Monday, August 26, 2013

Program for MAM 2013 Meeting

(Books and the monastic life ..., from 1976.)

Medieval Association of the Midwest
29th Annual Conference

“A Sense of Place”

All sessions are in Hulman Memorial Student Union (HMSU) 

Thursday, September 26

Welcome Reception, 6:00-9:00,  Courtroom, Scott College of Business

Friday, September 27

Registration 8:00 – 11:30  HMSU vestibule

Session 1, 8:30-9:45

A.   Local Literature,  HMSU 307
Chair: Erin Mann, Lindenwood University-Bellville
Ludlow, Shropshire: The Town, the  Scribe and Fouke le Fitz Waryn
Catherine A. Rock, Stark State College        
John Audelay and Fifteenth-Century Shrewsbury
Susanna Fein, Kent State University             
 “I wold to God my moder were her:” East-Anglian Devotion to the Virgin in the Brome Play of Abraham & Isaac
Laurie Murphy, New York University
B.   Anchorites: Physical and Spiritual Space, HMSU 321 
Chair: Steven Stofferahn, Indiana State University
Christianity at the Limit: Julian of Norwich, Enclosure, and Continental Anchoritism
Joshua Easterling, Emporia State University 
Julian of Norwich: The Intersection of Voice and Space in The Revelations of Love
 Therese Novotny, Marquette University      
Modern Places and Medieval Spaces: Adaptive Reuse of English Anchorholds
 Michelle M. Sauer, University of North Dakota      

Session 2, 10:00-11:15

A.  Malory’s Le Morte D’Arthur, HMSU 307
Chair:  Steven Yandell, Xavier University
Lack and Plenty: The Grail Knights in Sarras
Elizabeth Melick, Kent State University       
Thomas Malory’s Neglected Nyneve: A Hero in Disguise
 Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, University of Northern Colorado
Strategic Thinking in Malory’s “Tale of Sir Gareth of Orkney”
Kurt Haas, Colorado Mesa University
B.  Medieval Churches: Use of Space,  HMSU 321
Chair:  Annette Morrow, Minnesota State University
Fortuitous Consequences of Flying Buttresses: Uses of the Inter-Buttress Zone
 Maile Hutterer, Rutgers University              
The Sense of Smell in Medieval Churches
 Katelynn Robinson, University of Missouri
From Hugh to Hugh, or Saint to Saint: Enshrining Medieval Jewish-Christian Relations in the Space of Lincoln Cathedral
 Erin Wagner, The Ohio State University

Plenary Session I, 11:30-12:30: Dede III

Joseph Schick Lecture Series
The Medieval Changeling: A Secret History
Richard Firth Green, The Ohio State University

Lunch 12:30-1:30, on your own, HMSU Commons food court

Session 3, 1:30-2:45

A.  Gendered Readings,  HMSU 307
Chair: Carlos Hawley, North Dakota State University
Exemplary Aristocratic Masculinity in the Medieval Castilian Frame Tale
 Megan Havard, Washington University                   
 “Agayn my los, I will have esement:” Masculinity and the Affective Economy in Chaucer’s Reeve’s Tale
Travis Johnson, Central Methodist University          
Queer Sympathies in Cleanness
            Erin Mann, Lindenwood University-Belleville
B.  Monasteries, Medieval and Modern, HMSU 321
Chair:  Lois Honeycutt, University of Missouri
A New Border: The Communal Patronage Program of Agnes of Burgundy, 1040-1050
Adam Matthews, Western Michigan University
In the Family of St. Peter: Carolingian Women, St. Peter, and Rome in the Eighth and Ninth Centuries
Autumn Dolan            , University of Missouri         

Medieval Mindsets in Surprising Spaces: Indiana Monk-Missionaries on the American Great Plains, 1887- 1954
            Steve Stofferahn, Indiana State University   

