BABEL Working Group List-Serv Membership
O through Z
Julie Orlemanski, Harvard University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Julie Orlemanski is a PhD candidate in the Department of
English at Harvard, and her dissertation is "Symptomatic Subjects:
Diagnosis, Mimesis, and Narrative in Middle English Literature." She
is interested in the history of medicine and the history of the body, semiotics
signs" -- symptoms, indexical signs, photographs, etc), dialectical
thought (Hegel, Adorno), exemplarity, the challenge of George Bataille, her
own resistance to phenomenology, leprosy, l'informe vs./re: abjection, deformation
vs/re: transformation, matter vs./re: form, the face, Deleuze, Badiou, Lacan,
practical texts, jargon. THEME SONG: Bob Dylan, "Mama, You Been On My Mind"
Michael O'Rourke, Independent Scholar (email@example.com)
- Michael O'Rourke is the co-editor of Love, Sex, Intimacy and Friendship between Men, 1550-1800 (Palgrave Macmillan 2003, paperback 2007); Queer Masculinities, 1550-1800: Siting Same-Sex Desire in the Early Modern World (Palgrave Macmillan 2006); The Ashgate Research Companion to Queer Theory (Ashgate 2009); and special issues of the journals, Romanticism on the Net (Queer Romanticisms) and borderlands (Jacques Ranciere on the Shores of Queer Theory); and the editor of Derrida and Queer Theory (forthcoming from Palgrave Macmillan); and special issues of the journals, Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge (The Becoming-Deleuzoguattarian of Queer Studies) and Medieval Feminist Review (Queer Methodologies and/or Queers in Medieval Studies). He is (with Noreen Giffney) the series co-editor of two queer theory book series: Queer Interventions at Ashgate and Cultural Connections: Key Thinkers and Queer Theory at the University of Wales Press. With Noreen he has organized The(e)ories: Advanced Seminars for Queer Research since 2002. He has published widely on the intersections between queer theory and continental philosophy and sits on the editorial board of the uber-cool journals Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emerging Knowledge and postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies. He lives in Dublin where he works as the Postman of Truth. THEME SONG: Fields of the Nephilim, "Psychonaut"
Dana Oswald, University of Wisconsin-Parkside (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Dana Oswald is Assistant Professor of English at Wisconsin-Parkside,
and her research centers around the gendered body and monstrosity in medieval
English literature. She is currently revising article, drawn from her dissertation,
on Beowulf's fight with Grendel's mother, and on travelers' interactions
with the monstrous in texts such as the Old English Wonders of the
East and Mandeville's Travels. She plans to pursue future
research on the relationship between transformation and monstrosity in
Middle English literature.
Marissa Pareles, New York University
- Marissa Pareles is a first-year PhD student in the NYU English
department. She digs all things medieval, Deleuze-Guattarian, religious,
Puritanical, right-wing, linguistic, and affective, and also enjoys Haruki
Murakami, Hayao Miyazaki, Pedro Almodóvar, reality TV, Yiddishkeit,
and the dark side of Victorian epistemology. She is hard at work on the Gerasene
demon (Legion) of the West Saxon Gospels. THEME SONGS: "One
Beat" (Sleater-Kinney), "Gay-Not Gay" (King Missile)
Pierre, Chimpanzee & Leader of BABEL's Underground
- Yes, BABEL has an Underground and Pierre (yes, a chimp,
but a damn smart one) is in charge of it. You might be interested in how
Pierre came to BABEL. Well, it's a long story, actually, but let's just say
that it all happened a few years back when Eileen Joy and Mary Ramsey were
driving to Kalamazoo, Michigan from Atlanta, Georgia by way of Conway, South
Carolina [yes, we know we should have flown, but we just like long road trips].
It started raining, and then flooding, and there was even a tornado [this
part is 100% true] somewhere in whatever part of America is between Georgia
and Michigan, and Eileen and Mary decided to pull off the highway and wait.
Enter Pierre. The n'er-do-well former Wall Street bonds trader was sitting
in the pull-off lane on top of his suitcase, chain-smoking unfiltered Pall
Malls, and waiting for an air-conditioned ride. Everyone knows Eileen has
a soft spot for chimpanzees, especially ones who wear Prada, and one thing
led to another. Pierre was looking to escape the hurly burly of the world
of commerce, and Eileen and Mary knew just the place. After it was determined
that Pierre could type 120 words a minute and also mix a mean pitcher of
martinis with one hand while making chillout-downbeat mixtapes with the other,
BABEL knew it had found its front man for its underground. Nous t'aimons,
Pierre. Nous t'aimons. THEME SONG: Rick
Tison Pugh, University of Central Florida (Tison.Pugh@ucf.edu)
- Tison Pugh is currently Associate Professor and Director of the Ph.D. Program in Texts and Technology in the Department of English at the University of Central Florida. He is the author of Queering Medieval Genres (Palgrave Macmillan, 2004) and Sexuality and Its Queer Discontents in Middle English Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2008). With Angela Jane Weisl of Seton Hall University, he edited a pedagogical volume, Approaches to Teaching Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and the Shorter Poems; with Lynn Ramey of Vanderbilt University, he edited Race, Class, and Gender in Medieval Cinema; with Marcia Smith Marzec of St. Francis University, he edited Men and Masculinities in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde (D.S. Brewer, 2008); and with Kathleen Kelly (Northeastern University), he edited Queer Movie Medievalisms (Ashgate, 2009). In 2004 and 2009 he won Excellence in Undergraduate Teaching Awards from UCF's College of Arts and Humanities; in 2006 he won UCF's Research Incentive Award, Teaching Incentive Program Award, and Scholarship of Teaching and Learning Award; and in 2007 he was named UCF College of Arts and Humanities Distinguished Researcher. THEME SONG: Leslie Gore, "Sunshine,
Lollipops, and Rainbows"
Kara Quentin, University of London
- Kara is a student at the University of London, currently
in her second year of a BA in English. She has recently discovered a passion
for medievalism, and is particularly interested in medieval medicine and
folklore. She occasionally (when she remembers!) updates her medieval-based
blog, Sceopellen. Beyond her
studies, she is a keen singer, plays the psaltery, stunt-kites and loves
growing herbs and using them in her cooking and medicine.
