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2018 Schedule

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Forty-Fourth Annual

Sewanee Medieval Colloquium

 

13-14 April 2018

 

ON THE THEME:

“Law and (Dis)Order”

  

The University of the South

Sewanee, TN

 

FRIDAY, 13 April

 

7:30 A.M.        Registration begins, Convocation Hall

                        (Light breakfast and printed program available)

8:30 A.M.—

9:50 A.M.       SESSIONS 1-3

 

 

1.         Intersecting Identities 1                            Spencer 271

 

Chair: Chris Palmer, Kennesaw State University

 

Paper: “Shattering the Past: Assembling early Christian Identities from Fragmented Historical Geographies”

            M. Breann Leake, University of Connecticut

 

Paper: “Shushing Dido: The Feminist Politics of Time and Silence in the Legend of Good Women

            Samantha K. Seal, University of New Hampshire

 

Comment: Myra Seaman, College of Charleston

 

 

2.         English Courts        DuPont Library, Torian Room

 

Chair: Matthew Irvin, University of the South

 

Paper: “Chaotic Order: Special Pleadings Before the Court of Common Pleas

            Lindsey McNellis, West Virginia University

 

Paper: “The Reeve vs. the Ealdorman: A Closer Look at Late Anglo-Saxon Law and Royal Service”

            Chelsea Shields-Más, SUNY College at Old Westbury

 

Comment: Richard Kaeuper, University of Rochester

 

3.         Violence in Iberia                                       McGriff Alumni House

 

Chair: Nahir I. Otaño Gracia, University of Pennsylvania

 

Paper: “The Bible as Witness: Hebrew Bible Production and Christian Violence in Late Medieval Iberia

            Lorraine Madway, University of Alabama

 

Paper: “Blessing the Irons and Assessing the Burns: Law and Liturgy of Ordeal in Medieval Castile-León”

            Rachel Welsh, New York University

 

Comment: Maya Soifer Irish, Rice University

 

10:00 A.M.—

12:00 P.M.       SESSIONS 4-7

 

4.         Laws of Performance         Spencer 271

 

Chair: Jeffery Stoyanoff, Spring Hill College

 

Paper: “Performing Piety: Public Religious Reading in the Architectural Context”

            Matthew Davis, McMaster University

 

Paper: “Clear and Present Stranger: Performance, Interiority, and the Opacity of Character”

            Mariah Min, University of Pennsylvania

 

Paper: “Reading Comedic Performance as Political Commentary in the Booke of Margery Kempe and Middle English Biblical Drama”

            Nicole Sidhu, East Carolina University

 

Comment: Theresa Coletti, University of Maryland, College Park

 

5.         Microhistorical Investigations into Law and Order                     DuPont Library, Torian Room

 

Chair: Wendy Turner, Augusta University

 

Paper: “Bringing up Bastards in Late Medieval Paris”

            Sara McDougall, John Jay College of Criminal Justice

 

Paper: “The Clerk William Tyssyngton and the Pursuit of Fugitives in the Late Thirteenth Century”

            Karl Shoemaker, University of Wisconsin

 

Paper: “The Trouble at Worms: Feud, Legislation, and the Limits of Authority in Eleventh-Century Germany”

            Laura Wangerin, Seton Hall University

 

Comment: Joel Harrington, Vanderbilt University

 

6.         Law, War, and Anger: Where no Woman Should Be?                         McGriff Alumni House

 

Chair: Richard Barton, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

 

Paper: “Matrons and Pleas of the Belly in Later Medieval England”

            Sara Butler, The Ohio State University

 

Paper: “Earning Military Authority: A Thirteenth-Century Countess’ Path of Power”

            Katrin Sjursen, Southern Illinois University, Edwardsville

 

Paper: “Countesses’ ira: Gender, Emotion and the Exercise of Power in High Medieval France, England and Germany”

Heather Tanner, The Ohio State University

 

Comment: Lois Huneycutt, University of Missouri

 

 

7.         Crimes before the Law: Sexuality, Nature, Disorder                        Social Lodge

 

Chair: Laura Godfrey, University of Connecticut

 

Paper: “Re(production) and the Limits of Nature”

            Micah Goodrich, University of Connecticut

 

Paper: “No Future for England: Richard II’s Non-Reproductive Sexuality, Queerness, and the Futurist Discourse of Kingship”

            Katherine Hardun, University of California, Riverside

 

Paper: “Natural Exclusions”

            Christine Libby, Pennsylvania State University

 

Comment: Steven Kruger, Queens College, City University of New York

 

12:00 P.M.—

1:00 P.M.        LUNCH, Convocation Hall

 

 

1:00 P.M.—

3:00 P.M.        SESSIONS 8-11

 

 

8.         Outlaw Acts                                 Spencer 271

 

Chair: Lydia Kertz, Columbia University

 

Paper: “Incriminating Anglo-Saxon Legal Practice in the Middle English Athelston”

            Dominique Battles, Hanover College

 

Paper: “‘Oure maister is icrouned • of outlawes kyng’: Resisting Authority and the Establishment of the Heroic Outlaw Motif in the ‘Tale of Gamelyn’”

            John Ford, Université Champollion/Université de Toulouse II-Jean Jaurés

 

Paper: “Familial Outlaws: Testing the Limits of Space, Proximity, and Restoration”

            Melissa Sartore, West Virginia University Institute of Technology

 

Comment: Alexander Kaufman, Ball State University

 

9.         Monastic Rules                                    Walsh-Ellet 202 

Chair: Evan MacCarthy, West Virginia University

 

Paper: “Violence in Church Law Governing the Clergy and Religious”

            Lawrence Duggan, University of Delaware

 

Paper: “‘Bending the Rule’: The Fate of Monastic Labor”

            Jeffrey Hanson, Harvard University

 

Paper: “(Dis)Order in the Desert: Royal Grants of Protection and their Discontents in the Carthusian Countryside”

            Hollis Shaul, Princeton University

 

Comment: John Howe, Texas Tech University

 

10.       Carolingian Order                          Walsh-Ellet 206

 

Chair: Susan J. Ridyard, University of the South

 

Paper: “Servants not Soldiers: Lordship and Social Morality in the Via Regia

            Allison Gose, University of North Carolina

 

Paper: “Ordering the Universe: Carolingian Encyclopedia and Hildegard of Bingen”

            Hannah Matis, Virginia Theological Seminary

           

Comment: Abigail Firey, University of Kentucky

 

11.        Memories Made to Order              McGriff Alumni House

Chair: William Engel, University of the South

 

Paper: “Remembering Order and Disorder in Angevin France: The Strange Case of Count David of Maine”

            Richard Barton, University of North Carolina, Greensboro

 

Paper: “Law, Custom, and Memory in Disputes in Eleventh-Century Anjou”

            Tracey Billado, Queens College, City University of New York

 

Paper: “Remembering Justice and Constructing Law in Medieval Brittany

            Jehangir Malegam, Duke University

 

Comment: Karl Shoemaker, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

3:00 P.M.—

3:30 P.M.        BREAK, Convocation Hall

 

3:30 P.M.—

5:30 P.M.        SESSIONS 12-15

 

 

12.        Historicizing Consent 1                 Spencer 271

 

Chair: Carissa Harris, Temple University

 

Paper: “Desire ‘Agaynst all right’: The Sexual Political Subjecthood of the English Pastourelle”

            Sarah Baechle, University of Mississippi

 

Paper: “Rape and Reputation in French Legal Cases”

            Aleksandra Pfau, Hendrix College

 

Paper: “Networks of Consent in Gower’s ‘Tale of the Rape of Lucrece’

            Jeffery Stoyanoff, Spring Hill College

 

Comment: Fiona Somerset, University of Connecticut

 

13.        Literary Form 1        DuPont Library, Torian Room

 

Chair: Susanna Fein, Kent State University

 

Paper: “Under Siege: Troilus and Criseyde and the Form of War”

            Daniel Davies, University of Pennsylvania

 

Paper: “Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as Remembrance of the Dead: Language and Form”

            Ruth Evans, Saint Louis University

 

Paper: “Interruption, Ethics, and Narrative Coherence in the Wife of Bath’s Prologue”

            Jamie Taylor, Bryn Mawr College

 

Comment: Arthur Bahr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

14.       War and Violence                           McGriff Alumni House

 

Chair: Stephen Raulston, University of the South

 

Paper: “Maintaining Order in Chaos: The Presence of the Great Companies and the Passage of Crusaders, 1360-1366”

            Ölbei Tamás, University of Lorraine

 

Paper: “Mercy or Condemned by Law: The Example of the Hundred Years War”

            Valerie Tourielle, University of Paris-Seine

 

Paper: “Sacro sacrilegio: Form, Function, and Phenomenological Funk in the Hystoria Constantinopolitana

            Jordan Amspacher, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

Comment: Kelly DeVries, Loyola University, Maryland

 

 

15.        Orders of Devotion                                    Gailor Hall 110

 

Chair: Jessica Barr, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

Paper: “The Order of Sins in the (re-)Christianization of Late Medieval Italy: Dominican and Franciscan Pastoral Patterns”

