34th Annual SEMA Meeting

Saint Louis University


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Saturday, October 4th

8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m.

Busch Student Center Lobby (Grand Ave. Entrance)


9:00-10:30 a.m.

Session 36. Multi-Modal Techniques and Assignments for the Medieval Classroom (Roundtable)

Busch Student Center 254

Organizer: Rick McDonald, Utah Valley University

Chair: Rick McDonald

"Increasing Student Confidence via an Online Arthurian Roundtable"

Gloria Betcher, Iowa State University

"I Haz Paypurs on Langwage fer U, Srsly: Internet and Other Electronic Languages as a Topic for History of the English Language"

Teresa Reed, Jacksonville State University

"Medieval Business Etiquette and YouTube"

Laura Lambdin and Rober Lambdin, University of South Carolina

"Experiments in Multi-modal Teaching and Assignments"

Christine Cooper-Rompato, Utah State University

"Why Multi-modal Assignments are NOT Stupid"

Rick McDonald, Utah Valley University

"Digital Chaucer: Textbooks and Wikis"

Tom Farrell, Stetson University

Session 37. Defining Disability

Busch Student Center 253A

Organizer: Julie Singer, Washington University in Saint Louis

Sponsor: Society for the Study of Disability in the Middle Ages

Chair: Julie Singer

"The Reproduction of the Female Body: Defining Disabled Women in Medieval Literature"

Tory Vandeventer Pearman, Loyola University, Chicago

"Defining Mental Incapacity in Medieval English Administration and Medicine"

Wendy J. Turner, Augusta State University

"Un-limiting the Palette: Acknowledging a Spectrum of Definitions of Disability in the Middle Ages"

Greg Carrier, University of Alberta

Session 38. Late Medieval/Early Modern Literature

Busch Student Center 351

Chair: William Layher, Washington University in Saint Louis

"William Dunbar's Headache: His Desire for Stability as James IV's Textual Creator"

Thomas M. Dieckmann, Saint Louis University

"Controlling the Body of Henry VI: Lydgate's Lives of Edmund and Fremund"

Chris Vinsonhaler, University of Iowa

"Profit in the imagination: Ralegh's Incorporation of Mandeville in the Discovery"

Lowell Duckert, George Washington University

"Abject Horror and the Renaissance Imagination: Plotting the Intersection of Human and Monster in Book I of Edmund Spenser's Faerie Queene"

Melissa Rack, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

Session 39. Erotic/Somatic/Nationalist Identities

Busch Student Center 251A

Chair: Kristina Watkins Mormino, Georgia Gwinnett College

"The Erotic Economies of Violence in Chretien's Yvain"

Michael Widner, University of Texas at Austin

"Chretien's God as the Unconscious: Continuity Between Pagan and Christian Notions of the Real"

Melanie Hackney, Lousiana State University

"Becoming Sir Launfal"

John T. Sebastian, Loyola University, New Orleans

"Fleshing Out The King of Tars"

Jamie Friedman, Cornell University

Session 40. Gendered/Sexed/Schizoid

Busch Student Center 352

Chair: Ana Carapostol, University of Mississippi, Oxford

"Crossdressing Tiresias: Omnisexuality of Medieval Secular Literature"

Jossalyn Thiel, Saint Louis University

"Arguing Women Trouvères in Douce 308"

Nadia Colin, University of Mississippi, Oxford

"The Problematic Embodiment of John Gerson's Visionary Daughter of the King"

Nancy McLoughlin, University of California, Irvine

"Schizoid Bodies, Split History: Eleanor of Aquitaine and Henry of Champagne in Richard Coer de Lyon"

Gary Lim, The Graduate Center, CUNY

Session 41. Excrement, Ingestion, and Meat

Busch Student Center 353

Chair: Michael Johnson, University of Texas at Austin

"Waste Studies: A New Paradigm for Literary Analysis as Applied to Chaucer's Fecopoetics"

Susan S. Morrison, Texas State University-San Marcos

"The Excremental Lady"

Michael Johnson, University of Texas at Austin

"The Return of the Pig? Violence and Meat in Resurrection Doctrine"

Karl Steel, Brooklyn College, CUNY

"What's Eating the Mermedonians? Body and Food in the Old English Andreas"