Mary K. Ramsey, Southeastern Louisiana University (email@example.com)
- Mary K. Ramsey is Assistant Professor of English at Southeastern
Louisiana, and she is the co-editor of The Postmodern Beowulf: A Critical
Casebook (West Virginia University Press, 2007) and Cultural Studies
of the Modern Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007). She is also working
on a monograph, Composing a Distinctive Christianity: Old English Translations
of Latin Religious Texts. She edited a special issue of Studies
in the Literary Imagination (2003), “Imagined Realities: Meaning
and Textuality in the Middle Ages,” in which she published essays by
other BABEL-ers Roy Liuzza, Betsy McCormick, and Andrew Scheil, and she is
also a regular reviewer for TheYear's Work in Old English Studies.
Mary (whose Unitarian jihad name is Sister War-Hammer of Mild Reason) is
BABEL's resident Zen Master.
Samantha Rayner, National Institute for Excellence in
the Creative Industries at the University of Wales, Bangor (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Samantha Rayner is currently Research and Development Manager
in the National Institute for Excellence
in the Creative Industries at Wales, Bangor. Her research interests include
the Ricardian poets, Middle English alliterative poetry, Arthurian romance,
Restoration and Victorian literature, as well as e-science, new media, the
social and cultural impact of publishing, and interdisciplinary creative
industries development. Her monograph on “Images of Kingship in Contemporaries
of Chaucer” will be published by Boydell & Brewer Press in 2008.
Teresa Reed, Jacksonville State University (email@example.com)
- Teresa is Associate Professor of English at Jacksonville
State and the author of the recent book Shadows of Mary: Understanding
Images of the Virgin Mary in Medieval Texts (University of Wales Press,
2003), and her scholarly and teaching interests include Middle English literature,
Chaucer, feminist theory, narrative theory, cultural studies, and teaching
Dan Remein, New York University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Dan Remein is a Ph.D. student at NYU and holds an MFA in
Poetry from the University of Pittsburgh. Dan feels gravitationally pulled
by the idea that affect opens the scene of intellection, and that the practice
of Theory can still connect us to everything. His recent projects include
a paper on "Wulf and Eadwacer" and history as queer fetish, in
the service of theorizing a poetics of historiography. Dan's poems can be
read in Sidebrow, Sentence, Zafusy, and other
journals. Additionally, he blogs at wraetlic and
edits the little magazine Whiskey & Fox.
Dan supports "Champagne Supernova" as the BABEL theme song.
Nelljean Rice, Coastal Carolina University (email@example.com)
- Nelljean Rice comes to us as our first “real” modernist
interloper (not counting Jeff Skoblow who started out as a William Morris
scholar, then veered toward Robert Burns, and is now skulking around the
caves at Lascaux, but since he wrote an article on Bob Dylan, okay, okay,
he’s a modernist, too!). She is Associate Professor of English, Assistant
to the Dean for Special Projects, and Director of the "First-Year Experience" at
Coastal Carolina, all of which means she has gone over to the "dark
side" of administration (but, hey, in a "good way"). Prof.
Rice is also an accomplished poet, scholar, and former director of Women’s
Studies at Coastal. Her book, A New Matrix for Modernism: A Study of
the Lives and Poetry of Charlotte Mew and Anna Wickham, was published
by Routledge. Nelljean has agreed to be BABEL’s “poet-jester” (not
to be confused with our “holy fool,” Anne Clark Bartlett), and
thanks to her, BABEL now has an official catch-phrase: “a simulacrum
of an early warning system,” as well as a t-shirt slogan: “grammar
is glamour.” Here is Nelljean as a younger poet-auteur fiercely channeling
a bohemian-esque Emily Dickinson:
Sara Ritchey, University of Louisiana in Lafayette (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Sara Ritchey is Assistant Professor in History at Louisiana
in Lafayette. She is interested in writing, reading, thinking, and talking
about late medieval spirituality, communal religiosity, early ecology movements,
and feminist art & theology. She is currently at work on a book about
arboreal metaphoricity, entitled Spiritual Arborescence: The Meaning
of Trees in the Medieval Christian Imagination; you can find a preview
of it in the Spring 2008 issue of Spiritus. Sara is a food fanatic
and tends to exhibit symptoms of mania when in the presence of deluxe sewing
machines, discounted textiles and small furry animals. THEME SONG: The
Helen Roberts, BABEL Youth Ambassador
- Helen Roberts, who will be entering the seventh grade
at Walnut Hills High School in Cincinnati, Ohio in August 2009 (mascots:
the nut and the eagle--"go nuts"), is a musician (violin, fiddle,
cello, wooden flute, recorder, African percussion and wind instruments,
piano, trombone, and she wants to learn the viol)and a writer. She is most
