Monday, February 6, 2012

On the Road Again ...

  • Call for News from MAM members for Spring 2012 issue of Nuntia
  • European Papermaking Techniques, 1300-1800 (from American Libraries Direct)
  • MAM at Kalamazoo 2012

News for Nuntia!

The next issue of Nuntia, the newsletter of the Medieval Association of the Midwest, is due in March or April 2012.  Please send any interesting stories, professional updates, or reports on MAM activities (conferences, meetings, topics for discussion) to the editor, Matthew Z. Heintzelman (  Professional updates may also be sent to Ed Risden (


The following article was cited in American Libraries Direct:

European papermaking techniques, 1300–1800
Timothy Barrett writes: “The following essay describes the materials and techniques used to make paper by hand in Europe between 1300 and 1800. This period represents the rise and the slow but certain decline of hand papermaking as a major industry. What follows is a guess, based on limited research, about what may have been the routine in a mill producing high-quality papers somewhere in Europe.”...

Paper Through Time, University of Iowa Libraries


MAM at Kalamazoo 2012

The Medieval Institute has published the catalog of sessions for the 2012 International Congress on Medieval Studies.  The registration and travel information is also available now at:

Session 40
Thursday, 10:00 am
Schneider 1360
Gawain and Middle English Romance
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Univ. of Northern Colorado
Presider: Kristin Bovaird-Abbo
Is the Green Chapel a Real Chapel? Another Reading of the Third Fitt in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight. Suxue Zhang, Zhejiang Univ.
Gawain: The Knight of the Inner Pentangle. Laurence Erussard, Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Ghostly Consolation: A Boethian Reading of The Awntyrs off Arthure. Anthony Cirilla, St. Louis Univ.
“Vailyeand and verteous, foroutin ony vice”: Chivalric Pilgrimage and Gawain’s Eschatological Journey in the Knightly Tale of Gologras and Gawain. Andrew Bethune, Independent Scholar

12:00 noon
Fetzer 1030
Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Executive Council Meeting

5:30 pm
Bernhard Faculty Lounge
Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Business Meeting and Reception with open bar
Session 160
Thursday, 7:30 pm
Fetzer 2040
The Workings of Romance: Unhappy Happy Endings
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Mickey Sweeney, Dominican Univ.
Presider: Louise Hampson, Univ. of York
“Where have you seen one as fair as I?”: Mary as Romance Heroine in Miracles of the Virgin. Laurel Broughton, Univ. of Vermont
Questing towards Eternity: The Problem of Ending in Three Middle English Visionary Narratives. Megan Eckerle, Yale Univ.
Caught between Mary and Morgan: Sir Gawain and the Green Knight’s Happy Ending? Mickey Sweeney
Desire and Civic Authority in Sir Degaré. Francine McGregor, Eastern Illinois Univ.

Session 236
Friday, 1:30 pm
Valley II 204
Justice, Law, and Literature in the Middle Ages
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Toy-Fung Tung, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Presider: Toy-Fung Tung
Women, Legal Discourse, Interpretative Maneuvers, and Negotiating Safety. M. C. Bodden, Marquette Univ.
The Stag in Sanctuary: Enacting the Law, Exceeding the Law. Elizabeth Allen, Univ. of California–Irvine
“O damned Iago! O inhuman dog!”: Antecedents of Roderigo’s Ungulling in Decameron Day Eight and Day Nine. Margaret Escher, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY
Customary Law, Imagination, and Community. Mary Jane Schenck, Univ. of Tampa

Session 295
Friday, 3:30 pm
Valley I 106
Static and Shifting Landscapes in Medieval Literature, Art, and Thought
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Cynthia Z. Valk, Independent Scholar; Robert Benson, Ball State Univ.
Presider: Susann T. Samples, Mount St. Mary’s Univ.
Discarded Image: The Medieval Cosmos in C. S. Lewis’s Ransom Trilogy. Thomas Hoberg, Northeastern Illinois Univ.
Navigating the Landscape of Malory’s Grail World. Stephen Atkinson, Park Univ.
Jane Austen and the Medieval Landscape of Otherness. Robert Benson and Cynthia Z. Valk
“Swat yðum weoll”: Blood and Water Imagery in Beowulf. Jeanette S. Zissell, Univ. of Connecticut

Session 373
Saturday, 10:00 am
Schneider 1225
Studies in Medieval Romance in Honor of Harriet Hudson
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Edward Risden, St. Norbert College; Alison Ganze Langdon, Western Kentucky Univ.
Presider: Timothy R. Jordan, Zane State College
Crusade, Jihad, and the Holy Land in Middle English Romance. Peter H. Goodrich, Northern Michigan Univ.
Gawain and Florent in the Alliterative Morte Arthure .Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, Univ. of Northern Colorado
Yseut aux Blanches Mains as Losengier and Li gelos or Unifier? Aubri McVey Leung, Wabash College

Session 435
Saturday, 1:30 pm
Schneider 1255
Innovative Assignments from the Chaucer Classroom (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: David Sprunger, Concordia College
Presider: David Sprunger
The Canterbury Tweets: Twitter in the Chaucer Classroom. Rebecca Brackmann, Lincoln Memorial Univ.
Is It a Sword, a Temple-Curtain, or a Veil? Teaching Chaucer through Footnotes. Dabney A. Bankert, James Madison Univ.
Translating Chaucer: An Exercise. Roberta Milliken, Shawnee State Univ.
Provoking Perseverence: Locating Chaucer’s Griselda in Maria Edgeworth’s The Modern Griselda. Alison Ganze Langdon, Western Kentucky Univ.
Children’s Chaucer in the College Classroom. Karla Knutson, Concordia College
A Chaucer Scriptorium. Gavin Richardson, Union Univ.

Session 500
Saturday, 3:30 pm
Schneider 1335
Teaching Popular Literature and Popular Culture of the Middle Ages in the Liberal Arts Classroom
Sponsor: Medieval Association of the Midwest (MAM)
Organizer: Toni J. Morris, Univ. of Indianapolis; Samantha A. Meigs, Univ. of Indianapolis
Presider: Kristen Figg, Kent State Univ.–Salem
The Little Dark People: Othering in the Novels of Rosemary Sutcliff. Karen R. Moranski, Univ. of Illinois–Springfield
Popular Beliefs and the Medieval Mentalité. Samantha A. Meigs
Performing Ballads in the Classroom. Toni J. Morris

 Thanks to all the MAM session organizers, presiders and participants!

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