GWENDOLYN MORGAN Book Review:  Key Concepts in Medieval Literature, by Elizabeth Solopova and Stuart D. Lee
EDWARD CHRISTIE Book Review:  Imaginary Worlds in Medieval Books: Exploring the Manuscript Matrix, by Martha Dana Rust
ROBERT GRAYBILL Book Review:  The Medieval British Literature Handbook, edited by Daniel T. Kline

Spring 2011 (Volume 18, Issue 1)

(guest edited by Michael Matto)
MICHAEL MATTO Foreword: Teaching Postcolonial History of the English Language
ANDREW TROUP Postcolonial HEL: Where Do I Find Room on My Syllabus?
ELISE E. MORSE-GAGNÉ From Sutton Hoo to Tougaloo: Teaching HEL at an HBCU
ROBERT STANTON Teaching Varieties of English in the HEL Classroom
K. AARON SMITH Standardization after 1600 and Its Effects on Two Domains of English Linguistic Structure
JOSHUA PARENS Showing Students the Importance of Political Philosophy in Medieval Islamic and Jewish Philosophy
JANE BLANCHARD Staying on Course with Spenser
GAVIN T. RICHARDSON Practical Paleography in the Chaucer Classroom
JENNY ADAMS Breaking the Waves: Margery Kempe Goes South
ROBERT BRAID Book Review:  Deviance and Power in Late Medieval London, by Frank Rexroth, translated by Pamela E. Selwyn
NIALL SHANKS Book Review:  The Black Death  1346–1353: The Complete History, by Ole J. Benedictow
MEL STORM Book Review:  Chaucerian Spaces: Spatial Poetics in Chaucer’s Opening Tales, by William F. Woods
AMY MORRIS Book Review:  Mary Queen of Scots: An Illustrated Life, by Susan Doran
REBECCA BRUNSON Book Review:  The Yale Companion to Chaucer, edited by Seth Lerer
DAVID J. DUNCAN Book Review:  The Seventh Crusade, 1244–1254: Sources and Documents, edited by Peter Jackson
CATHERINE R. ESKIN Book Review:  Romance for Sale in Early Modern England: The Rise of Prose Fiction, by Steve Mentz
GWENDOLYN MORGAN Book Review:  Erotic Discourse and Early English Religious Writing, by Lara Farina