proud of her play "Windows," about a dreamy girl who always sits
near a window and stares out of it, and if she can only see walls, she
has fits and imagines god-like entities; her novel "Tidal Wars," about
two twin Japanese girls during the War Between the States, who grew
up with a lullaby (a poem about a butterfly flying over a bloodied sea)
sung to them by their father every morning and night, and later they wander
along the seashore coming acros the strangest people and situations, while
their father is in prison for unpaid debts; her poem "Shifting Blackbird,"
which is a mood-piece about the conversion/shifting of sadness and melancholy,
not to utopic happiness, but to a certain pleasure in simplicity, which
leads to the "passing" of the blackbird; her short story, "Protected,"
about a girl-pugilist named Eveline whose best friend is her older brother
Ethan who is shunned by the villagers for being "incomplete" (he
sees things and cannot convey this through speech, which he is unable to
learn, but he writes and is a genius), and Eveline and Ethan are searching
for a home where they can be respected. Helen's favorite things to do
are: writing, playing music in her band "Knee-High Chucks," painting,
sketching, and molding, dancing, composing musical arrangements (modern
and classical), reading everyone (especially Jane Austen and Edgar Allan
Poe), sitting in trees, and being a petite barbarian. She also loves to
debate, and even the mellowest person, like her father, who used to be
a pirate, protests against her skills, saying they are unbeatable. You
might like to know that Helen is also the founder and managing co-ordinator
of the Bronte Coffee Book Club, and she is also an accomplished actor whose
most memorable roles are: Beatrice, in a short rendition of Much Ado
About Nothing, getting beat up by trees, who consequentially
are three boys who love their roles as trees because of this; Midsummer
Night's Dream, where she
played the role of Puck, but with more little tricks than the origional
Cutie and the Beast, a comedy adaptation where she played the
role of an old man watchmaker, and a favorite pet of the herione Cutie,
a cardboard shipping box with a smiley face drawn on it, Boxie; as well
as a VERY forgetful elephant in an adaptation of Squids Will
Be Squids. THEME SONG: Death
Cab for Cutie, "Transatlanticism."
Figure 10. Helen R. in Beaune,
France (July 2008)
Beth Robertson, University of Glasgow (E.Robertson@englang.arts.gla.ac.uk)
- Beth Robertson is Professor of English Language at Glasgow, where
her research interests mainly focus on medieval literature and feminist
theory. Her books include Piers Plowman: A Norton Critical Edition of
the B-Text, co-edited with Stephen Shepherd (W.W. Norton, 2005), Representing
Rape in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, co-edited with Christine
Rose (Palgrave Macmillan, 2001), and Early English Devotional Prose and
the Female Audience (University of Tennessee Press, 1990). Beth is also
one of the original "founding mothers" of the Medieval Feminist
Newsletter and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.
Christopher Roman, Kent State University Tuscarawas (email@example.com)
- Christopher Roman is Assistant Professor of English at Kent
State University Tuscarawas. His research focuses on medieval mysticism and
theology, devotional literature, gender, and the queer. He really likes when
all of those things come together. He also likes contemplating the human,
the post-human, and that which comes in between. He is the author of Domestic
Mysticism in Margery Kempe and Julian of Norwich (2005). He is currently
at work on a book that queers Richard Rolle, whether he likes it or not.
THEME SONG (which is subject to change since his iTunes folder is currently
holding over 11,000 songs): Andrew
Bird, "Tables and Chairs"
Conrad Roth, University of London (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Conrad H. Roth is a fledgling doctoral student at
the School of Advanced Study, London (Warburg Institute). There he is sadly
able to pursue only one of his many historical interests, which include
neither self-fashioning nor subcultures, but do, on the other hand, include
pre-Chomskyan linguistics; exegesis and hermeneutics; scepticism (and scepsis,
but not skepticism); the philosophy of history and the history of philosophy,
especially Plato, libertinage érudit, and Fruhromantik; heteroclite
literatures; London; avant-garde idealist nonsense (with the proper perspective,
of course); Quattrocento painting; truth and lies; the entire gamut of
Western architecture; Rithmomachia: the Delphic oracle; Pythagoreanism;
punning; and listmaking. Conrad has no expertise in anything, although
he has written professional papers on Thomas Nashe, Vergilian allegory,
and 1960s campus design. He bemoans the decline of Latin as an international
language of scholarship, and will perpetuate the ghost of the Republic
of Letters in any way he can. Like Freud, he has no interest in music.
Unlike Freud, he is 100% ignorant of politics, and 105% ignorant of any
cultural activity east of Greece. He also blogs,
Emily Russell, Eastern Michigan University (email@example.com)
- Emily is very close to finishing her M.A. thesis in medieval studies entitled, "Here tung made here slayn": Dangerous Speech Acts in Four Exempla From Robert Mannyng of Brunne's Handlyng Synne, at which point she will graduate from Eastern Michigan University with an M.A. in Dec. of 2009. She is happily (and anxiously) awaiting acceptance into a PhD program where she will continue to pursue interests in medieval literature, with special attention to Mannyng's texts and to deviant speech acts. She also engages several post-structural theorists in her readings. Her obsessions lead her into some interesting and exciting literary and critical spaces where she passes perhaps a little too much time at play. THEME SONG: Savatage, "Chance"
Myra J. Seaman, College of Charleston (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Myra Seaman is Associate Professor of English at Charleston
and her work has been published in Studies in Philology, Medieval
Perspectives, and Fifteenth-Century Studies. A chapter on Chaucer’s
dream visions is forthcoming in the MLA’s Approaches to Teaching
Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde and the Shorter Poems. Her current
project, Seeking an Audience for Late Middle English Romance in Two Fifteenth-Century
Manuscripts, investigates the cultural work performed in fifteenth-century
household miscellanies. Prof. Seaman is also the co-editor of Cultural
Studies of the Modern Middle Ages (Palgrave Macmillan, 2007), to which
she is "also also" contributing the chapter (co-written with John
Green), "Sacrificing Fiction and the Quest for the Real King Arthur." THEME
SONG: Blur, "Out
Zoë Seaman-Grant, BABEL Youth Ambassador
- Zoë Seaman-Grant, a seventh-grader at the Charleston
County School of the Arts in Charleston, SC, hopes for C.P. Snow’s “third
culture,” because otherwise she will need to learn—as those before
her have done—to see her loves for science and history as two separate,
competing, and mutually unintelligible aspects of herself. She believes that
scientists and historians have much to teach us all, and one another. Just
as she simultaneously worries about (and is intrigued by) a future without
fossil fuels, she fears for a future without the humanities. Mostly, though,
she doesn’t believe in such a future and sees herself as part of the
answer. Zoë plays the euphonium, has a mean butterfly stroke, loves
animals, reads anything she can find about Greek and Roman antiquity, and
spends her free moments imagining life during WWII—that is, when she’s
not watching or creating new teleplays for Star Trek: Next Generation and Voyager.
She’s been writing some challenging poetry of late, as well. Her friend
Betsy McCormick believes she will become president of the U.S., but Zoë thinks
she’d like to have more ability to make things actually happen than
the president is allowed.
Figure 11. A Future BABEL Scholar
Andrew Scheil, University of Minnesota-Twin Cities (email@example.com)
- Andrew Scheil is Associate Professor of English at
Minnesota and recently published the much-acclaimed book, The Footsteps
of Israel: Understanding the Jews in Anglo-Saxon England (Michigan,
2004), which the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists chose as best
book published in Anglo-Saxom studies for 2004, and for which he was also
awarded the Medieval Academy's John Nicholas Brown prize. Prof. Scheil
is currently at work on a second book, The Babylon Complex: Text and
Memory from Herodotus to Lovecraft, for which he was awarded an N.E.H.
Fellowship (2007-08) and also a fellowship stint at the Institute for Research
in the Humanities at the University of Wisconsin-Madsion for 2008-09. Because
of this, Prof. Scheil is BABEL's unofficial "cultural historian."
Figure 12. Andy Scheil and Mary
Kate Hurley (Kalamazoo 2008)
Donovan Sherman, University of California, Irvine & University
of California, San Diego (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Donovan Sherman is a doctoral candidate in the joint PhD
program in Drama and Theatre at University of California, Irvine and University
of California, San Diego. Brazenly disobeying W.C. Fields’s famous
advice, his work examines children and animals in early modern England, specifically
in terms of their theatricality. He is also a critical theory junkie who
believes in exposing, and celebrating, a new humanism lurking in the recesses
and vestiges of poststructuralism. Recent published work includes “Fugitive
Rehearsals: The Ferality of Kaspar Hauser, Playground Performances, and the
Transversality of Children” (co-authored with Bryan Reynolds) in Transversal
Subjects (forthcoming from Palgrave in 2009). THEME SONG: “AT & T” by
hopefully winning combination of inscrutability and passion.
Nicole Nolan Sidhu, East Carolina University (SIDHUN@ecu.edu)
- Nicole Nolan Sidhu is Associate Professor of English at East Carolina in Greenville, North Carolina. She is interested in gender, obscenity, piety, and, increasingly, political theory in the Middle Ages. She has published articles in Exemplaria, the Chaucer Review, Literature Compass, and the essay collections Medieval Domesticity (2008) and Comic Provocations (2006). She is currently working on a book about the uses and revisions of obscene comic discourse in Middle English writing of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries. She has recently fallen in love with Langland and hopes one day to stir up more trouble than she currently does.
Alf Siewers, Bucknell University (email@example.com)
- Alf Siewers is Assistant Professor of medieval literature
at Bucknell and environmental humanities coordinator for the Bucknell Environmental
Center. Alf's focus is on comparative work in early Welsh, Irish, Old and
early English, and Icelandic literatures with an emphasis on environmental
literary studies. Currently he is particularly interested in approaches that
seek to combine environmental phenomenology and ethics with the geo-philosophy
of Deleuze and Guattari, and in "archipelagic studies" inspired
by Jeffrey Cohen's work. You can view his website here.
Jeffrey Skoblow, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Jeffrey Skoblow is Professor of English at Southern Illinois
and is NOT a medievalist. He has two books, Dooble Tongue: Scots, Burns,
Contradiction (Delaware, 2001) and Paradise Dislocated: Morris,
Politics, and Art (Virginia, 1993), which did, by the way, interrogate
Morris' interest in and appropriation of the Middle Ages. Although Jeff has
written extensively on nineteenth- and twentieth-century British Isles poetry,
his research (and other) interests are wide-ranging and mesh well with BABEL's
interests. He is an active actor in local theater (I saw him as Creon in Oedipus
Rex--a little scary, actually), a published fiction writer, a former
Fulbright scholar (in Catalan Spain), and he is currently interested in "prehistorical"
art, anthropology, culture, etc. In Jeffrey's recent publications and conference presentations he has continued to examine the contemporaneity of Morris' various medievalist ventures, literary and commercial, as well as Burns and other Scottish subjects, Bob Dylan, and pedagogical practice; a piece on "Representations of Human Being at Rouffignac and Chauvet (France)" for Fragments Toward a History of a Vanishing Humanism is currently in the works. Here is a picture of Jeff in Utah, near Dinosaur National Monument, touching the imprint of a dinosaur's foot. He says, 'it took us longer than we thought to get down there, and we got lost on the way back before we found our way. There were more footprints than you can imagine, or even see when you're right there...'
Michael Snediker, Queen's University, Ontario (email@example.com)
- Michael Snediker is Assistant Professor of American Literature
at Queen's University (Kingston, Ontario). He is the author of Queer
Optimism: Lyric Personhood & Other Felicitous Persuasions (Minnesota,
2008), as well as Nervous Pastoral, a chapbook published by dove|tail
press. His poems have appeared or are forthcoming in journals including Black
Warrior Review, Crazyhorse, jubilat, The
Laurel Review, MARGIE, The Paris
Review, and Pleiades. His current book project explores aesthetics
of disability in authors including Nathaniel Hawthorne, Herman Melville,
Henry James, and Gertrude Stein. He's also recently completed a poetry manuscript
obliquely engaged with the novels of Henry James. His hair is sometimes less
spiky than this. THEME SONGS: Elaine
who Lunch." Or Lorraine Hunt Lieberson, "Ich Habe Genug." Or
Antony & the Johnsons, "For
Today I'm a Boy."
Sebastian Sobecki, University of Groningen (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Sebastian Sobecki is Professor of Medieval Literature and Culture and Chair of the English department at Groningen and has published widely on a wide variety of subjects, such as Dominican hagiography, Piers Plowman, Gower, Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Chaucer, Petrarch, Mandeville, and Marie de France. In 2008, he published the book The Sea and Medieval English Literature (D.S. Brewer) and has two other books in progress: Unwritten Verities: The Common Law, Reading, and Ideas of Englishness, 1460-1586 and A Passion for the Centre: Landscape and Ideology in Late Medieval Culture.
Tim Spence, Independent Scholar (email@example.com)
- Tim Spence's research interests include the histories of rhetoric, mysticism,
technology, and documentary culture (while writing his dissertation, Tim
co-founded Ragtag Cinemacafé in
Columbia, Missouri, an independent cinema dedicated to documentary films). His
"The Prioress' Oratio ad Mariam and Medieval Prayer Composition,"
in Scott Troyan's Medieval Rhetoric: A Casebook (Routledge, 2004),
and review-articles in the minnesota review. His current projects
include articles on Meister Eckhart's use of affective rhetoric in his sermons,
postmodern mysticism and the lyrics of David Bowie, Stephen Malkmus, and
David Berman, as well as an article focused on rhetorical exempla and medieval
children's literature. Tim's book project places prayers composed by
Chaucer, Gower, Langland and the Gawain-poet within the context of medieval
arts of prayer.
Along with Lisa Moore-Hunt (University of Wyoming), Tim is developing
a multi-media documentary project titled The Craft of Parchment,
which investigates the development of manuscript culture through the medium
of parchment. Tim has also provided for us this alternative biography: Although
Tim Spence is currently a Visiting Professor of English at Hollins University,
deep down he feels he is elegantly unemployable and has nightmares of being
forced to eat typewriter ribbons. Tim insists that he must have a trinity
of THEME SONGS: Velvet Underground, "Sweet Nothing," Stereolab, "The
Light That Will Cease to Fail," and Pavement, "Fillmore Jive."
Karl Steel, Brooklyn College, CUNY (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Karl Steel is Assistant Professor of English at Brooklyn College. He does critical animal theory: he's completing a monograph titled How to Make a Human: Violence and Animals in the Middle Ages; co-editing (with Peggy McCracken) a special issue of postmedieval on "The Animal Turn"; has published on Sidrak and Bokkus and animals in Exemplaria; and has animals pieces appearing in the first issue of postmedieval and the Ohio UP anthology (edited by BABEL divines Eileen Joy, Betsy McCormick, and Myra J. Seaman) Fragments for a History of a Vanishing Humanism. He's also proud to have a piece on "The Phoenix and Turtle" in the anthology Shakesqueer (to be published by the "notoriously liberal Duke University Press"). If research be the food of life, play on. He posts occasionally on the webblog In the Middle, where he tries to be a notorious troublemaker. THEME SONGS: Brigitte Fontaine, "Je suis inadaptée" ("Je n'aime pas ... les femmes qu'on jette / A la mer dans un sac / Avec un chat vivant") or Essential Logic, "Brute Fury" ("brute fury / they couldn't find the answers / that they wanted").
Cheryl Stiles, Kennesaw State University (email@example.com)
- Cheryl Stiles is Assistant Librarian at Kennesaw State where
she coordinates library instruction, and she is a doctoral student in English
at Georgia State University. Her poems, essays, and reviews have appeared
in numerous online and print journals. Recently she launched her own small
poetry press, La Vita Poetica, and is releasing two chapbooks from the press
later this year. Her interests include: the history of the book, the book
as art object and artifact, and electronic publishing and the digitalization/archival
preservation of texts. She considers herself a very crafty person and loves
to make books by hand. After reading Forty Centuries of Ink by David
N. Carvalho last fall, she produced her own homemade black walnut ink (gall
nut ink) from scratch and shared it with her calligrapher friends. Cheryl
has agreed to be BABEL's librarian.