Fabienne Michelet, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto

Session 42. Modern/Postmodern Medievalisms

Busch Student Center 253D

Chair: Susan Hagen, Birmingham-Southern College

"Present Performance of Medieval Masculinity: John McCain as Chivalric Knight"

Scott Boston, Bowling Green State University

"T.S. Eliot, Modernists, Postmodernists, and Medievalists"

Whitney Williams, Birmingham-Southern College

"I Could Never Touch You, I Think It Would Be Wrong: Enclosing Atta"

Isaac Vayo, Bowling Green State University

"Becoming (Not So) Modern: Tristan in the Novelette Legends of the Fall"

Ellen Lorraine Friedrich, Valdosta State University

11:00-12:00 noon


Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room


Steven F. Kruger, Queens College and Graduate Center, CUNY

12:00-1:30 p.m.

Business Luncheon

Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room

2:00-3:30 p.m.

Session 43. The Place of the Medieval in the Present

Busch Student Center 353

Organizer: Myra Seaman, College of Charleston

Sponsor: The BABEL Working Group

Chair: Eileen Joy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"American Interventions in the Medieval Present"

Myra Seaman and Erica Carson, College of Charleston

"Let's Do the Time Warp Again: Rifts, Juxtapositions and Critical Capital"

Betsy McCormick, Mt. San Antonio College

"Becoming the Medieval Jongleur"

Justin Brent, Presbyterian College


Anne Clark Bartlett, DePaul University

Session 44. Economics/Bodily Exchanges

Busch Student Center 251A

Chair: Keith Knapp, The Citadel

"Commodities and the Embodiment of Value: Money and the Money Economy During the Commercial Revolution"

Julie Mell, North Carolina State University

"Body as Currency: The Purchase of Holiness in Late Antiquity"

Shawn Weeks, University of New Mexico

"Margerya in pourte? The Book of Margery Kempe and Evangelical Poverty"

Elizabeth Harper, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

"The Role of Merchants in Hoccleve's Regiment of Princes"

Damon Kraft, University of Missouri, Columbia

Session 45. Illumination, Iconography

Busch Student Center 351

Chair: Elizabeth Bailey, Wesleyan College

"Images in the Luttrell Psalter: Animal Images as Textual Glosses"

Susanna Miller, Birmingham-Southern College

"Multiple Bodies in French Theophile Iconography: The Virgin Mary, the Devil, the Church, and the Eternal Body of Theophile"

Minne B. Sangster, North Carolina Central University

"Theater and Threnos: The Embroidered Epitaphos as an Actor in the Liturgical Drama"

Henry Schilb, University of Indiana, Bloomington

"An Analysis of Diverse Medieval Images within their Cultural Context" (spoof paper)

Mary D. Edwards, Pratt Institute and School of Visual Art

Session 46. Pearl and Patience

Busch Student Center 253A

Chair: Laura Bedwell, Baylor University

"Beating the Bounds: Reading Patience Liturgically"

Nunzio D'Alessio, University of Texas at Austin

"Pearl's Biblical Paraphrase"

Laura Bedwell, Baylor University

"Time, Work, and Eternity in Pearl's Vineyard Parable"

Vivien Zelazny, Baylor University

"Embodying Time in Pearl"

Dawn Simmons Walts, Lewis University

Session 47. Old English/Anglo-Saxon IV

Busch Student Center 352

Chair: Trish Ward, College of Charleston

"A Letter that George Blattermann--the First Professional Anglo-Saxonist in the United States--Wrote on 26 June 1824 to Thomas Jefferson on Teaching Modern Languages at the University of Virginia"

J.R. Hall, University of Mississippi

"Distance, Difference, and Cultural Boundaries: Rethinking the Unity of the Beowulf Codex"

Teresa Hooper, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

"Marian Meditation in the Old English Christ I"

Trish Ward, College of Charleston

"The Problem of Dialogue Assignment in Christ I"

AnnaKatherine Amacker, College of Charleston

Session 48. Love and Sex and Violence in French Romance

Busch Student Center, Saint Louis Room

Chair: Dan O'Sullivan, University of Mississippi, Oxford

"Limbs Restored: Amputation and Redemption in Thirteenth-Century French Verse Romance"

