Welcome to The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture, a community of scholars and enthusiasts organized to promote and foster research and discussion of representations of the medieval in post-medieval popular culture and mass media. Encompassing material produced from the close of the Middle Ages to today, these medievalisms can be categorized as survivals, revivals, or re-creations of the medieval in post-medieval eras.
I am pleased to announce that the association was able to assemble a complete panel for the upcoming meeting of the American Literature Association. The details of our session follow. I will update further once I receive news of its ultimate fate.
Founder, The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and
Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
The Medieval in American Popular Culture at Home and
Abroad: Reflections in Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Prince Valiant
Sponsored by the Association for the Advancement of
Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
Organizer and Chair: Michael A. Torregrossa, Independent
1.“ ‘My White
Knight’: American Medievalism 1890-1920 and the Power of Whiteness,” Faye
Ringel, U.S. Coast Guard Academy
Down the List, Tilting Down the Ages: The Revival of Jousting at the Turn of
the 21st Century,” Karli Grazman, University of Connecticut
and Marvel Superheroes,” Rex Barnes, Columbia University
4.“American Medievalism in Post-Soviet
Fairy-Tale Films,” Kate Koppy, Marymount University
Audio-visual equipment required: projector and screen
The Association for the Advancement of Scholarship and
Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture seeks to facilitate the spread of
information about the representations of the medieval in contemporary popular
culture. In commemoration of the eightieth anniversary of the Prince Valiant comic strip, this session
explores both how Americans have received the medieval and how American-made
medievalisms have influenced new works across the globe. First, Faye Ringel
explores some uses that Americans made of the medieval at the turn of the
twentieth century, works that might have influenced the creation of the comic. Then,
Karli Grazman directs our attention to Americans’ continued interest in the
medieval through our recreation of the jousting tournament, a prominent event
featured in the strip. Next, Rex Barnes turns our attention towards a different
group of comic book heroes and suggests a medieval background for the
superheroes of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Finally, Kate Koppy highlights
how the medievalisms of the Walt Disney Studio, perhaps one of the country’s foremost
producers of medievalesque texts, have (like Prince Valiant) in turn inspired new works of medievalism in Russia.
By blatantly concentrating on constructs, medievalism studies may seem to avoid the problems of defining an authentic Middle Ages. But what do such studies presume about that middle ages or any other? About the studies’ medievalist subjects? About the medievalist subjects’ constructs of the Middle Ages? When it comes to authenticity, how do medievalism studies relate to the Middle Ages? To medievalism? To (other) postmedievalism? To neomedievalism? Studies in Medievalism, a peer-reviewed print and on-line publication, is seeking 3,000-word (including notes) essays on these questions, as well as 6,000 to 12,000-word (including notes) articles on any postmedieval responses to the Middle Ages. Please send all submissions in English and Word to Karl Fugelso (email@example.com) by August 1, 2017. For a style sheet, please download the STYLE SHEET here.
CALL FOR PAPERS: THE MEDIEVAL IN
AMERICAN POPULAR CULTURE
SESSION PROPOSED FOR 2017 ANNUAL
CONFERENCE OF THE AMERICAN LITERATURE ASSOCIATION
TO BE HELD AT THE WESTIN COPLEY
PLACE, BOSTON, MASSACHUSETTS FROM 25 TO 28 MAY 2017
PAPER PROPOSALS DUE BY 28 JANUARY
Medieval in American Popular Culture:
in Commemoration of the 80th Anniversary of Prince
The comic strip Prince Valiant in the Days of King Arthur was launched in 1937 and
continues to be produced to this day. Begun by illustrator Hal Foster and now
under the direction of writer Mark Schultz and artist Thomas Yeates, Prince Valiant celebrates its eightieth
anniversary in 2017. This is a significant achievement for a work of popular
medievalism. In recognition of this milestone, the Association for the
Advancement of Scholarship and Teaching of the Medieval in Popular Culture
seeks papers that explore the appeal (either in the United States or abroad) of
the strip and its characters and/or the significance of other works of American
medievalism both in the past and in the world today. The session is being
submitted for consideration at the 2017 meeting of the American Literature
Association to be held in Boston, Massachusetts, from 25-28 May 2017.
are especially interested in proposals that respond to one of more of the
·Why is the medieval popular in the United
States, a nation with no physical connections to the medieval past?
·What is the continued appeal of the medieval to
·Do Americans do different things with medieval
material compared to their contemporaries around the globe?
·How have Americans’ view of the medieval changed
·Why do some forms of American-made medievalism
endure while others are forgotten?
·How well do American-made medievalisms translate
into other media and/or cultural settings?
proposals to the organizers at firstname.lastname@example.org
no later than 28 January 2017. Please use “Medieval in American Popular
Culture” as your subject line. A complete proposal should include the
following: your complete contact information, a clear and useful title of your
paper, an abstract of your paper (approximately 250 to 600 words), a brief biographical
statement explaining your academic status and authority to speak about your
proposed topic, and a note on any audio/visual requirements.
should be delivered between 15 and 20 minutes, depending on the number of
presenters. Potential presenters are reminded that the rules of the conference
allow individuals to present only one paper at the annual meeting.