Will Stockton, Clemson University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Will Stockton is Assistant Professor of English at Clemson. He is the author of Playing Dirty: Sexuality and Waste in Early Modern Comedy (forthcoming from Minnesota, 2011), a book about the eroticized production of filth and the limits of both psychoanalytic and historicist hermeneutics. With Stephen Guy-Bray and Vin Nardizzi, he is also the co-editor of Queer Renaissance Historiography: Backward Gaze (Ashgate, 2009). His essays have appeared in Exemplaria, Texas Studies in Literature and Language, and Rhizomes. The scope and shape of his current projects are ill-defined: one argues that psychoanalysis reiterates a dually early modern and prelapsarian way of thinking about sex; another explores the ways that horror films and fiction pose questions about animal rights in a posthumanist idiom. THEME SONG: Prince, "I Wanna Be Your Lover"
Randall Storey (email@example.com)
- Randall has no fixed abode, material or intellectual. He completed his PhD thesis, "Technology and Military Policy in England, 1250-1350" at the University of Reading in 2003. He's fond of forcing squaring pegs into round holes which includes pretending that mainstream histories work while hoping that alternatives flourish. THEME SONG: Soft Cell, "Tainted Love."
Robert Sturges, Arizona State University (Robert.Sturges@asu.edu)
- Bob Sturges has a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Brown. His career has taken him hither and thither, and he spent many years teaching in New Orleans, where he met his partner, Jim Davidson. They fled after Hurricane Katrina, and eventually fetched up in Arizona, where Bob is now Professor and Director of Graduate Studies in the English Department at Arizona State. He is the author of Medieval Interpretation: Models of Reading in Literary Narrative, 1100-1500 (1990), Chaucer’s Pardoner and Gender Theory: Bodies of Discourse (2000), and Dialogue and Deviance: Male-Male Desire in the Dialogue Genre (Plato to Aelred, Plato to Sade, Plato to the Postmodern) (2005), as well as many essays. His edited collection on Law and Sovereignty in the Middle Ages and the Renaissance should appear from Brepols any minute now, and he’s finishing up an edition of The Middle English Pseudo-Augustinian Soliloquies and Its Anti-Lollard Commentary, with his collaborator in the UK, Liz Urquhart, for the Heidelberg Middle English Texts series. His next book is under contract to Palgrave, and at the moment it’s called The Circulation of Power in Medieval Biblical Drama: Theaters of Authority. Recent and forthcoming essays and lectures concern economic discourse in the Towneley plays, visuality in Dante and Lacan and in Chaucer, Merlin at the limits of the human, and the Guise family’s medievalism. Bob recently realized his iMac has a “Photo Booth” feature, and the result is below. THEME SONG: Mozart, The Marriage of Figaro reconciliation scene.
Larry Swain, Independent Scholar (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Larry recently completed his PhD at the University of Illinois at Chicago in English, specializing in Medieval English and such things. Larry does a lot of stuff, never fully listed anywhere because such a listing would be too pedestrian. A few things of possible interest to Babelers is this guy edits The Heroic Age that has published and will continue to publish papers by Babel members. He also blogs, aptly calling himself The Ruminate, carefully and fully chewing his intellectual cud. Matt Gabriele graciously allows him to post on occasion at Modern Medieval. Swain describes himself as pretty much interested in everything between about 1000 BCE and 1900 CE, which makes being a medievalist, in the middle of that long stretch, so interesting. THEME SONG: Bela Fleck and the Flecktones, "Sinister Minister," Pt. 1 and Pt. 2, and his theme book would be The Exeter Book, a mix of bawdy, silly, spiritual, mundane and sublime.
LeAnne Teruya, San Jose State University (email@example.com)
- LeAnne Teruya is a geologist who likes exploring the
connections between seemingly opposing ideas and concepts. This must be
true because she loves being a geologist every bit as she once loved being
a student of 18th-century English literature, and she makes her geology
students dissect the personification of geological processes in poems by
A.R. Ammons. She herself does close readings of granite rocks in the Sierra
Nevada mountain range in California. Check our her blog, She
Janet Thormann, College of Marin (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Janet Thormann retired from teaching at Marin in 2008, leaving her free to work on Chaucer. Her two main research interests have been Old English poetry and psychoanalysis.
She has published Lacanian readings of Chaucer’s “Shipman’s
Tale,” Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Shakespeare’s Twelfth
Night, and Art Spiegelmann’s Maus, and has also published
articles on the meaning of the child in the nineteenth century in Henry
James, Derridean absence and “The Lament of the Sole Survivor” in Beowulf, Zizek
and the real in “The Battle of Brunanburh,” and the representation
of Jews in Old English narrative poetry. During the past few years, she
has tried to arouse a concern among psychoanalysts and therapists for human
rights in essays on Arundahati Roy’s The Good of Small Things,
J.M. Coetzee’s Waiting for the Barbarians, and Shoshana
Felman’s The Juridical Unconscious. Violence and
the law are her current preoccupations. THEME SONG: Count Basie, "L'il Darlin'"
The Tiny Shriner, Hookah Lounges
- The Tiny Shriner is the official mascot of the medieval
studies group weblog In The
Middle and also the beloved object of the Tiny
Shriner Adoration Society. When not haunting hookah lounges, discotheques,
opium dens, boutique hotels, buddha bars, and transatlantic planes, Tiny
lives in the crevices and underneath the floorboards of Jeffrey Cohen's
office, where he writes mash notes to his favorite medievalists, all of
whom mistakenly believe they are Tiny's one true love (when, actually,
only Kate Moss is). Tiny is a hedonist in every possible definition of
the term and it is no great matter--as he is plastic, he cannot die nor
is prone to liver disease, gout, or syphillis. THEME SONG:
"Get Yourself High"
Figure 13. Tiny after one too
many drinks in Kalamazoo (May 2008)
Elaine Treharne, Florida State University (email@example.com)
Elaine Treharne is Professor of Early English Literature at Florida State,
and specializes in early medieval manuscripts and texts. She investigates
the archeology of the book and the ways in which texts were received and
used. She is a Co-Director of the Arts and Humanities Research Council-funded
Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060 to 1220," based
in the Department of English at the University of Leicester. She is currently
completing two books, Cnut: Viking Warror, Anglo-Saxon King (2009)
and Living Through Conquest: The Ideology of Early English (Oxford
Univ. Press, 2009). Her major new project entitled
"The Architextuality of Early English" seeks to uncover the polysemy
of text in various manuscript contexts from c. 1000-1300. She
is also beginning work on her native Welsh Literature, and is researching
A History of British Manuscript Studies. Her theme song is the
musical adaptation of Beowulf (sung here by
Hrothgar, Wealhtheow and Grendel, with the amassed comitati of Geatland).
