BABEL Working Group List-Serv Membership
A through G
Ian Aebel, University of New Hampshire (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ian Aebel is a History Ph.D. candidate at the University
of New Hampshire. He is currently writing a brief dissertation about how
the history of America was produced and circulated in the English Atlantic
World between 1485 and 1714. He is also patiently awaiting the second coming
of Erasmus and looking for a kindergarten for his daughters that provides
both Latin instruction and readings of the Tabula Cebetis during
Carolyn B. Anderson, University of Wyoming (email@example.com)
- Carolyn Anderson is Associate Professor of English at Wyoming.
Her interests are in Old English and Old Norse literature, especially in
relation to issues of hybridity, race, and gender. Her published articles
include "No Fixed Point: Gender and Blood Feuds in Njalssaga"
Quarterly) and "'Gaest' and 'gist' in Beowulf: Consumption
of the Boundaries" (Heroic Age), and she is also working on
a book project, titled Middle Men: Body and State in
the Middle Ages.
Mike Augustine, University of Colorado at Denver
- Mike Augustine is an M.A. student in English at Colorado
who is currently preoccupied with/interested in: not becoming May from The
Secret Life of Bees, learning to play the drums, if/how
lucid dreams can be utilized (behavioral or creative applications), praying
that Angelina Jolie never gets cast as Dagny Taggart (he couldn't care less
about pop culture - but this strikes him as deplorable), and deciding where
he wants to start channeling all his creativity. His guilty pleasures = keanu
reeves, large amounts of cheap, bad beer and small amounts of not cheap,
not bad beer. Mike is currently listening to: The Format, Rainer Maria, Bright
Eyes, Maria Taylor and Say Anything. He is currently reading: The Fountainhead,
and wishing that it was as good as Atlas Shrugged, and is currently
wearing: Birkenstocks, because according to college culture, no footwear
is more perfect for him--that, and they're comfortable (& not leather,
he hates the smell of leather).
Maria K. Bachman, Coastal Carolina University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Maria Bachman is Professor of English and Director
of the Interdisciplinary Studies Program at Coastal Carolina. She teaches
a variety of courses on nineteenth-century British literature and culture,
children's literature, and gender studies. She is co-editer of The Woman
by Wilkie Collins (Broadview, 2006), Blind Love by Wilkie
Collins (Broadview, 2004), and Reality’s Dark Light: The
Sensational Wilkie Collins (University of Tennessee Press, 2003). She
has published articles on Samuel Richardson, Benjamin Disraeli, Edward
Bulwer-Lytton, Charles Dickens, and Wilkie Collins, and is currently working
on a project in cognitive literary studies, theory of mind, emotional affect,
and the Victorian novel. THEME SONG: Tom
"She's a Lady"
Anne Clark Bartlett, DePaul University (email@example.com)
- Anne Clark Bartlett is Associate Professor of English
and Program Director for the M.A. in English at DePaul. She has published
books and articles on Middle English devotional literature, Arthurian literature,
and critical theory, including Male Authors, Female Readers: Representation
and Subjectivity in Middle English Devotional Literature (Cornell University
Press, 1995), and is presently at work on a book entitled Women and the
Literature of Statecraft in Late Medieval England. Anne also published
a beautiful essay in the Autumn 2004 issue of Exemplaria, "Reading
it Personally: Robert Glück, Margery Kempe, and Language in Crisis." Anne
has agreed to be BABEL's "holy
Candace Barrington, Central Connecticut State University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Candace Barrington is Professor of English at Central Connecticut State University, and has three primary fields of research: (1) reconfigurations of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales in American popular culture, (2) courtly gestures implied in the literary texts associated with late-medieval royal courts, and (3) the repertoire of linguistic and structural gestures associated with the legal profession shaping literary production in late-medieval England. Her published work can be found in essay collections and journals, as well as in her book American Chaucers (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007).
Kimberly K. Bell, Sam Houston State University (email@example.com)
- Kimberly K. Bell is Assistant Professor of English at Sam
Houston and her research interests include the medieval transformations
of the Troy legend and Middle English romance. She is currently working
on a book titled Romance Revisited: The Manuscript Contexts of Six Middle
English Romances, and is the co-editor of Cultural Studies of the
Modern Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), for which she also contributed the chapter, "Models
of (Im)perfection: Parodic Refunctioning in Spike TV's Joe Schmo Show and
Tale of Sir Thopas." And on top of all that, she is also co-editing,
with Julie Nelson Couch, a collection of essays on Bodleian MS Laud Misc.
108, one of the massive Middle English miscellanies. THEME SONG: Sisters
of Mercy, "Temple of Love"
Figure 1. The dynamic duo of Julie Couch and Kim Bell
Phillip A. Bernhardt-House, Absolutely Nowhere (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Phillip received a very enjoyable Ph.D. in Celtic Civilizations from University College Cork in Ireland, with the thesis title "Canids in Celtic Cultures: From Celtiberia to Cú Chulainn to the Kennels of Camelot" (which, unfortunately, was not cited at the Annual American Association of Alliterative Appellations Awards), which won a 2009 D. Simon Evans Dissertation Prize with The Edwin Mellen Press, and will be published as a book late in '09 under a different (to be negotiated!) title. Phillip is trying to make the most of underemployment in these troubled economic times, writing, publishing, and presenting wherever possible, and adjuncting in religious studies courses for Columbia College military base extension programs, while waiting for some institution to make him honest. Research interests include Celtic and Arthurian studies, medieval mysticism, monsters, werewolves, dogheads, comparative religion, queer studies, sexuality studies, gender studies, mythology, magic, syncretism, ancient religions, and pagan studies. Publications include articles in the journals Béascna, Foilsiú, Cosmos, Kelten (a short article translated into Dutch!), Eolas, The Journal for the Academic Study of Magic, and the Celtic Studies Association of North America Yearbook, as well as a chapter in the anthology Queering the Non/Human (Ashgate, 2008), and a number of non-academic publications in journals and anthologies on diverse subjects, amongst which is a retelling of a Middle Irish lesbian story in the magazine Parabola, and a recent article in the same journal on Irish flood myths. Phillip also has published poetry in various places, including an entire book of verse (under a different name) in late 2008. Phillip has many theme songs, including
Loreena McKennitt's "The Two
Trees," Dave Van Ronk's "Head Inspector," Barenaked Ladies' "I'll
Be That Girl," Shania
Twain's "I'm Gonna Getchya Good!" and
Krishna Das' "Namah Shivaya."