Session 4,  3:00-5:00

A.  Early Books on Parchment, Paper, Film, and Screen,  HMSU 307
Chair: Edward Risden, St. Norbert’s College
When Surrogates Work Well: On Using Digital and Microfilm Copies of Manuscripts
            William F. Hodapp, The College of Saint Scholastica
Ain’t Nothin’ Like the Real Thing, Baby: Working with Original Manuscripts at the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library
            Matthew Heintzelman, Hill Museum and Manuscript Library          
An Embarrassment of Riches: Working in Low Country Archives
Barbara Zimbalist, University of Texas at El Paso
Beyond the Guildhall: Ink Recipes and Book Making in Late Medieval England
Michael Johnston, Purdue University

B.  Literary Spaces,  HMSU 321
Chair: Timothy Jordan, Zane State University
What You Don’t Know Can Hurt You: Chaucer’s Spatial Poetics and the Reeve’s Tale
 Emilie Cox, Indiana University                    
Painting the Memory Palace: Narrative Walls as Subversive Mnemonics in Guigemar and The Book of the Duchess
 Steven Yandell, Xavier University               
Households and Havens in The Owl and the Nightingale
Wendy Matlock, Kansas State University     
The Author’s Place: Creating John Lydgate Within His Books
 Alaina Bupp,University of Colorado


Banquet, 6:30, Stables Steakhouse,  939 Poplar Street

Saturday, September 28

Session 5, 8:30-9:45

A.  Medieval Places: Iberia,  HMSU 307
Chair: Harriet Hudson, Indiana State University
The Culture of the Cuaderna Via
Carlos Hawley, North Dakota State University
Identifying a Pirate in the Late Medieval Mediterranean
David Terry, Western Michigan University               
Toledo, Compostela, Braga and the Dividing of Christian Iberia
Patrick Harris, Western Michigan University            
B. Modern Takes on Medieval Tales, HMSU 321
Chair:  Kristin Bovaird-Abbo, University of Northern Colorado
Playing at Truths: Looking for Dante in Beatrice and Virgil
 Alison Langdon and Amanda Mitchell, Western Kentucky University
Chaucer, Hawthorne and “The Canterbury Pilgrims”
 Timothy Jordan, Zane State University        
The Resonance of Place and Medievalism in Alain-Fournier’s Le Grand Meaulnes
            Aubri McVey Leung, Butler University

Session 6, 10:00-11:15

A.   Space, Time, Art and Artefact, HMSU 307
Chair: Kristin Figg, Kent State University
The Romanesque Pictorial Space, or the Not “Being-to-the-World”
Alfons Puigarnau, International University of Catalonia      
The Consul, the Calendar, and Roma Aeterna:  The Iconographical Argument that Consular Diptychs Contained Consular Lists
Christine Zappella, University of Chicago    
Between the Rivers: Stobi, Macedonia
Annette Morrow, Minnesota State University

B. Anglo-Saxon Literature, HMSU 321
Chair: Matthew Heintzelman, Hill Museum and Monastic Library
An Architectonic Aesthetics of Beowulf
Edward Risden, Saint Norbert’s College
Unhale Eagan: Impairment and Epistemology in the Metaphor of the Mind’s Eyes in the OE Soliloquies
Karen Bruce Wallace, The Ohio State University                 
Mary’s Womb as Dwelling: The Virginal, Fertile, and Maternal Body of Mary in Anglo-Saxon Literature
 Rebecca Straple, Western Michigan University

Plenary Session II, 11:30-12:30,  Dede III

Joseph Schick Lecture Series
Hairy on the Inside?: Marie de France’s Bisclavret and Medieval Werewolf Illustration
John Block Friedman, University of Illinois, Emeritus

Lunch 12:30-1:15, on your own, HMSU Commons food court

Session 7,  1:15-2:30

A.  A Middle English Miscellany, HMSU 307
Chair:  Alison Langdon, Western Kentucky University
Conflict Zones: Affect and Culture Clash in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale
 Bonnie Erwin, Wilmington College
To Have or To Hold? An Interpretation of Puns in a Middle English Lyric
 Matthew Hulan, Independent Scholar
Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the Real Fairy World of Hautedesert
Mickey Sweeney, Dominican University