Peter Travis, Dartmouth College (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Peter Travis is the Henry Winkley Professor of Anglo-Saxon
and English Language and Literature at Dartmouth, where he specializes
in medieval literature (especially Chaucer) and contemporary critical theory.
He has published numerous articles on Chaucer and is also the author of Dramatic
Design in the Chester Cycle (Univ. of Chicago Press, 1982). He has a new book out from Notre Dame, Disseminal Chaucer: Rereading the Nun's Priest Tale (November, 2009).
Stephanie Trigg, University of Melbourne (email@example.com)
- Stephanie Trigg is Lecturer in English Literary Studies
at Melbourne where she teaches medieval, medievalist and modern literature.
She has written on the institutions of Chaucer criticism in Congenial
Souls: Reading Chaucer from Medieval to Postmodern (2002)
and is now trying to finish a book on the Order of the Garter (1346-2008),
to see what it can tell us about the life of the medieval in post-medieval
culture. It's part of an abiding interest in institutions with long histories.
She has a long history at her own institution, although illness and other
local changes have recently shaken up her sense of the most important things
humanities scholars can do. She blogs at Humanities
Researcher. THEME SONG: Madonna, "Ray
Elly Truitt, Bryn Mawr College (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Elly Truitt specializes in Medieval History and Science
and Medicine and she received her PhD in the History of Science from Harvard
University in 2007. Her research interests include medieval technology, the
occult sciences, courtly culture, imaginary lands and faraway places, and
all aspects of the strange and weird of the medieval world. She is currently
working on a book about medieval robots.
Amy Vines, University of North Carolina at Greensboro (email@example.com)
- Amy Vines is Assistant
Professor of English at UNCG who specializes in the literature of fourteenth-
and fifteenth-century England, with concentrations in women’s
readership, patronage, textual studies, and medieval romance. She has
published articles on romance, the Middle English prose Brut, and
fifteenth-century nativity lyrics; she is currently completing a monograph
titled A Woman’s Counsel: Literary Models of Female Patronage in
Late Medieval English Romance. She joins BABEL Working Group
as a new heretic and brings along her band of ninja warriors for any quick,
discrete interventions or coups d’état that may be
necessary (provided there are enough Cheetos to sustain them). THEME
SONG: The Alan Parsons
Project, “Main Title Theme from Ladyhawke”
Valerie Vogrin, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Valerie Vogrin is Assistant Professor of English at
Southern Illinois where she teaches courses in fiction writing and is one
of the editors of Sou'wester,
SIUE's literary journal. Valerie is the author of the novel Shebang (University
Press of Mississippi, 2004), has published short stories in various journals
and magazines, and considers one of the highlights of her early career
winning the Playboy College Fiction Contest in 1988. Valerie is
BABEL's resident novelist and champion drunken night-time croquet and poker
player. THEME SONG: The
Partridge Family, "Come On, Get Happy"
Jon Wargo, Independent Scholar (email@example.com)
- Jon Wargo is a public school teacher and independent scholar working in Denver, Colorado. His research interests focus on queer visual culture, gender and sexuality, film, allegory, psychoanalysis, and performance studies. Being an aspiring medievalist, these interests culminate in a focus on Langland and medieval disidentification. His interests outside of medieval studies are in drag performance, Vh1 reality shows, haute cuisine and iced coffee. THEME SONG: MGMT, "Electric Feel"
Lawrence Warner, University of Sydney (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Lawrence Warner is Lecturer in Middle English at the University of Sydney. His main interests are Piers Plowman and its textual tradition, and he's also published on texts ranging from Obadiah the Proselyte's twelfth-century Hebrew autobiography to Othello. When not co-editing The Yearbook of Langland Studies he likes to meditate to his THEME SONG: Elvis, "Blue Moon of Kentucky."
Angela Jane Weisl, Seton Hall University (email@example.com)
- Angela Jane Weisl is Associate Professor of English and
Director of Graduate Studies at Seton Hall. She has intense interests in
the intersections (and "crossings") between medieval and contemporary
culture, one of the fruits of which is her book The Persistence of Medievalism:
Narrative Adventures in Contemporary Culture (Palgrave Macmillan, 2002).