Figure 2. Phillip presenting the earliest
form of the article that appears in Queering the Non/Human at the
10th Annual Lesbian Lives Conference at University College Dublin, February
of 2003, mere feet away from Michael O'Rourke and Noreen
Kathleen Biddick, Temple University (email@example.com)
- Kathleen Biddick is a Professor of History at Temple and
her interests are in critical historiography, especially discussions of temporality,
cultural studies of technology, gender studies, and medieval history. Her
most recent monograph, The Typological Imaginary: Circumcision,
Technology, History (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2003), extends
her critical work on temporality and periodization. It considers the relationship
of graphic technologies with medieval typological thinking and current problems
of revisionism in the history of Jewish-Christian relations. Her Shock
of Medievalism (Duke University Press,
1998) explored some of the nineteenth-century foundations of medieval studies
as well as certain unexamined contemporary consequences of these origins.
Her other publications include The Other Economy (University of
California Press, 1998) and a volume of edited essays entitled Archaeological
Approaches to Medieval Europe. Kathleen has been selected as a Senior
Fellow at the Stanford Humanities Center; a Rockefeller Fellow at the Center
for Cultural Studies, UC-Santa Cruz, and has also been the recipient of grants
from the National Science Foundation and the Lilly Foundation. In 2002-03,
she was a Fulbright Fellow at the Media Lab Europe, Dublin where she began
work on her current project on sovereignty, the archive, and intermedia.
Bettina Bildhauer, University of St Andrews (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Bettina Bildhauer is a Lecturer at St
Andrews and co-editor with Robert Mills of The Monstrous Middle
Ages (University of Toronto Press, 2003). She is also the author of
the book Medieval
Blood (University of Wales, 2006). Her research focuses on film and
medieval literature and culture, with an emphasis on bodies and gender.
Doryjane Birrer, College of Charleston (email@example.com)
- Doryjane Birrer is Assistant Professor of English at Charleston
whose research interests involve the reciprocal interactions among literature,
critical theory, and academic culture. Her most recent work in this area
will be appearing shortly in the essay collection Stumbling
Through the Groves: Fictions on Academia. Doryjane is also co-editing
(with Kaye Mitchell) Radicality, Criticism, and Reality: The Future
of Oppositional Critiques in Literary Studies (to be published by
Somers Town Press as part of a new series developed by the UK Network
for Modern Fiction Studies, of which Doryjane is an Executive Committee
member). Doryjane's long-term project British Novels of the 1980s
and the Crisis in English Studies explores British novels of the
1980s in the context of public debates of the same time period about the
rise of critical theory and associated cultural politics. So we
have our own in-house metatheorist who can help us work on "the
crisis of the humanities,"
as soon as she figures out "the crisis of English studies,"which
are "so over" by the way. THEME SONG: The
Eels, "Beautiful Freak"
Liza Blake, New York University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Liza is a PhD student at New York University, interested in bodies, materialities, and early theater practice. She has an MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature from Cambridge University, where she studied dismembered body parts as stage properties in early modern drama. At NYU she plans to study medieval and early modern sciences of the body, Skelton, prostheses, and anything else shiny that crosses her path.
Virginia Blanton, University of Missouri-Kansas City (email@example.com)
- Virginia is Associate Professor of English at
the University of Missouri-Kansas City, where she serves as doctoral faculty
in English and Religious Studies. Her research focuses on medieval hagiography
and religious ritual, as well as the representations of women in religious
culture. She is the author of Signs of Devotion: The Cult of St. Æthelthryth
in Medieval England, 695-1615 and also co-editor of Intertexts:
Studies in Anglo-Saxon Culture Presented to Paul E. Szarmach. Virginia
is writing a second book, Shaping English Identities: Sanctity
and Devotion Late Medieval England, and is co-editing a Middle English
legendary with Veronica O'Mara. She serves on the Editorial Board of Different
Visions: A Journal of New Perspectives on Medieval Art. Her
favorite painting these days is Kate Kretz's representation of Angelina Jolie
as the Virgin Mary and (someday) she will write a conference presentation
on it--and AJ's response.
Scott Boston, Bowling Green State University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Scott S. Boston is in the process of getting his PhD in Theatre from the Department of Theatre and Film at Bowling Green. He is extremely interested in the idea of a New Middle Ages, and is investigating how concepts of masculinity from the Middle Ages are revealing themselves in the 2008 Presidential campaign. Research interests include: Theatre, Performance Studies, Historiography, Memory Studies, Temporal Studies, Embodiment, Identity, and Presentism. He is very glad to have found a group of people interested in similar concerns, who are so intellectually open and rigorous. THEME SONG: The Artist Formerly Know as Shatner And Rated R, "No Tears For Caesar"
Keys Botzum, IBM
- Keys Botzum is a Senior Technical Advisor for IBM's Advanced
Websphere Technology, and is the co-author of the book IBM
Websphere: Deployment and Advanced Configuration (IBM Press, 2004).
