34th Annual SEMA Meeting

Saint Louis University

CONFERENCE PROGRAM

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Friday, October 3rd

8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

Busch Student Center Lobby (Grand Ave. Entrance)

REGISTRATION

9:00-10:30 a.m.

Session 14. Medieval Medicine I

Busch Student Center 251A

Chair: Florence Eliza Glaze, Coastal Carolina University

"Medicine, Disease, and Malarial Depression in Italy c. 1000-1200"

Florence Eliza Glaze, Coastal Carolina University

"Feeding the Multitudes: The Peasant Table in Medieval Southern France"

Wendy Pfeffer, University of Louisville

"Rashid al-Din's Tansuqnamah: Taoist Medical Images in Fourteenth-Century Iran and the Limits of Cross-Cultural Reception"

Persis Berlekamp, University of Chicago

Session 15. Hypermedia/Hypertext

Busch Student Center 253A

Chair: Steve Guthrie, Agnes Scott College

"Hypermedia and the Bayeux Tapestry: A Study of Remediation"

John M. Crafton, University of West Georgia

"The Luttrell Psalter as Hypertext"

Steve Guthrie, Agnes Scott College

Session 16. Royal Bodies, Disobedient Kings, and the Body Politic

Busch Student Center 352

Organizer: Wendy Marie Hoofnagle, University of Northern Iowa

Chair: Larissa Tracy, Longwood University

"In the Dreams of Snoring Monks: William Rufus's Body in the New Forest"

Wendy Marie Hoofnagle, University of Northern Iowa

"Remembering the Body of the King in Robert of Cisyle"

Kisha G. Tracy, University of Connecticut

"The Family as Body Politic: Royal Lieutenants or Rivals in Ottonian Germany"

Phyllis G. Jestice, University of Southern Mississippi

Session 17. Medieval Philosophy

Busch Student Center 353

Chair: Frans van Liere, Calvin College

"The 'Existential' Interpretation of Boethius' Consolation of Philosophy"

Antonio Donato, Queens College, CUNY

"Whence Ockham?"

Alexander W. Hall, Clayton State University

"Deficient Material Causes and the Limits of the Science of Corporeal Creatures"

Andrew Lang, University of California, Berkeley

"Humanist Translation as Commentary"

Tom Juettner, Loyola University Chicago

Session 18. Mary/Madonna

Busch Student Center 254

Chair: Dan O'Sullivan, University of Mississippi

"Na Maria: The Virgin Mary in Old Occitan Song"

Dan O'Sullivan, University of Mississippi

"Christ Clothed in the Virgin's Flesh: Mary's Maternal Body in Gothic Devotional Sculpture"

Marian Bleeke, Cleveland State University

"The Body Holy and Defiled: Representations of Virgin Mary as Seen in Medieval Rhymed Versions of Her Nativity and Assumption"

Anne Scott, Northern Arizona University

Session 19. Vagina Dialogues: Sexual Dynamics in Medieval Comic Literature

Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room

Organizer: Mary Leech, University of Cincinnati

Chair: Mary Leech

"Voyeurism in the French Fabliaux"

Dorothy Schrader, Oklahoma State University

"The Spade-Made Maid Spayed: A Just-So Fabliau"

Nathaniel Dubin, St. John's University, Minnesota

Session 20. Christian/Christ's Bodies

Busch Student Center 351

Chair: Keith Stiles, Western Carolina University

"The Exaltation of the Holy Dead in Early Christian Basilicas"

Aneilya Barnes, Coastal Carolina University

"Christ the Giant"

Carl P. Springer, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"Embodying Wisdom: An Examination of the Development of the Iconography of Christ-Wisdom in the Late and Post-Byzantine Eras"

Dylan Remes Jensen, Independent Scholar

"Body of Christ, Body of the King: Christ III and Anglo-Saxon Law"

David Swanson, Florida State University

11:00 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Session 21. Eros and Phenomenology I

Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room

Organizer: Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington University in Saint Louis

Sponsor: The BABEL Working Group

Chair: Eileen Joy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"Eros and Unknowing in Malory's Tale of Balyn and Balan"

Eileen Joy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"Fro thens list hir not remove for nothing: The Place of Contemplative Desire"

Nicola Masciandaro, Brooklyn College, CUNY

"Philosophers in Love"

Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington University in Saint Louis

"Besotted"

Anna Klosowska, Miami University

Session 22. Embodiments of Chaucer in Modern Times

Busch Student Center 254

Organizers: Josephine A. Koster, Winthrop University and Alan Baragona, Virginia Military Institute