B.  Saints and Shrines, HMSU 321
Chair: Aubri McVey Leung, Butler University
Chaucer, Thomas, and Canterbury
 David Raybin, Eastern Illinois University                  
From Alexandria to Aberdeen: The Scottish Cult of St. Katherine in the Late Middle Ages
Melissa M. Coll-Smith, Aquinas College       
The Shrine of St. Andrew and the Scottish Crown in the Reform Era
Lois Huneycutt, University of Missouri

Session 8, 2:45-4:00

A.  Literary Responses and Writers Revisited, HMSU 307
Chair: Michael Johnston, Purdue University
Fifteenth-Century Readings of Cato’s Estates in William of Worcester’s Of Olde Age in Manuscript and Print
 William Fahrenbach, DePaul University       
Shakespeare’s Gower in Pericles, Prince of Tyre
Marilyn Claire Ford, Indiana University       
Reading the Lines and Writing in the Interstices:  James I’s Poetic Response to the Knight’s Tale, lines 1070-9
 William F. Hodapp, The College of Saint Scholastica

Monday, August 19, 2013

2014 NEH Summer - Of Special Interest to Medieval and Early Modern Studies

NEH Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers
Tudor Books and Readers: 1485-1603

John N. King of The Ohio State University and Mark Rankin of James Madison University will direct a National Endowment for the Humanities Summer Seminar for College and University Teachers on the construction and dissemination of books and the nature of reading during the era of the Tudor monarchs (1485-1603). In particular, they plan to pose the governing question of whether the advent of printing was a necessary precondition for the emergence of new reading practices associated with the Renaissance and Reformation. Participants will consider ways in which readers responded to elements such as book layout, typography, illustration, and paratext (e.g., prefaces, glosses, and commentaries). Employing key methods of the history of the book and the history of reading, our investigation will consider how the physical nature of books affected ways in which readers understood and assimilated their intellectual contents. This program is geared to meet the needs of teacher-scholars interested in the literary, political, or cultural history of the English Renaissance and/or Reformation, the history of the book, the history of reading, art history, women’s studies, religious studies, bibliography, print culture, library science (including rare book librarians), mass communication, literacy studies, and more.

This seminar will meet from 23 June until 26 July 2014. During the first week of this program, we shall visit 1) Antwerp, Belgium, in order to draw on resources including the Plantin-Moretus Museum (the world’s only surviving Renaissance printing and publishing house) and 2) London, England, in order to attend a rare-book workshop and consider treasures at Senate House Library of the University of London. During four ensuing weeks at Oxford, participants will reside at St. Edmund Hall as they make use of rare book and manuscript holdings of the Bodleian Library and other institutions. 

Those eligible to apply include citizens of USA who are engaged in teaching at the college or university level, graduate students, and independent scholars who have received the terminal degree in their field (usually the Ph.D.). In addition, non-US citizens who have taught and lived in the USA for at least three years prior to March 2014 are eligible to apply. NEH will provide participants with a stipend of $3,900. 

Full details and application information are available at For further information, please contact Mark Rankin ( Applications must be postmarked by March 4, 2014.

[NOTE: MAM members Matt Heintzelman and Bill Hodapp have both participated in this seminar in previous iterations and found it quite stimulating!]


Friday, August 16, 2013

Calls for Papers - August 2013

16th-century printer's device from the Saint John's Rare Book collection.

Here is a fresh batch of Calls-for-Papers that may be of interest to members of the Medieval Association of the Midwest. Remember! If you have CfPs that you would like publicized, please send them to matt heintzelman at:

  • Mediality (New York University)
  • The Geographic Imagination: Conceptualizing Places and Spaces in the Middle Ages (University of Notre Dame)
  • 45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)


Medieval and Renaissance Center
New York University
Annual Spring Conference

April 3-4, 2014


Opening speaker: Christian Kiening, Universität Zürich
Keynote speaker: Martina Stercken, Universität Zürich

Call for papers: New York University’s Medieval and Renaissance Center invites proposals for papers that address the topic of mediality with respect to any medieval or early modern cultural practice or practices.