He has over 15 years of experience in large scale distributed system design and additionally specializes in security. Keys has worked with a variety of distributed technologies, including Sun RPC, DCE, CORBA, AFS, and DFS. Recently, he has been focusing on J2EE and related technologies. He holds an M.S. in Computer Science from Stanford University and a B.S. in Applied Mathematics/Computer Science from Carnegie Mellon University. Keys is our corporate "arm" and also BABEL's resident security expert.
Robin Mary Bower, Pennsylvania State University-Beaver (email@example.com)
- Robin Bower is Associate Professor of Spanish at Penn. State,
Beaver campus, and is our Iberian interloper. Robin is primarily interested
in medieval Iberian vernacular literatures and the local-ization of "universal" political
and religious cultures, ethnicity, embodiment, cultural studies, and pit
bull pedagogy (most specifically related to a pit bull puppy named Horace
who attended the Kalamazoo 2007 Congress with Robin).
Jen Boyle, Coastal Carolina University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jen Boyle is Assistant Professor of English at Coastal Carolina,
and was also the Carol J. Lederer Postdoctoral Fellow at the Pembroke Center
at Brown University from 2000-07. Jen has published articles and book chapters
on perspective technics and affect in Milton, queer and transversal theory
and film, becoming-animal and the Enlightenment, and technoculture and sexuality.
She has a book, Anamorphosis in Early Modern Literature, a study of mediation and embodiment in early modern literature and technoscience, which is forthcoming from Ashgate Press, and also
on an installation project, Perspective
and the Affective Image. Jen is also on the Editorial Board of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies. Following the work of Bryan
Reynolds, Jen is
also a transversalist--someone who emphasizes in her creative and critical
work [indeed, her critico-creative work] the "investigative-expansive" over
the "dissective-cohesive." You can also check our her weblog here and her website here.
Nathan Breen, DePaul University (email@example.com)
- Nathan Breen is Assistant Professor of English at DePaul. His
primary medieval interests include Anglo-Saxon culture and literature and
20th-century medievalism, particularly in its graphic/comic representations
of the medieval period. His current work includes
an article on the legal role of Wealhtheow in Beowulf, an essay
on the influence of John Cassian’s Consolationes on the
Anglo-Saxon poem Guthlac A, and an essay on mid-20th-century American
Dream ideology in Hal Foster’s comic Prince Valiant.
Justin Brent, Presbyterian College (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Justin Brent is Associate Professor of English at
Presbyterian, and his research interests include medieval conceptions
of soul and body following death, particularly in devotional literature
and debate poetry. He is in the process of revising a dissertation chapter
about homiletic treatments of the soul's weekly journey to the its corpse
into an article, and also plans to contribute a chapter to a book devoted
to the contents of Bodleian MS Laud Misc. 108 (to be co-edited by BABEL-ers
Kimberly Bell and Julie Nelson Couch), which constitutes one of the great
Middle English miscellanies compiled prior to the mid-fourteenth century.
George Brooks, Valencia Community College (email@example.com)
- George Brooks is Professor of Humanities at Valencia
(Florida). He specializes in medieval craft
and technology and is especially interested in the investigation of the
mental landscape of those who wrote no words, but made things with their
hands. He recently completed his doctoral dissertation at Florida State
University, "The Mechanization of the Middle Ages: An Intellectual History
of Medieval Machine Building" (2003), and has a chapter, "The
'Vitruvian Mill' in Roman and Medieval Europe," forthcoming in Wind
and Water in the Middle Ages: Fluid Technologies from Antiquity to the
Renaissance (Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006). George devotes
some of his energies to actually reconstructing medieval technological
devices and sponsors an annual festival at his college called "Catapult
which he recently graciously agreed to officially "launch" our
BABEL enterprise (in the form of a pumpkin). George has agreed to serve
as BABEL's ingeniator, and will oversee defenses in the event
of a siege. Herewith, Prof. Brooks with his mighty trebuchet:
Nancy Marie Brown (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Nancy Marie Brown is the author of The
Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman (Harcourt 2007) and the forthcoming The
Abacus & the Cross: How
the Pope Brought Islamic Science to the West before the Year 1000 (Basic
Books, 2010), both of which look at medieval literature and history through
the lens of science. Nancy has an M.A. in comparative literature from Penn
State (1985), with emphases in Old Norse, Old French, and Middle English,
but she worked for 25 years as a science writer/editor at Penn State before
embarking on a new career writing books about the Middle Ages. More about
Nancy's career and writing can be found at her website here.
Brantley L. Bryant, Sonoma State University (email@example.com)
- Brantley L. Bryant is Assistant Professor of English at Sonoma State, where he teaches medieval literature with a special interest in Chaucer and fourteenth-century England. He enjoys examining the intersections of economics, ethics, and politics in texts both literary and documentary, and has published on Chaucer and corrupt officials as well as on Wynnere and Wastoure, social protest, and taxation. THEME SONG: Shane McGowan and Nick Cave covering "What a Wonderful World."
Figure 2. Bryant (far right) with other young BABEL-ers Dan Remein, Julie Orlemanski, Lowell Duckert, and Mary Kate Hurley (Kalamazoo Congress 2009)
Shanna Carlson, Cornell University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Shanna Carlson is a graduate student in the Romance Studies
Department at Cornell University. She is working on a dissertation on "trans" narratives
of the French Middle Ages and premodern period as well as contemporary issues
in politics and psychoanalysis.