Professor Weisl is also the author of Conquering the Reign of Femeny:
Gender and Genre in Chaucer's Romance (D.S. Brewer, 1995) and the co-editor
(with Cindy Carlson) of Constructions of Widowhood and Virginity in the
Middle Ages (Palgrave, 1999). Prof. Weisl is, moreover, the author of
a chapter to Cultural Studies of the Modern Middle Ages (Palgrave
Macmillan, 2007) titled
"She appears as brightly radiant as she once was foul: Medieval
Conversion Narratives and Contemporary Makeover Shows."
Bonnie Wheeler, Southern Methodist University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Bonnie Wheeler is Professor of English and Director
of Medieval Studies at Southern Methodist, the editor of Arthuriana,
and the series editor for the New Middle Ages imprint at Palgrave. She
is also editor and co-editor of numerous books on the Middle Ages, including Medieval
Mothering (Garland, 1996), Becoming Male in the Middle Ages (Garland,
1997), and Eleanor of Aquitaine: Lord and Lady (Palgrave Macmillan,
2002). She has also served as a commentator and historical consultant for
A&E and The History Channel's programs on Camelot, the Holy Grail,
and Joan of Arc. Prof. Wheeler is a veritable force to be reckoned with
and dresses more stylishly than anyone BABEL knows. Anna Wintour could
take tips (editor of Vogue, for those of you who don't know).
Karen Marie Williams, University of California, Berkeley (email@example.com)
- Karen Marie Williams is a Ph.D. candidate in English
at Berkeley, where she works on Old English literature and the peculiar
genre of Anglo-Saxon law. Schooled in the literary-historical mode but
with a love of legal order, she aspires to be something of a cross between
Dorothy Whitelock and Judge Judy. Before beginning her Ph.D. at Berkeley,
she spent a year at King's College London, where in addition to studying
Anglo-Saxon poetry, she also trained with the British National Kickboxing
Team. And yes, she's pretty sure she can still knock you down. THEME SONG: The
Mamas & the Papas, "California Dreamin'"
Maggie McEnchroe Williams, William Paterson University (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Maggie McEnchroe Williams is an accidental medievalist who revels in teaching Art History to reluctant studio artists, math majors, and assorted undergraduates. She is happily employed by William Paterson University in New Jersey. Her youthful self studied Irish high crosses as emblems of cultural identity, and her work often meandered into the areas of costume and personal adornment, as in her 2002 article, “Dressing the Part: Depictions of Noble Costume in Irish High Crosses.” In her present incarnation, she has turned to contemporary reproductions and recreations of medieval Irish imagery in jewelry, souvenirs, and body art. She’s currently working on a book that has her frequenting tattoo studios in the New York City area. Her proudest medieval moment was getting married in Siena’s late thirteenth-century Palazzo Pubblico. THEME SONG: L.L. Cool J, "Mama Said Knock You Out"
Meg Worley, Pomona College (email@example.com)
- Meg Worley has been to seven continents, has lived on four,
and has been arrested on three. She is now less migratory as an assistant
professor at Po(mona) Co(llege), where she teaches classes on comic books,
children's literature, HEL, the Bible as literature, and all things medieval.
Currently she is interested in translation, superhero comics, coinage, biblical
exegesis, and old-fashioned history, upon which she aspires to perform various
Marxist, psychoanalytic, and postcolonialist vivisections and party tricks.
She blogs at http://xom.blogs.com/xoom.
THEME SONG: "Ojalá que llueve café."
Julian Yates, University of Deleware (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Julian Yates received his B.A. (Hons.) from St. Anne’s
College in 1990, Oxford and PhD in English Literature from UCLA in 1996.
He makes his home at University of Delaware, where he teaches courses
on Medieval and Renaissance British Literature, literary theory, and
material culture studies. His first book, Error, Misuse, Failure:
Object Lessons from the English Renaissance (Minnesota, 2003) examined
the social and textual lives of what contemporaries named “cunning” or “curious
conveyances”—that is manufactured objects whose effects appeared
to exceed the powers of the human agents that made them (relics, portrait
miniatures, the printed page, secret hiding places) and was a finalist
for the MLA Best First Book Prize in 2003. His recent work focuses
on adapting the critical language of material culture studies to deal with “things” that
were once alive (plants, animals, fungi) and is evolving into a book with
the working title “Strange Tables: Ingredients for Post-humanist
Table Talk.” This project has been supported by a long-term NEH fellowship
at the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington DC (2006-2007), a Francis
Bacon Foundation award at the Huntington Library in San Marino CA (2007),
and a Franklin Research Award from the American Philosophical Society (2007).
He is currently finishing two essays: “Skin Merchants: Jack Cade’s
Futures and the Figural Politics of William Shakespeare’s 2 Henry
6,” and “Animal Otium: The Ruminant Legacies of Renaissance
Humanism.” An early essay deriving from the project is available
online here. THEME
SONG: Roxy Music, "Remake/Remodel"
Blaire Zeiders, University of Wisconsin-Madison (email@example.com)
- Blaire Zeiders is a graduate student at Wisconsin-Madison.
Specifically, she is interested in intersections between conceptions of the
early modern nation and the Arthurian printed text as they manifest in the
traces left by readers, actual and imagined. Generally, she enjoys speaking
about herself in the third person, smirking in the presence of pretension,
and listening to her THEME SONG: Barenaked
a Good Boy.” She is very excited to be included in BABEL, on which
she has long had a crush.
Figure 14. Karl S., Blaire, and
Mary Kate H. being ridiculous at the Scottish Arms while Anne Clark Bartlett
and Cindy Ho make wild hand hestures in the background (Saint Louis, Oct.