34th Annual Southeastern Medieval Association Meeting

"Bodies, Embodiments, Becomings"

2-4 October 2008

Saint Louis University

Saint Louis, Missouri

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

Special Exhibit

"What a Piece of Work is a Man -- Reading the Body in Medieval Manuscripts"

a special exhibit of manuscript facsimiles in six groupings: The Social Order, The Body Bared, Holy Bodies, The Body as Other, The Body in Pieces, and Bodies in the Margins

First Floor Foyer, Pius XII Memorial Library

Thursday, October 2nd

10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Busch Student Center Lobby (Grand Ave. Entrance)

REGISTRATION

1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

Session 1. Faces, Nudity, Angel Bodies, and Friendship

Busch Student Center 251A

Chair: Michael Edward Moore, University of Iowa

"Meditations on the Face in the Middle Ages"

Michael Edward Moore, University of Iowa

"Naked Mystic, Naked God"

Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri-Columbia

"The Animated, Animating Angel-Body of Andreas"

Denis Ferhatovic, Yale University

"Dying for a Friend? Aelred of Rievaulx, Maurice Blanchot, and Jacques Derrida on Death and Friendship"

Travis Neel, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

Session 2. Bodies and Boundaries I

Busch Student Center 253A

Organizer: Rick Godden, Washington University in Saint Louis

Chair: Rick Godden

"Fame's Dead Bodies"

Rick Godden, Washington University in Saint Louis

"Reading Texts, Reading Bodies: Negotiations of Corporeal Boundaries in Fourteenth-Century Religious Lyrics"

Sarah Noonan, Washington University in Saint Louis

"Stanzaic Boundaries and the Disembodied Voice: Learning to Die in MS Bodley 221"

Elon Lang, Washington University in Saint Louis

Session 3. Violent Bodies

Busch Student Center 254

Chair: Phyllis Jestice, University of Southern Mississippi

"Don't Throw the Saint Out with the Dishwater: Bodies in the Old French St. Alexis"

Sarah Gordon, Utah State University

"Visualizing Bodily Harm in the Miracle of the Jew of Bourges"

Carlee A. Bradbury, Radford University

"Killing the Body to Improve the Soul: Asceticism in 7th-Century Anatolia in the Childhood of St. Theodore of Sykeon"

Joel Dowling Soka, Texas Tech. University

"The Bursting of the Womb: Male Revenge Fantasy and Hoccleve's Tale of Jonathas"

Gavin T. Richardson, Union University

Session 4. Poor, Penitential, and Diseased Bodies

Busch Student Center 351

Chair: Britt Mize, Texas A&M University

"The Road to Hell is Paved with Good Intentions: Determining the Pore Man's Fate in Lydgate's Danse of Death"

A. Rebecca Pomeroy, University of South Carolina

"Working with the Enemy: The New Utility of Judas Iscariot in Early Middle English Biblical Literature"

Britt Mize, Texas A&M University

"Words of Healing: The Intercessions of Damasus I"

Natalie Hall, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Session 5. Iberian Bodies

Busch Student Center 353

Chair: Lina L. Cofresí, North Carolina Central University

"The Body and the Language: The Transformation Scene in Gil Vicente's Frágoa d'amor"

Philip Krummrich, Morehead State University

"Las dimensiones del cuerpo en El Conde Lucanor de D. Juan Manuel"

Lina L. Cofresí, North Carolina Central University

"The ABC's of the Cid's Trial: Amor, Buying Influence, and Charisma"

Michael P. McGlynn, Witchita State University

Session 6. Old English/Anglo-Saxon I

Busch Student Center, Room 352

Chair: Sharon Rowley, Christopher Newport University

"Violating the Sacred Body" Coifi's Destruction of the Temple in Bede's Ecclesiastical History and the Triumph of Roman Colonialism"

Daniel Pigg, University of Tennessee at Martin

"Cuthbert's Saintly Body"

Mike Smith, George Washington University

"The Troiscan Wæle and the Becoming of the Ongolcynn"

Sharon Rowley, Christopher Newport University

"Wisdom and Law: Sapientia and Ideology in Alfred's Law Code"

Thomas D. Hill, Cornell University

3:00-4:30 p.m.