Greg Carrier, University of Alberta (email@example.com)
Gregory Carrier is currently finishing his MA thesis on
insanity in Plantagenet England at Alberta. His research interests include
medieval disability history, medieval concepts of the body, monstrosity,
ideas of ‘Otherness’,
and generally trying to convince scholars that medieval disability studies
is cool. Along with his service dog, Chase, Greg maintains the weblog Medieval
Cripples, Crazies, and Imbeciles … and a Service Dog? While
not working on his MA, he can often be found at the dog park watching Chase
go all medieval while chasing down balls in games of fetch.
Thea Cervone, University of Southern California (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Thea Cervone received her Ph.D. from the University of Illinois at Chicago in 1998. Her field of study is the English Reformation and Early Modern Medievalism(s). She has published on the ghost traditions of the Early Modern period, and she has also published on propaganda plays of the Reformation. She lectures in Medieval and Renaissance literature at the University of Southern California. THEME SONG: The Ramones, "I Wanna Be Sedated"
Jane Chance, Rice University (email@example.com)
- Jane Chance, currently the Andrew W. Mellon Chair in English at Rice, will retire July 1 and then will be a Visiting Scholar in the Institute for the Medical Humanities at the University of Texas Medical Branch-Galveston, where she will continue to edit her postmedieval issue on "Cognitive Alterities/Neuromedievalism" during the 2011-12 academic year. In addition, she is also attempting to complete the third volume of Medieval Mythography (on The Italian "Renaissance") and serving on the Advisory Board of PMLA and the editorial boards of postmedieval and College Literature. In the two book series for which she functions as general editor, books will be out soon, on the Women Skalds (by Sandra Straubhaar, Library of Medieval Women) and on Mythology in the Middle Ages and Rethinking Chivalry and Courtly Love (by Christopher Fee and Jennifer Wollock, Praeger Series on the Middle Ages). Her research interests center on mythology and myth-making, the reception of classical mythology and medieval Latin literature in the Middle Ages, particularly in England (especially in relation to Chaucer and Gower), medieval women writers (Christine de Pizan in particular) and the study of gender, and modern medievalism (Tolkien in particular). Among her books, authored and edited, are The Literary Subversions of Medieval Women (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), SCMLA Book Prize winner; Women Medievalists and the Academy (2005); with Alfred K. Siewers, Tolkien's Modern Middle Ages (2005); Tolkien and the Invention of Myth (2005); Tolkien the Medievalist (2003); Tolkien's Art: A Mythology for England (1979; rev. ed. 2001); The Lord of the Rings: The Mythology of Power (1992; rev. ed. 2001; trans. into Japanese 2003); Medieval Mythography, vols. 1 & 2 (1994, winner of the SCMLA Best Book Prize; 2000); The Assembly of Gods (1999); Gender and Text in the Later Ages; The Mythographic Chaucer: The Fabulation of Sexual Politics (1995); Inklings and Others, vol. 3.3 of Studies in Medievalism (1991); The Mythographic Art: Classical Fable and the Rise of the Vernacular in Early France and England (1990); Christine de Pizan's Letter of Othea to Hector (1990; rpt. 1997); Woman as Hero in Old English Literature (1986; rpt. 2006); with. Miriam Miller, Approaches to Teaching Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1986); with R.O. Wells, Mapping the Cosmos (1985); Medievalism in the Twentieth Century, vol. 2.1 of Studies in Medievalism (1990); and The Genius Figure in Antiquity and the Middle Ages (1975).
Geoffrey Chaucer, Aldgate Tower, London (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Geoffrey Chaucer is the author of The Canterbury Tales
and The Legend of Good Women, among other literary works, as well
as the translator of Boethius's Consolation of Philosophy. Geoffrey
also maintains a witty blog, Geoffrey
Chaucer Hath A Blog, which has to be seen to be believed. To those who
would maintain that Chaucer has not been seen since "round about the
beginning of the fifteenth century," we can only say, please visit the
blog, and try to remember that part of BABEL's mission is flattening out all
those bothersome temporal wrinkles.
Eddie Christie, Georgia State University (email@example.com)
Eddie Christie is Assistant Professor of English at Georgia
State. His main research project, Mystic Writing and
the Science of the Letter in Anglo-Saxon Literature, focuses on Anglo-Saxon
representations of writing both as a material practice and as a sign system.
Published parts of this research critique the digital remediation
of medieval manuscripts, pointing to the way in which (post)modern encounters
with such remediations manifest a transhistorical
desire for unmediated access to the past. He is currently writing about
how scripture, as a divine gift, is implicated in the economic “redemptions” of
Anglo-Saxon society, as well as working on a piece about grief and the
inner life of men in Beowulf. Eddie spends a lot of time thinking
about myriad nascent projects that distract him remarkably from real work, trying
to figure out how to insinuate “mad X-BOX skills” into his
CV, and contemplating taking up Zen Archery. THEME SONG: Ukulele
Orchestra of Great Britain, theme from The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Kenneth Clarke, Oxford University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Kenneth recently completed a doctorate at University
College Oxford entitled: "I shal fynde it in a maner glose: Commentary and
Hermeneutics, Chaucer and His Italian Sources," and he has just taken up
a lectureship at Brasenose College, Oxford teaching Old and Middle English
literature. He is the co-editor of On Allegory: Some
Medieval Aspects and Approaches (Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press,
2008), with a contribution therein entitled: "Reading/Writing Griselda: A
Fourteenth-Century Response (Florence, Biblioteca Medicea Laurenziana, MS
Plut. 42,1)." His current research project is based on Chaucer and Dante.
We'll "see you next Tuesday," Kenneth,
and you know what we mean.