Chair: Norman Hinton, University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (emeritus)

"Hey Kids, Let's Put on a Pleye: The Challenge of the Royal Shakespeare Company's The Canterbury Tales"

Alan Baragona, Virginia Military Institute

"The Pardoner's Pitches, the Wife of Bat, and Baseball Pilgrims on The Cranberry Trail"

Gloria J. Betcher, Iowa State University

"The Holy Blisful Martir of Kannapolis: Chaucerian Narrative and NASCAR in Sharyn McCrumb's St. Dale"

Josephine A. Koster, Winthrop University

"Renaissance Fa(y)re: Helgeland's Knight's Tale"

Lan Lipscomb, Troy University, Montgomery

Session 23. Chaucer I

Busch Student Center 353

Chair: Ordelle Hill, Eastern Kentucky University

"I am myn ownen womman: Gender and Embodiment in Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde"

Christian Beck, Binghamton University

"The Arraying of Griselda: Gifting, Giving, and Clothing in Chaucer's Clerk's Tale"

Sheri McCord, Saint Louis University

"Sterile Bodies: Simony, Sodomy, and the Summoner's Compeer"

Joseph E. Marshall, Stevenson University

Session 24. Pedagogy

Busch Student Center 351

Chair: Warren Edminster, Murray State University

"Chaucer, Out Loud"

Bernard Lewis, Murray State University

"Sink or Swim: Tossing Undergraduates into the Deep End of Chaucerian Middle English"

Warren Edminster, Murray State University

"Teaching the Morte D'Arthur: Transferring the Body of Knowledge"

Tom Hanks, Baylor University

"Chivalry and the Student Athlete"

Natalie Grinnell, Wofford College

Session 25. Beowulf II

Busch Student Center 352

Chair: Daniel O'Gorman, Loyola University, Chicago

"Beowulf's Precarious Peace-Weaving"

Bridget Nordquist, South Dakota State University

"The Fighting Freoðuwebbe: Weaving Peace in the Fabric of Beowulf's Body"

Jennifer Culver, Saint Louis University

"Beowulf: The Body as Weapon"

Michael Elam, Saint Louis University

"Worldly Wisdom and Tragic Flaws: Wisdom Passages and Meaning in Beowulf"

Randi Anderson, South Dakota State University

Session 26. Old English/Anglo-Saxon II

Busch Student Center 251A

Chair: Edward J. Christie, Georgia State University

"Bodily Conflict in the Old English Guthlac Poems"

Justin T. Noetzel, Saint Louis University

"Fluid Bodies and Dangerous Signs: The Discourse of the Letter in the Old English Poetic Solomon and Saturn"

Edward J. Christie, George State University

"Bright Voice of Praise: An Old English Poet-Patron Convention in Widsith and Christian Verse"

Heather Maring, Arizona State University

"Revisiting Tolkien's Ofermod"

Nicholas Giedt, South Dakota State University

Session 27. Gawain

Busch Student Center 253A

Chair: Mary Behrman, Morehouse College

"Discursive and Conversive Communication in Oral Tradition: Literary Bodies Written and Unwritten--The Case of Sir Gawain"

Jean E. Jost, Bradley University

"Outwitted in Wales: The Five Wits, the Physical Brain, and Gawain's Senseless Concupiscence"

Alice Blackwell, Louisiana State University, Alexandria

"Gawain's Struggle with Ecology: An Eco-critical Look at Sir Gawain and the Green Knight"

Michael W. George, Millikin University

"Gawain and the Value of Virginity"

Sarah Lindsay, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

12:30-2:00

LUNCH BREAK

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Session 28. Eros and Phenomenology II

Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room

Organizer: Jessica Rosenfeld, Washington University in Saint Louis

Sponsor: The BABEL Working Group

Chair: Jessica Rosenfeld

"Reading, Touching, Knowing, Wanting"

Lara Farina, West Virginia University

"Bodies in Waiting"

Cary Howie, Cornell University

"Not a Love Story: Desire, History and Early Tudor Court Poetry"

Tony Hasler, Saint Louis University

Response

Amy Hollywood, Harvard University (Featured Respondent)

Session 29. Embodied Debates

Busch Student Center 351

Chair: Alexander Hall, Clayton State University

"Hartmann and Soul: An Examination of Cathar Influence on Body Versus Soul Dualism in Hartmann von Aue's Gregorius"