Session 7. Dead Bodies

Busch Student Center 254

Chair: Jay Ruud, University of Central Arkansas

"Corpsely Love in the Fifteenth Century"

Julie Singer, Washington University in Saint Louis

"Giving It All Away in Late Medieval English Wills"

Valerie Allen, John Jay College of Criminal Justice, CUNY

"The Dead, Decaying Body in In a þestri stude I stod"

Wendy A. Matlock, Kansas State University

"Chaucer, Dante, and the Resurrection of the Body"

Jay Ruud, University of Central Arkansas

Session 8. The Thirteenth Century: The Music is Gone (A Session in Memory of Patricia Norwood)

Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room

Organizer: Marian J. Hollinger, Fairmont State University

Chair: Marian J. Hollinger

"The Proverbs of Alfred: The Welsh Connection"

Helen Bennett, Eastern Kentucky University

"Catte Street, the Parish of St. Frideswide and Oxford Illuminators, 1201-1307"

Marian J. Hollinger, Fairmont State University

"Sir Orfeo's Harp, the Welsh Fairyland, and the Family of Llewelyn ap Gruffud"

Ordelle Hill, Eastern Kentucky University

Session 9. Bodies and Boundaries II

Busch Student Center 253A

Organizer: Rick Godden, Washington University in Saint Louis

Chair: Rick Godden

"Blurring the Boundaries Between the Self and Other, Latin Christendom and the East, in Mandeville's Travels"

Rob Patterson, Washington University in Saint Louis

"Secret and distant freaks: Deformation, Mastery and Gorilla/Guerilla Identity in Anglo-Norman Ireland"

Amy C. Eichhorn-Mulligan, University of Memphis

"Chaucer's Frankenstein Text"

Helen Marshall, Centre for Medieval Studies, Toronto

"Night of the Living Dead: The Mirror for Magistrates Writes the Middle Ages"

Beth Human, Saint Louis University

Session 10. Early Northwestern Europe

Busch Student Center 251A

Chair: Larry Swain, University of Illinois, Chicago

"Bodies in/as Bags in Anglo-Saxon Literature and Beyond"

Laura M. Reinert, Saint Louis University

"Beast Breath: Seeing the Unseen in Norse Material Culture"

Carrie Roy, University of Wisconsin, Madison

"Bodies of Water and the Limits of Holiness in Medieval Iceland"

Joel Anderson, University of Iceland

"Baring One's Teeth in Old Norse: Grettir and Skarpheðinn's Grins"

Jill Fitzgerald, Saint Louis University

Session 11. The Literary Construction of Religious Bodies: The Human, the Divine and the Profane

Busch Student Center 351

Organizer: Mikee Delony, Abilene Christian University

Chair: Mikee Delony

"Revelation, Consecration, and Embodiment: Touching the Invisible World in Ælfric's Easter Sermon"

Brittany Whitstone, Abilene Christian University

"Rhetorical Strategies of Reading and Speaking: Alison's Preaching Body in the Wife of Bath's Prologue"

Mikee Delony, Abilene Christian University

"Contemplatively (Re)visioning Bounds of Operation: The Construction and Expansion of Self in the Mystical Love Lyric of Hadewijch of Brabant"

Brice Nordquist, University of Louisville

Session 12. The Manifestations of the Body in Ninth-Century Biblical Commentary

Busch Student Center 352

Organizers: Thomas Greene and Daniel O'Gorman, Loyola University Chicago

Chair: Daniel O'Gorman

"Clothed in Virtue: The Imperial Body in Hrabanus Maurus's Exegesis for Empress Judith"

Amy Oberlin, Loyola University Chicago

"Cum timore et tremore: Religious Culture, Bodily Comportment and Affective States in Auxerrois Commentaries"

Thomas Greene, Loyola University Chicago

"Ne synt we muðfreo? Uncoupling Body and Spirit in the Old English Prose Psalms"

Daniel O'Gorman, Loyola University Chicago

Session 13. Beowulf I

Busch Student Center 353

Chair: Britt Mize, Texas A&M University

"Ana on Orde: Deconstructing Beowulf's Solitary Hero"

Mary Ziehe, Baylor University

"The Past is the Future: Predictive Conceptions of Time in Beowulf"

Kathleen Grode, South Dakota State University

"Clothes Make the Monster: Armor and the Grendelkin's Status as Monsters"

Marcus Hensel, University of Oregon

"The Untydras of Beowulf"

Karma de Gruy, Emory University

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Reception

Grand Hall, Dubourg Building (4th Floor)

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