Figure 3. Justin Brent and Kenneth
Clarke in Swansea, Wales
Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington University (email@example.com)
- Jeffrey Cohen is Professor of English and Human Sciences
and Chair of English and Director of the Medieval
and Early Modern Studies Institute at George Washington and is the author of Hybridity,
Identity and Monstrosity in Medieval Britain: On Difficult Middles (Palgrave
Macmillan, 2006), Medieval Identity Machines (University of Minnesota
Press, 2003), and Of
Giants: Sex, Monsters, and the Middle Ages (University of Minnesota
Press, 1999), as well as the editor of The Postcolonial Middle Ages (Palgrave
Macmillan, 2001), Monster Theory: Reading Culture (University
of Minnesota Press, 1996), and Cultural
Diversity in the British Middle Ages: Archipelago, Island, England (Palgrave
Macmillan, 2008). Jeffrey is also the progenitor of the medieval
studies group weblog, In
The Middle, and
BABEL is pleased to say that he is also the author of the Afterword, "Intertemporality,"
to our book, Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages.
THEME SONG: Pink Martini,
"Hang on Little Tomato." Apparently, Jeffrey, like
Thomas Pynchon and J.D. Salinger, is a little camera-shy:
Which is not to say Jeffrey doesn't also
have his Warholesque moments:
Julie Nelson Couch, Texas Tech. University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Julie Nelson Couch is Assistant Professor of English at
Texas Tech. She has published on Havelok the Dane, Howard Pyle's retellings of medieval legends for children, Malory, apocryphal poetry, and miracle tales. She is currently working,
along with Kimberly Bell, on an edited collection of essays on the Bodleian
Laud Misc. 108 manuscript, one of the huge mid-fourteenth-century miscellanies
[there, now we've described that manuscript three different ways!].
Holly Crocker, University of South Carolina-Columbia (email@example.com)
- Holly A. Crocker is Associate Professor of English at the University of South Carolina. She is author of Chaucer’s Visions of Manhood (Palgrave, 2007) and editor of Comic Provocations: Exposing the Corpus of Old French Fabliaux (Palgrave, 2006). Her articles have appeared in The Chaucer Review, Exemplaria, Medieval Feminist Forum, Shakespeare Quarterly, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900, and a number of edited collections. She is currently completing a second book, The Reformation of Feminine Virtue from Chaucer to Shakespeare, and beginning a third book, Feeling Medieval: The Affects of the Past in Reformation England. She serves as Book Reviews Editor for postmedieval, and she is co-editing a critical anthology, Middle English Literature: Criticism and Debate, for Routledge. THEME SONG: Tones on Tail, “Go!”
Nunzio D'Alessio, University of Texas-Austin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- A doctoral student in English at UT-Austin, Nic holds a
BA from Mt. St. Mary's University (Emmitsburg, MD) in theology, music, and
philosophy, and master's degrees in theology from Yale Divinity School and
English from UT-Austin. He has also studied musicology at both Yale and UT.
His recent writings and reviews have appeared or are forthcoming in GLQ,
Sixteenth Century Journal, and the Handbook
of Trends in Medieval Studies. His conference activities have included
SEMA, Kalamazoo, New Chaucer Society, and the John Gower Society. Research
interests include: postmodern religion/theology, mysticism, devotional/didactic
literatures, continental philosophy/theory, gender/queer studies, the reception
of classical and ancient Christian texts, liturgical cultures, historiography,
and is especially interested in the works of Gower, the Pearl-poet, Milton,
and Bunyan. Right now he's pretty fascinated by questions of affect and the
boundaries of the human. Some have predicted that he'll end up a Langland
scholar, but he's hoping to avoid as long as possible the pull of that star's
gravity. He blogs at Indirections.
THEME SONG: Jack
White, "Wayfaring Stranger"
Josh Davies, Kings College London (email@example.com)
- Josh Davies recently completed a Ph.D. at King's College London. His
dissertation was called something like "Building, Dwelling, Writing,
Reading," and was mostly be about the relationship between senses of place
and senses of the past in Old English literature and twentieth-century British
poetry, along with some little bits about architecture, town planning, and
old photographs. THEME SONG: Brian Wilson, "I Get Around"
Karma deGruy, Emory University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Karma deGruy is a PhD candidate at Emory, where she is (ostensibly) working on images of the soul/body relationship in early medieval English literature. Her preoccupations include folk angelology (Solomon and Saturn II, Angels in America, Le Conte du Graal), the intersection of the sacred and monstrous (cynocephali, the Book of Enoch, Andreas), media of exchange between humans and other-than-humans (Beowulf, Richard Crashaw, the history of the Eucharist, Bataille, Baudrillard), and becoming-angel (John Milton, "Vercelli Homily IV," Deleuze & Guattari). She blogs at Slouching
Towards Extimacy. THEME SONG: Flogging
Molly, "Rebels of the Sacred Heart"
Laura Michele Diener, Marshall University (email@example.com)
- Laura Michele is Assistant Professor of medieval history at Marshall and received her PhD from Ohio State. She finds everything to do with textile history fascinating, especially when it connects (as she firmly believes it does) to female spirituality, Latin literature, and monastic culture. She has published several articles based on her dissertation about gendered advice literature for twelfth-century nuns and is currently working on a project dealing with continuities in female spiritual autobiography from the middle ages to the twentieth century. When not actively working, she loves to make all manner of things--sweaters, skirts, curtains, afghans, and cupcakes being among her revolving top five. She spends some time walking dogs but far more time taking naps on top of them. THEME SONG: "Dancing in the Dark," but only the version by Mirah.
Patricia DeMarco, Ohio Wesleyan University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Patricia DeMarco is Associate Professor of English
at Ohio Wesleyan and her research interests and published writings focus upon
late medieval romance, feminist theory, and linguistic-based approaches to
the study of gender and performative speech.
