Saturday, November 16, 2013

SMART Fall 2013

The latest number of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching was released earlier this season. Contents as follows. As always, SMART can be purchased at



The Fall 2013 issue of Volume 20 of Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching departs from a collection focusing on a single topic, which has taken the spotlight in several previous issues of SMART, to a glowing assortment of essays on a variety of engaging subjects. Gina Brandolino compares The Book of Margery Kempe to O. J. Simpson’s If I Did It, while Misty Schieberle shows us an approach to teaching Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale using barnyard pedagogy. Michael Evans offers us “A Land War in Asia,” the relevance of medieval history to contemporary religious conflict in the Middle East. Crystal Hall shares a board game she created to encourage students to read the entire epic poem Orlando Furioso. Molly Martin’s essay examines Malory’s Launcelot and Gwenyver in the twenty-first-century classroom. Michael Livingston shows how he bridges mythology and medieval literature in teaching the medieval Orpheus. Karolyn Kinane offers an example of student-centered pedagogy by teaching Arthurian legends in a general education course. Joseph Candido rounds out the essays with his paper on teaching students to listen to Shakespeare. This broad range of subjects and approaches illustrates the interdisciplinary and multidisciplinary nature SMART. As always, a few excellent book reviews are included.

GINA BRANDOLINO Margery and “the Juice”: Teaching The Book of Margery Kempe Using O. J. Simpson’s If I Did It
MISTY SCHIEBERLE Barnyard Pedagogy: An Approach to Teaching Chaucer’s Nun’s Priest’s Tale
MICHAEL EVANS A Land War in Asia
CRYSTAL HALL Orlando Furioso: The Board Game
MOLLY MARTIN Malory’s Launcelot and Gwenyver in the Twenty-First-Century Classroom
MICHAEL LIVINGSTON Teaching the Medieval Orpheus: Bridging Mythology and Medieval Literature
KAROLYN KINANE Arthurian Legends in General Education: An Example of Student-Centered Pedagogy
JOSEPH CANDIDO Teaching Students to Listen to Shakespeare
DONALD WINEKE Book Review:  Shakespeare and the Middle Ages: Essays on the Performance and Adaptation of the Plays with Medieval Sources and Settings, edited by Martha W. Driver and Sid Ray
JENNY REBECCA RYTTING Book Review: Women and the Divine in Literature before 1700: Essays in Memory of Margot Louis, edited by Kathryn Kerby-Fulton
KAREN BOLLERMANN Book Review: Milton and Maternal Mortality, by Louis Schwartz
ROBERT GRAYBILL Book Review: Chaucer and Religion, edited by Helen Phillips
E. L. RISDEN Book Review: Humanism, Machinery, and Renaissance Literature, by Jessica Wolfe
BRIGITTE ROUSSEL Book Review:  The Medieval French Pastourelle Tradition: Poetic Motivations and Generic Transformations, by Geri L. Smith

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