David S. King, The Richard Stockton College of New Jersey

"Re(de)fining Communitas: Bodily and Spiritual Love in Marie de France's Lanval and Eliduc"

Rachel Early, Vanderbilt University

"Just a Flesh Wound: Love and Injury in Marie de France's Guigemar"

Kristina Watkins Mormino, Georgia Gwinnett College

Session 49. Royal/Political/Mercantile Bodies

Busch Student Center 254

Chair: Lorraine K. Stock, University of Houston

"Like a Rolling Stone: Shahrayar, Shahrazad and the Power to Act in the Islamic Kalam"

Christine Hoffmann, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

"Charlemagne and the Embodiment of Fortitudo in Gilles of Paris's Karolinus"

Anne Latowsky, University of South Florida

"Geoffrey of Monmouth's Primitivist Foundation Myth for Britain: The Afterlife of Gog and Magog as Icons of National and Civic Identity"

Lorraine K. Stock, University of Houston

"The Object Biography of Whiteness: Affective Labor and the Color of Salvation in Pearl"

Wan-Chuan Kao, The Graduate Center, CUNY

3:45-5:15 p.m.

Session 50. Transgressive/Transgender/Transdesire

Busch Student Center 352

Chair: Rabia Gregory, University of Missouri, Columbia

"Queering Authorship in Piers Plowman: Trans Pride in the C-Text"

Masha Raskolnikov, Cornell University

"The Incestuous Body: Sinuously Virtuous"

Boncho Dragiyski, Washington University in Saint Louis

"More Eunuch than Eunuch: Euphrosine's Tran/s/kin"

Shanna Carlson, Cornell University

Session 51. Secret/Transpersonal/Trans-Fashioned

Busch Student Center 254

Chair: Nunzio D'Alessio, University of Texas at Austin

"The Body Split Open: Performing Holy Flesh"

Elina Gertsman, Southern Illinois University, Carbondale

"Revelations of Divine Individuation: Julian of Norwich, the Transpersonal Self, and the Archetypal Feminine"

Lori Tubbs, Baylor University

"The Sexual/Textual Body of The Orchard of Syon"

Jennifer N. Brown, Fordham University

"Body, Memory, Intellect: Becoming Gisla of Chelles"

Helene Scheck, University of Albany, SUNY

Session 52. Chaucer III

Busch Student Center 253A

Chair: Alan Baragona, Virginia Military Institute

"Shifting Bodies in the Manciple's Tale"

Cindy L. Vitto, Rowan University

"Som Deyntee Thing: Poetry and Possibility in the Tale of Sir Thopas"

Katharine Jager, University of Houston-Downtown

"Some Thomistic Aspects of Bodies in Chaucer's Friar's Tale"

Carl Franks, Central Methodist University

"An Overlooked Legacy: The Disappearance of Petrus Alfonsi from Chaucer Scholarship"

Louise Cole, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville

Session 53. Medieval Romance

Busch Student Center 251A

Chair: Wan-Chuan Kao, The Graduate Center, CUNY

"Avenging Christ for Fun and Profit: Irony and Greed in The Siege of Jerusalem"

Steve Conn, College of Charleston/The Citadel

"Þou hafes forgetyn whate þou was: Transformed Bodies and Communities in Sir Isumbras"

Bonnie Erwin, Indiana University, Bloomington

"The Metonymy of Sword and Scabbard in Malory's The Tale of King Arthur"

Gerald Nachtwey, Eastern Kentucky University

Session 54. Bodies in Between

Busch Student Center 353

Organizer: Liza Blake, New York University

Sponsor: The BABEL Working Group

Chair: Eileen Joy, Southern Illinois University Edwardsville

"A Question of Being Itself: Dangerous Knowing and the Wonders of the East"

Mary Kate Hurley, Columbia University

"Palimpsestic Poetics in Orfeo: What a Book Might do to Body"

Dan Remein, New York University

"Becoming-Necrophilic: Inanimate Corporeality in The Squyr of Lowe Degree"

Liza Blake, New York University

"The Implications of the Printed Arthurian Text on 'certain very ancient' Books and Bones"

Blaire Zeiders, University of Wisconsin-Madison


Steven F. Kruger, Queens College, CUNY Graduate Center

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Friday Schedule