Helen Dell, University of Melbourne (email@example.com)
- Helen is a research fellow in Literary Studies, School of
Culture and Communication, at the University of Melbourne, Australia. Her
PhD, awarded in 2006, was on desire in trouvère song, with a Lacanian
twist. It was published mid-2008 as a book, Desire by
Gender and Genre in Trouvère Song, by Boydell & Brewer. She
has also published articles on French secular monophonic song and has a particular
interest in medieval woman's song. Helen has recently focused her research
on medievalism studies and has begun to publish in this area. Her most pressing
project is called "Music in the Medievalism of Nostalgia." It involves a
study of the role of music in medieval fantasy fiction and film, and recordings
of medieval music. She is using listener responses to recorded medieval music
via personal interviews and online chatrooms, customer reviews, fanzines,
promotional material etc., to better understand how music, especially vocal
music, figures in nostalgic fantasies of the medieval. She plans to turn
this research into a book. She would dearly love to hear of or from anyone
with similar interests. When not researching, she sings and plays portative
organ with medieval music group: Troveresse,
which she founded and directs. She also
teaches singing and you can check our her website here. THEME SONG: "The singer or the song." [She doesn't know the song, just likes the title.]
Craig Dionne, Eastern Michigan University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Craig Dionne is Professor of Literature at Eastern
Michigan and editor of the Journal of Narrative Theory. He is the
co-editor of Rogues and Early Modern Culture (University of Michigan
Press, 2004) and Disciplining English: Alternative Histories, Critical
Perspectives (SUNY Press,
2002). Craig's teaching includes Shakespeare, English Renaissance Literature, Literary Theory. His research interests include reception of Shakespeare through the ages, Shakespeare in Popular Culture, theater in early modern urban culture, history of the underworld, rogues and class history. POST-HUMAN THEME SONG: Louis Armstrong, "A Kiss to Build a Dream On" [because the history of Literature as a discourse is like that of the myth of Pygmalion: we build a canon reflecting our own preoccupations, and that we later fall in love with. We are nothing without it. It is our sustenance and our shrine . . . the source of our imagination, the shaping ideologies of our ego?]
Mary Dockray-Miller, Lesley University (email@example.com)
- Mary Dockray-Miller is Professor of English in the humanities program at Lesley University. In fall 2009, Brepols will release her new book, an edition of the Wilton Chronicle, a fifteenth-century text that is part history, part saint's life, and part propaganda. She is also the author of Motherhood and Mothering in Anglo-Saxon England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2000) and various articles about gender in Anglo-Saxon culture. THEME SONG: "Stand By Me"
Lowell Duckert, George Washington University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Lowell Duckert is a Ph.D. student at George Washington
and his interests include early modern drama, economics, travel literature,
and material culture. He is currently theorizing the role of heavy metal
-- gold, silver, copper, lead -- in these areas. He also maintains the GW
Medieval and Early Modern Studies
Institute blog. THEME SONG: Neil
Young, "Heart of
has nothing to do with Lowell's scholarly interests. When he's not reading,
he's playing harmonica and guitar (to Jeffrey's chagrin). Lowell is BABEL's
first official troubadour.
Holly Dugan, George Washington University (email@example.com)
- Holly Dugan is Assistant Professor of English at George
Washington where she teaches sixteenth-century literature and
early English drama. Her research and teaching interests explore relationships
between history, literature, and material culture. Holly's scholarship
focuses on questions of gender, sexuality, and the boundaries of the body
in early modern England and she is currently working on two projects: the
first examines the ephemeral history of perfume and the role of smell in
late medieval and early modern English culture; the second explores the
history of ravishment. Holly also likes cheap beer, dirty jokes, and cupcakes
(but not necessarily in that order).
Irina Dumitrescu, Southern Methodist University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Irina Dumitrescu is Assistant Professor of English at Southern Methodist. She is working on a book examining the productive role of pain in literary depictions of teacher-student encounters in Old English and Anglo-Latin texts. Irina also has an interest in performance studies, an abiding fascination with sex, violence and humour in medieval texts, and a passion for learning and forgetting languages. (She is especially fond of Ionesco's La Leçon, which fits into all of the above categories.) THEME SONGS: Cake, "Short Skirt,
Long Jacket" and Queen, "Killer
Andrew Eichel, University of Tennessee-Knoxville (email@example.com)
- Andrew Eichel is a first year PhD student in English at Tennessee-Knoxville. His concentrations are Old English and Translation Studies. His MA thesis focused on translation theory and its applicability to the Old English poems "The Seafarer" and "The Wanderer," specifically an analysis of Ezra Pound's translation of the former followed by a foreignized rendering of the latter as the culminating chapter. He plans on continuing research in this field until all his fellowship money runs out. He's also somewhat of a self-labeled "wanderer." He has lived in Holland for a semester, Turkey for 2 years, and most recently Seoul, South Korea for a year. He'll probably give up on the Western academic scene and get a job at any Asian university that happens to need an Anglo-Saxonist. THEME SONG: Wild Beasts, "Hooting and Howling"
Richmond Eustis, Lousiana State University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Richmond Eustis earned his PhD in Comparative Literature from Louisiana State in May 2010. It is entirely likely he is adjuncting at more than three places, and supplementing his income from other sources not entirely admirable. He is interested in the entanglement of nature and language, in Spain and Italy, Sufis and Ismailis, and Petrarch, Thoreau, and other writers who walk up small mountains. He is studying oracle and alchemy, but isn't especially good at either. THEME SONG: Robbie Fulks, "Let's Kill Saturday Night"
Lara Farina, West Virginia University (email@example.com)
- Lara Farina is Associate Professor of English at West Virginia
and author of Erotic Discourse and Early English Religious
Writing (Palgrave Macmillan 2006), which
would have been titled Reading for Pleasure if her publisher had
listened to her. Her interests include: the material history of reading,
textual communities, histories of gender and sexuality, devotional literature,
and crossing the pre/post Conquest divide with indiscretion. She has articles
forthcoming in Women, Wealth, and Power in Medieval Europe and The
and she is beginning work on a history of the sense of touch. She also works
hard at slaying the NY Times crossword. THEME SONG: Ohio
Players, "Love Rollercoaster"
Patrick Fazioli, SUNY Buffalo (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Patrick Fazioli is a PhD candidate in the Dept. of Anthropology at SUNY Buffalo. He is currently working on his dissertation on the archaeology of Late Antiquity and the Early Middle Ages in the eastern Alps. His interests include the intersections of imperialism, ethnic nationalism, and medieval archaeology, and he is also struggling with issues of temporality, technology, and post/humanism. His long-term institutional goal is to facilitate more productive dialogue among medieval studies, historical anthropology, and archaeology. THEME SONG: Broken Social Scene "Cause=Time"
Denis Ferhatovic, Yale University (email@example.com)
- Denis Ferhatovic is a PhD candidate in English languages
and literatures at Yale. His dissertation deals with uses and roles of spolia in
four Old English poems, Exodus, Andreas, Beowulf,
and Judith. Whenever he works on Old English, he misses Middle
English, and vice-versa; whenever he works on medieval, or early-early-modern,
he misses modern, or late-late-medieval, and vice-versa. Some things
that particularly interest him, in no particular order: interactions
of word and image; love and God; small, shiny objects; cities; not silencing
AND not falsifying (at least not too much) the Other; writers who always
write something different; alternate histories; Gastros winning over Eros
and Thanatos. THEME SONG: He cannot decide between the original “Hajde
mala da pravimo lom” by Šaban Šaulic and
by Cucuk Stana.
Laurie Finke, Kenyon College (firstname.lastname@example.org) & Martin Shichtman,
Eastern Michigan University (email@example.com)
- We hope that Professors Finke and Shichtman won’t
mind being listed together since, although they are separable, they are
well-known gangster-collaborators in scholarly crimes. Together, they have
Arthur and the Myth of History (University of Florida Press, 2004),
Texts and Contemporary Readers (Cornell University Press, 1987), and
are currently working on a new book project, The Middle Ages in the Movies.
Marty is the extreme opposite of boring at a conference dinner
party, refreshingly so, and Professor Finke is extremely well-known (even
eminent) as a feminist scholar and theorist both within and beyond medieval
studies (indeed, Laurie is the medieval section editor for the Norton
Anthology of Critical Theory). The two of them probably thought of BABEL
first, and forgot to tell us about it. THEME SONG: Louis
Armstrong, "What a Wonderful World"
Jeffrey Fisher, Carroll University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jeffrey Fisher is Visiting Assistant Professor of Religious
Studies at Carroll University. His first publications were an interview with
Paul Di Filippo in Wired, and an essay on Dante and Cyberpunk in Internet
that is, if you don't count the SF and technoculture book reviews in the
mid-1990s. His main work for the last several years has focused on Jean Gerson,
and the apophatic mystical theology of Dionysius and his followers (including
Gerson). He teaches pretty much everything but the stuff he writes on.
Christina Fitzgerald, University of Toledo (email@example.com)
- Christina Fitzgerald is Associate Professor of English at
Toledo and the author of The Drama
of Masculinity and Medieval English Guild Culture (Palgrave Macmillan,
2007), on the York and Chester mystery plays and the guild culture that
produced them. She regrets that she changed the title from the working
Mystery of Men," for she was looking forward to its being mistaken
for a relationship self-help book and thus selling wildly. Christina
is yet another person working on the MS Laud 108 (what is it with that
manuscript?), especially its 15th-century use and ownership by prominent
London guildsmen and its figuration of a "compilation masculinity." She
is also thinking about mercantile masculinity, performance anxiety, anti-ludic
sentiments, and the figure of the Jew in the Croxton Play of the
Rachel E. Frier, University of Maryland (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Rachel E. Frier holds a Master's in Medieval Literature
from American University, and currently teaches writing at the University
of Maryland. She hopes to continue her graduate studies in the field of medieval
women's and disabilities studies, and to pursue her interest in deafness
and gestural communication in the Middle Ages. Her presented work includes
conference papers on the spiritual writings of Julian of Norwich, Margery
Kempe, Teresa de Cartagena, and the Zohar, and on sociolinguistics in Robert
Heinlein's I Will Fear No Evil. THEME SONG: Sansévérino,
"Mal ô Mains"
Noreen Giffney, University of Limerick, Ireland (email@example.com)
- Noreen Giffney is the author of Queer Theory [The Key Concepts] (Berg 2010) and the co-editor of Twenty-First Century Lesbian Studies (Taylor and Francis 2007); Queering the Non/Human (Ashgate 2008); The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory (Ashgate 2009); The Lesbian Premodern (Palgrave Macmillan 2010); and Theory on the Edge: Irish Studies and the Politics of Sexual Difference (The Woodfield Press 2010). She serves as the Humanities Book Review Editor for GLQ: A Journal of Lesbian and Gay Studies (Duke University Press) and is the series editor (with Michael O'Rourke) of the Queer Interventions book series at Ashgate and the Cultural Connections: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory book series at the University of Wales Press. She is currently working on a monograph entitled Melanie Klein's Objects of Desire and editing (with Eve Watson) Clinical Encounters: Psychoanalytic Practice and Queer Theory. She started out in medieval studies, now lectures in the areas of critical theory and gender and sexuality at the University of Limerick, and is undertaking clinical training in the object relations tradition of psychoanalysis at the University of Dublin, Trinity College. She is also the founder and director, with Michael O'Rourke, of The(e)ores: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research. THEME SONG: Depeche Mode, "Enjoy the Silence"
Bruce D. Gilchrist, McGill University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Bruce is "wrapping up" his doctoral thesis,
"The Body and Metaphysics in Old English" at McGill;
the first part of his thesis focuses on the body as a philosophical concept
in King Alfred's translations of Gregory and Augustine, while the second
part traces the doctrine of bodily resurrection in a longitudinal study
of Old English poetry and prose. Bruce is currently a lecturer at Carleton
University (Ottawa), and has also taught extensively at Université Laval
City), including the tandem course designed with Eileen Joy on Beowulf
and literary theory which became the genesis for the book (co-edited by Eileen
Joy and Mary Ramsey, with Bruce's assistance), The Postmodern Beowulf:
A Critical Casebook (West Virginia University Press, 2007).
