Saturday, April 27, 2013

SMART for Spring 2013

News on the latest issue from


The Spring 2013 issue of Volume 20 of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching features a unique collection of articles on teaching the Middle Ages at minority-serving colleges and universities, guest edited by James M. Palmer and Pearl Ratunil. These essays originated from two NEH-sponsored roundtables focusing on the exchange of ideas regarding the teaching and study of medieval texts at minority-serving colleges. Their aim is to understand the position of medieval texts, especially those by Chaucer, in classrooms not dominated by one particular ideology of race. The interest of the authors is “not in creating more occasions of alienation for minority students but in empowering students to understand ethnic and racial differences through the acquisition of knowledge.” Special thanks to Professors Palmer and Ratunil for organizing and facilitating the completion of this collection.
This issue of SMART also includes three additional fine pedagogical articles on teaching The Man of Law’s Tale, teaching Milton alongside anti-misogyny literature, and teaching Chaucer out loud, as well as three excellent book reviews.

Teaching the Middle Ages at Minority-Serving Colleges and Universities

James M. Palmer and Pearl Ratunil, Guest Editors

JAMES M. PALMER and PEARL RATUNIL Introduction: Teaching the Middle Ages at Minority-Serving Colleges and Universities
PEARL RATUNIL “There the White Folks Go Again”: Medieval Studies and the Minority Student
MARY BEHRMAN Thanne Longen Morehouse Men to Goon on Pilgrimages
DONNA CRAWFORD Crossing the “Grisly Rokkes Blak”: Teaching Chaucer at an HBCU
MARY C. OLSON Is Relevance Relevant? Teaching the Middle Ages at an HBCU
KEN A. GRANT Dispelling the Myths: Medieval Studies at a Predominantly Hispanic University
BARBARA A. GOODMAN Fostering Medieval Studies within “Sondry” General Education Curricula
NICOLE CLIFTON Teaching The Man of Law’s Tale
NATHANIAL B. SMITH The Eve Debates: Teaching Milton alongside Anti-Misogyny Literature
BERNARD LEWIS Teaching Chaucer Out Loud
JAY RUUD Book Review:  Logic and Humour  in the Fabliaux: An Essay in Applied Narratology, by Roy J. Pearcy
ELIZABETH HYDE Book Review:  The Hammer of Witches: A Complete Translation of the Malleus Maleficarum, by Christopher S. Mackay
TRACEY R. SANDS Book Review:  The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman, by Nancy Marie Brown

Both spring and fall 2013 issues of SMART are included in the yearly subscription price of $25 for individuals, $30 for libraries and centers, and $30 for subscriptions outside of the United States. Prepayment is required.

SMART for 2012

Been meaning to post an update on Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching. Here are the details for the 2012 volume. A complete back list and ordering information is available at

Spring 2012 (Volume 19, Issue 1)

(guest edited by Michael Johnston)
MICHAEL JOHNSTON Introduction to Teaching the History of the Book
ANDREW TAYLOR Experiencing Authority, Confronting the Cool: Bringing Medieval Book History into the Classroom
DAVID C. MENGEL Teaching the Codex as Writing Technology
ALLISON MURI Teaching the History and Future of the Book
DABNEY A. BANKERT and MARK RANKIN Teaching Medieval and Early Modern Manuscript and Print Culture in Theory and Practice
MICHAEL  JOHNSTON The History of the Book as a Supplement to the Literature Survey
ERIC J. JOHNSON “A closed book is a mute witness”: A Curator’s Approach toward Teaching with Rare Books and Manuscripts
COLLECTION CONTRIBUTORS Annotated Bibliography to Teaching the History of the Book Collection
LESLEY A. COOTE Book Review:  The Harrowing of Hell in Medieval England, by Karl Tamburr
YVONNE BRUCE Book Review:  Women’s Writing in the British Atlantic World: Memory, Place and History, 1550–1700, by Kate Chedgzoy
CHRISTOPHER M. BELLITTO Book Review:  Soldiers, Nobles and Gentlemen: Essays in Honour of Maurice Keen, by Peter Coss and Christopher Tyerman
JUDITH FERSTER Book Review:  Chaucer’s Language, by Simon Horobin

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

Sunday, April 21, 2013

Higgins Armory Museum RIP

John Sexton at the MassMedieval blog recently reported on the closure of one of Massachusetts real treasures for the medievalist, the Higgins Armory Museum in Worcester. The museum will officially close at the end of the year--so visit now while you still can--and be merged with the collection of the Worcester Art Museum. The official press release can be accessed at the following URL: