Friday, August 23, 2013

Getting Medieval at MAPACA

The Mid-Atlantic Popular & American Culture Association has just posted the schedule for its upcoming conference in Atlantic City this November. Details on those sessions of the Beowulf to Shakespeare Area are appended below. For those interested in attending, registration information can be accessed at

Beowulf to Shakespeare: Popular Culture in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance

Nurturing Shakespeare
Friday 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm (Bongo 2)

Papers in this panel analyze the ways in which modern theories of gender and cognition inform our readings of Shakespeare.


“About, my brains!”: Cognitive Blends in Hamlet Performance
 Michelle Callaghan (Widener University)

Questionable Shapes: Magic and gender confusion in film adaptations of Shakespeare
Annalisa Castaldo (Widener Univeristy)

Are You My Mother? Shakespeare’s Creation of the False Maternal
Aubrey L. C. Mishou

Ancient Underworld
Saturday 9:30 am to 10:45 am (Bongo 2)

The papers in this panel analyze works that consider the behavior of those relegated to society’s fringes.

Session chair: Diana Vecchio (Widener University)

“What King Forged I”?: Anxiety, Authority and Influence in Phillips’ The Tragedy of Arthur
Mary Behrman (Kennesaw State University)

The Second Shepherd’s Play as Popular Culture

Thieves, Cons and Rogues: Coney-Catching Pamphlets in Early Modern England
Kelly Jean Helm (Widener University)

Asian Adaptation
Saturday 11:00 am to 12:15 pm (Bongo 2)

“A Park or a Parking Area:” Shakespeare in Modern Japan
Michelle Danner

Comic Adaptation of Shakespeare in Korea: An Educational Toolbox
 Kang Kim (Honam University)

Medieval Monstrosity
Saturday 3:15 pm to 4:30 pm (Bongo 1)

This panel analyzes the use of the monstrous in modern narratives that make use of the medieval as well as in the original texts.

Session chair: Mary Behrman (Kennesaw State University)


Camelot and the Walking Dead: The Zombies of the Matter of Britain and the Development of Arthurian Horror Fiction
Michael A Torregrossa (The Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Matter of Britain)

A Study of the Human Condition Through the Frame of Myth and Magic in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight 
Christina Doka

Will the Real Monsters Please Stand Up:
Diana Vecchio (Widener University)

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