Bruce has a longstanding interest in marrying literature and science--his
M.A./M.S. thesis is titled "Oliver Sacks and the Neurological Sublime"
and he presented a paper titled "Sex and the Single Scientist,"
on C.P. Snow and Carl Djerassi, for which he coined the term wissenschaftlerroman
("scientist's novel"). When Bruce is not shoveling snow he can
be found hard at work on bridging literary and scientific theories of pain
and the capacity of human language. THEME SONG: Teardrop Explodes, "Treason."
Meghan Glass, Durham University, UK (email@example.com)
- Meghan Glass is a PhD Candidate at Durham in the English Department and is a member of the Institute for Medieval & Renaissance Studies there where she is a part of the executive committee for the postgraduate discussion group MRPDG(running seminars, conferences, workshops, and single-handedly manning the social networking arms and legs of the group). Her thesis is a strange, but connected, conglomeration of her studies from her BA and MA which compares American Indian ancient and contemporary texts with medieval English romances in an interpretive lens whirlwind of postcolonialism, race/ethnicity, nationhood, magic, and Otherness. The "spare time" remaining is usually filled up with ethnic and cultural identity projects with the Ustinov College Intercultural Forum which she heads, sporadic fits of reviewing/editing/wine (of course they go together). However, to take the edge off, she submerges herself into being a self-proclaimed foodie and most importantly, a closet gamer. THEME SONG: Cloud Cult, "Everybody Here is a Cloud"
Eliza Glaze, Coastal Carolina University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Eliza Glaze is Assistant Professor of History at Coastal
Carolina, where she also co-directs the University Honors program.
Trained as a paleographer and historian of medicine from late antiquity
through the Middle Ages, Prof. Glaze's research explores the textual legacy
of ancient medicine and its creative adaptation by monastic and clerical
writers across Europe. Her essays have appeared in Barbara Newman's Voice
of the Living Light: Hildegard of Bingen and Her World, in Science,
Textual Healing: Medieval & Early Modern Medicine. Her book Medicine
and Mission: The Production, Use, and Circulation of Medical Books in Europe,
c. 500-1200 is under contract with Ashgate Press. As a recipient of
the Rome Prize, Eliza will be on leave in Italy for the academic year 2007-8,
completing her analysis of the socio-cultural implications of a medical
revival and pedagogical practices re-invented at Salerno, Italy during the
late 11th and 12th centuries. Her project’s
title is “Gariopontus and the Salernitans: Medical Texts and Medical
Practice in Southern Italy c. 1050-1225.” Yes, BABEL, there
is a doctor in the house.
Rick Godden, Washington University at Saint Louis (email@example.com)
- Rick Godden recently finished his PhD at Washington University. He is fairly certain that his dissertation, “Fame’s Untimeliness,” focuses upon the polychromic and the spectral in fourteenth-century English literature. In a former life Rick was a Computer Science major, but now finds himself immersed in psychoanalysis, philosophies of time and history, and of course, dream visions and talking corpses. While he is currently a Postdoctoral Lecturer at Washington University, his real occupation is the search for gainful employment. THEME SONG: Metallica, “One”
Simon Gruening, University of Heidelberg (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Simon Gruening is dwelling somewhere between his M.A. and a most probably forthcoming Ph.D. Studying History of Arts and Religious Studies for his Master's degree, he meanwhile defines himself as a cultural studies scholar. He wrote his Master's thesis about how horror and fear are generated in a medieval manuscript by comparing it to contemporary horror films. At the moment he's working on an essay about the iconography of the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse in Supernatural (the TV series) and is gathering ideas for his dissertation. He finds it very difficult to narrow down his interests as they are widespread -- e.g. medieval iconography, medievalism, film studies, queer studies, ethology, contemporary religions. How is the (medieval) past still influencing the present? THEME SONG: Jarvis Cocker, "Further Complications"
Gabriel Gryffyn, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (email@example.com)
- Gabriel is a PhD student at Minnesota in the English Department with a minor in Medieval Studies. She's studying excessive violence in late Middle English and Irish Literature, and is being sucked in by manuscript studies as well. Gabriel's also a huge science-fiction geek, internet denizen, and tends to frequent sci-fi conventions and the like. She's currently embracing BABEL in all its glory. THEME SONG: B Movie, "Nowhere Girl"
Steve Guthrie, Agnes Scott College (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Steve Guthrie is Professor of English at Agnes Scott and
publishes on Chaucer, prosody, historical linguistics, and on the relevance
of the Middle Ages to contemporary culture and politics. He contributed
a chapter to Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages (Palgrave
Macmillan, 2007) titled "Torture, Inquisition, Medievalism, Reality,
It will make your hair stand on end.
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