The term mediality refers to a new approach in the discussion of media. While we ordinarily associate "media" with communication – writing, images, radio, TV, film — the approach captured by the term mediality shifts the focus to the ways and means of mediation. It accentuates the fundamental fact that access to history is conditioned by media. The goal is less to define what a medium is than to describe medial situations: moments of the in-between, in which something is assigned the function of a medium, and in which mediation occurs or effects of mediating become visible.

The concept of mediality can thus open up our understanding of any historical period and is particularly promising for study of the Middle Ages and Renaissance, periods that are already marked by an intense interest in media, including the exploration of the possibilities of mediation and the development of new medial forms. The concept helps us to understand almost any object of study from these periods: from professional practices such as the law, to cultural practices such as ritual, to concrete material artifacts such as textiles, to the threshold between the age of manuscript and the era of print. Papers investigating the mediality--the specific “in-betweeness”--of any cultural phenomenon are welcome as well as those that investigate such matters as media awareness, media interference, cross mediality, media and the senses, media and power, and the uses and abuses of drawing attention to the conspicuous mediality of in any object, belief, or practice.

Papers from every sub-discipline of Medieval and Renaissance Studies are welcome. Please send abstracts (250 words maximum) to Martha Rust (at by September 15, 2013.

The Medieval and Renaissance Center will be able to offer assistance with travel and accommodation to conference participants living outside New York City.


The Geographic Imagination: Conceptualizing Places and Spaces in the Middle Ages
2nd Annual Indiana Medieval Graduate Student Consortium Conference

The students of the Indiana Medieval Graduate Student Consortium (IMGC) are pleased to announce that we are accepting submissions for the second annual IMGC conference, “The Geographic Imagination: Conceptualizing Places and Spaces in the Middle Ages,” to take place on 28 Feb-1 Mar 2014 at the University of Notre Dame.

The transnational turn in the humanities over the last two decades has put increasing pressure on our ideas of nationhood and has provided us with a liberating awareness of the constructedness of the spaces we study. New methodologies have developed in response to this pressure as scholars turn to comparative approaches, borderland studies, histoire croisée, studies of empire, and oceanic models in order to accommodate the ambiguities of nationhood and of conceptions of space. Suggested by seminal transnational studies, such as Paul Gilroy’s The Black Atlantic, many critics now study “the flows of people, capital, profits and information.” Recently, David Wallace’s ambitious literary history of Europe has adopted a similarly fluid approach to culture, avoiding a study of “national blocks” of literature, organizing itself instead along transnational itineraries that stretch beyond the European sphere. The Middle Ages offer a particularly broad and rich era in which to encounter fluid notions of space, as any glance at a medieval map such as the famous Hereford mappa mundi (pictured here) invitingly suggests. We invite presentations from all fields to explore any aspect of the medieval “geographic imagination,” of conceptions of space, place, and nation: ideas of geography, cartography, transnational identities and networks, intercultural encounters, mercantile routes, travelogues, rural and urban spaces, religious places, and concepts of locality and local identities.

Please submit a 300 word abstract for a 15-20 minute paper by December 15, 2013 on the conference website, Proposals should include the title of the paper, presenter's name, institutional and departmental affiliation, and any technology requests. Any questions can be sent to Andrew Klein ( or Karrie Fuller (

Karrie Fuller
Department of English
356 O'Shaughnessy Hall
University of Notre Dame
Notre Dame, IN 46556


Call for Papers

Session title: “Poetic Music, Musical Poetry: Connections between Poetry and Music in German Literature”

45th Annual Convention, Northeast Modern Language Association (NeMLA)
April 3-6, 2014
Harrisburg, Pennsylvania
Host: Susquehanna University
Session contact: Deva Kemmis, Georgetown University (

This panel will examine the links between poetic language and music in German literature and culture. The musicality of poetry and the poetry of music are dual points of departure for this panel
discussion. Possible topics of interest include, but are not limited to, the musical nature of poetic language, theoretical frameworks that explore the inherent musicality and the effect of the musical on
poetic language, research intersections between musicology and literary studies, investigations into the mimetic function of poetry, insights from auditory biology into aesthetic investigations,
instrumental music and the role of the voice, the contributions of cognitive studies to the work of literary scholars, and recent scholarship within German Studies that focuses on the auditory realm.
Papers are invited on any aspect of the possible connections between poetry and music in German literature and culture. Papers that concentrate on Germanic poetry of the nineteenth and twentieth
centuries are especially encouraged, but abstracts that address any era of Germanic poetry and/or music are welcome.