James C. Henriques, University of Georgia

"The Hope of Embodied Discourses: The Utopian Function in Winner and Waster"

Jacob Lewis, University of Arkansas

"Bodily Punishment and the Masculine Soul in the Desputation bitwen þe Bodi and þe Soule"

Eve Siebert, Saint Louis University

Session 30. Old English/Anglo-Saxon III

Busch Student Center 352

Chair: Doug Simms, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"The Three Voices of the Old English Riming Poem"

Doug Simms, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"Writing Riddles and Riddle Writing in the Exeter Book"

Peter Ramey, University of Missouri, Columbia

"The Empowered Feminine in the Anglo-Saxon Riddles"

David Fritts, Henderson Community College

"The Exeter Maxims: The Communal Body Speaks"

Patrick W. Conner, West Virginia University

Session 31. Medieval Medicine II

Busch Student Center 353

Chair: John Theilmann, Converse College

"Lacnunga 15: A Remedy for Wounds? An Answer from the Cadfael Chronicles"

Marie Nelson, University of Florida and Caroline Dennis, Independent Scholar

"The English Sweat and Henry Tudor Come to England"

John Theilmann and Whitney Weeks, Converse College

"Physical Diagnosis in the Leech Book of Bald"

Robert J. Tallaksen, M.D., West Virginia University

"Cognition's Corporal Consequences: Tommaso Del Garbo on the species in anima as Cause of Physical Change"

Kurt M. Boughan, The Citadel

Session 32. Chaucer II

Busch Student Center 251A

Chair: Josephine A. Koster, Winthrop University

"The Caytyf Body: Fiction and Flesh in the Parson's Tale"

Merrall Llewelyn Price, Oklahoma State University

"My Tale is of a Cok: The Nun's Priest's Tale as Quyting Agent"

Stephen Barker, Winthrop University

"The Cherles Dede: The Body as Battleground in the Summoner's Tale"

Mary Behrman, Morehouse College

"Substance into Accident: The Accidental Body and the Liberation of Intent"

Jessica Davis, Winthrop University

Session 33. Lyricism, Sin, and Divided Holy/Secular Bodies

Busch Student Center 254

Chair: Cynthia Ho, University of North Carolina, Asheville

"Piers Plowman and Lyric Embodiment"

Curtis H.R. Jirsa, Washington & Lee University

"The Pytt of the Body: Physicality and Sin in Fifteenth-Century England"

Candace Gregory-Abbott, California State University, Sacramento

"Stygmatizing Brother Ass: Reconciling the Bodies of St. Francis"

Cynthia Ho, University of North Carolina, Asheville

"The Transgressive, Non-Christian Bodies of Hrotsvit's Dulcitius and Pelagius"

Marisa Sikes, University of New Mexico

Session 34. Bodies of Knowledge: Teaching Differently-Themed Medieval Courses

Busch Student Center 253A

Organizer: Ellen L. Friedrich, Valdosta State University

Chair: Ellen L. Friedrich

"Fairy Lovers, Gallant Knights and Drunken Students--I Mean, Giants: Teaching Early French Literature in a Regional University"

Shira Schwam-Baird, University of North Florida

"Racial Stereotypes, Misogyny, and Sexual Innuendo: A Politically Incorrect Approach to Teaching Humor in Medieval Spanish Literature"

Connie Scarborough, University of Cincinnati

"Whoso list it nat yheere: Teaching the Medieval Culture of Violence in American Universities"

Larissa Tracy, Longwood University

Session 35. Reader's Theatre Performance of the York Fall of the Angels and Fall of Man

Busch Student Center 253D

Organizer: Warren Edminster, Murray State University

Two short plays from the York Cycle produced by and featuring Gloria Betcher (Iowa State University), Tom Farrell (Stetson University), Alan Baragona (Virginia Military Institute), Justin Brent (Presbyterian College), Joseph Wittig (University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill), and Warren Edminster (Murray State University).

4:00-5:00 p.m.

FIRST PLENARY ADDRESS

Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room

Bodies in Motion / Mandeville, Defective

Jeffrey Jerome Cohen, George Washington University

5:30-7:00 p.m.

Reception

Knights Room, Pius XII Memorial Library

7:30-9:00 p.m.

Banquet

Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room

The BABEL Post-Everything Tiny Shriner After-After-Assignation

9:30-ish to Late-ish

The Moolah Theatre & Lounge

Thursday Schedule

Saturday Schedule