Deadline: September 30, 2013

Please include with your abstract:
Name and Affiliation
Email address
Postal address
Telephone number
A/V requirements (if any; $10 handling fee with registration)

The 2014 NeMLA convention continues the Association's tradition of sharing innovative scholarship in an engaging and generative location. This capitol city set on the Susquehanna River is known for its vibrant restaurant scene, historical sites, the National Civil War museum, and nearby Amish Country, antique shops and Hershey Park. NeMLA has arranged low hotel rates of $104-$124.

The 2014 event will include guest speakers, literary readings, professional events, and workshops. A reading by George Saunders will open the Convention. His 2013 collection of short fiction, The Tenth of December, has been acclaimed by the New York Times as: “the best book you’ll read this year.” NeMLA’s Keynote Speaker will be David Staller, Producer and Director of Project Shaw. Mr. Staller presents monthly script-in-hand performances of Bernard Shaw’s plays at the Players Club in New York City.

Interested participants may submit abstracts to more than one NeMLA session; however, panelists can only present one paper (panel or seminar). Convention participants may present a paper at a panel and also present at a creative session or participate in a roundtable.

Deva F. Kemmis (

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Terre Haute Conference Information

Hrabanus Maurus, OSB (780-856 C.E.) at his writing desk.


Medieval Association of the Midwest, 29th Annual Conference 
Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
September 26-28, 2013

Welcome reception 6:00 Thursday evening, College of Business
Concurrent sessions will begin Friday morning and conclude Saturday in mid-afternoon.
Plenary sessions will be held each morning before the lunch break.
All sessions will take place in the Hulman Memorial Student Union on the ISU campus.
Banquet 6:30 Friday evening at Stables Restaurant (buffet including vegetarian options).

A complete schedule will be e-mailed to participants and posted on the MAM website.

Conference Registration: $45.00
Please send the form below with your payment.
On-site registration available Friday morning.

All presenters must be current members of MAM; see instructions on our website:

The conference hotel is the Hilton Garden Inn, adjacent to campus and an easy walk to all conference facilities. MAM has a block of rooms at a reduced rate of $109 per night. The number is 812-234-8900; mention MAM when you reserve.

Other hotels:
Candlewood Suites (812-234-3400) is across the street from Hilton Garden
Holiday Inn (812-232-6081) 3 miles from campus
Drury Inn (812-238-1206) 3 miles from campus
Fairfield Inn (812-235-2444) 3 miles from campus
Quality Inn (812-235-3333) 2 miles from campus

Travel and Transportation
Air: Indianapolis International Airport is an hour from Terre Haute. With direct access to I-70, it’s an easy drive. There is no public transportation between Terre Haute and the airport, so a rental car may be your best option. It may be possible to arrange rides if a number of people are traveling at the same time. Let me know your arrival and departure schedule and I’ll see what we can do as I have more information.
Car: Terre Haute is at the intersection of Highway 41 (N-S) and Interstate 70 (E-W). The University is on Highway 41 about 3 miles north of the Interstate. Visitor parking is available on campus (by the hour or $6.00/day).
Getting Around: Hotels may not have transportation to campus, but cabs are available. If you’re staying at the Hilton Garden Inn or Candlewood Suites, you’ll be able to walk to all conference venues.

Harriet Hudson: Conference Organizer and President of MAM


Please include this form with your payment.

Medieval Association of the Midwest 29th Annual Conference
September 26-26, 2013

Name: _________________________________________________________________

Address: _______________________________________________________________

City, State, Zip __________________________________________________________

Daytime Phone number: ___________________________________________________

Registration Fee: $45.00
Make checks payable to: Indiana State University.

Mail payment to:
Indiana State University
Hulman Center
200 N. Eighth St.
Terre Haute, IN 47809
Attention: Jeanett Mickschl