            Fabrizio Conti, John Cabot University

 

Paper: “Hybrid Devotion: Uniting the Affective and Didactic in an Orderly Way”

            Caitlin Koford, University of California, Santa Barbara

 

Paper: “Ordering the Contemplative World: The ‘Hundred Meditations on the Passion’ and the ‘Devotional History’ in Bodleian Library MS E Museo 160”

          Steven Rozenski, University of Rochester

 

Comment: Nancy Bradley Warren, Texas A&M University

 

5:30 P.M.—

6:00 P.M.       BREAK, Convocation Hall

 

6:00 P.M.        First PLENARY SESSION

Brinley Rhys Memorial Lecture

Gailor Auditorium

 

"Touched By Abstraction: Order, Body, and Song from Boethius to Machaut"

Sarah Kay, New York University

                       

 

7:00 P.M.        COCKTAILS AND DINNER

                        Convocation Hall

 

 

SATURDAY, 14 April

 

7:30 A.M.        Registration continues, Convocation Hall

                        (Light breakfast and printed program available.)

 

8:30 A.M.—

9:50 A.M.       SESSIONS 16-20

 

16.       American Orders                               Spencer 271

Chair: Rachel Welsh, New York University

 

Paper: “Thomas Becket in the Andes: Resistance and Restitution in Titu Cusi’s History of How the Spaniards Arrived in Peru”

            Amanda Kenney, University of Missouri

 

Paper: “Ordering Disorder: Discourses of the Medieval in Narratives of Floridian Colonization”

            Nancy Bradley Warren, Texas A&M University

 

Comment: Ruth Hill, Vanderbilt University

 

17.        Eco-Gender                                       duPont Library, Torian Room

Chair: Lesley Kordecki, DePaul University

 

Paper: “Albina, Albion, and the Gendering Landscape”

            Heather Blatt, Florida International Univerity

 

Paper: “Animal Care and Women’s Submission in John Gower’s ‘Tale of Rosiphelee’”

            Francine McGregor, Arizona State University

 

Comment: Alison Langdon, Western Kentucky University

 

18.       Monarchical Orders                      Social Lodge

 

Chair: Lawrence Duggan, University of Delaware

 

Paper: “Sacral Kingship as Resistance: The Middle English Life of St. Edward”

            Matthew Brown, Texas Woman’s University

 

Paper: “Speaking Truth to Kings: The Seven Sleepers of Ephesus, Westminster, and Rouen”

            Mary Grace DuPree, Emory University

 

Comment: Monika Otter, Dartmouth College

 

 

19.       The Mystical                     Gailor 110

 

Chair: Arvind Thomas, University of California, Los Angeles 

 

Paper: “Eating our Deserts [sic] First: Renunciative Vocation and Orders of Service in Julian of Norwich”

            James Knowles, North Carolina State University

 

Paper: “Sensory Experience, Heresy, and Mystical Writings in Fourteenth-Century England”

            Joshua Easterling, Murray State University

 

Comment: Lara Farina, West Virginia University

 

 

20.       Ordering Chaucer                          Gailor 128

 

Chair: Brian Gastle, Western Carolina University

 

Paper: “Ordering Knowledge in Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales

            Johanna Kramer, University of Missouri

 

Paper: “‘Positif lawe and swich decree’: The Subversion of Law in the Tales of Fragment I”

            David Raybin, Eastern Illinois University

 

Comment: Ruth Evans, Saint Louis University

 

 

10:00 A.M.—

12:00 P.M.       SESSIONS 21-25

 

21.        Sound and Silence                                      Spencer 271

 

Chair: Stephanie Batkie, University of the South

 

Paper: “Silence in the Wilderness: Gender and Landscape in the Roman de Silence

            Jessica Barr, University of Massachusetts, Amherst

 

Paper: “Christ’s Clamor: Noise in an Old English Harrowing of Hell”

            Jordan Zweck, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

Comment: Mary Hayes, University of Mississippi

 

 

22.       Intersecting Identities 2               duPont Library, Torian Room

 

Chair: Aleksandra Pfau, Hendrix College

 

Paper: “Voicing Violence: Reading Women’s Survival Narratives in Medieval Rape Songs”

            Carissa Harris, Temple University

 

Paper: “‘I am a woman of good fama and reputation’: Intersectionality, Queerness, and Resistance in the Crime Narratives of Late Medieval France”

            Emily Hutchinson, Mt. Royal University

 

Paper: “Public Women, Public Courts: Disorderly Bodies Litigating Order”

            Susan McDonough, University of Maryland

 

Comment: Glenn Burger, Queens College, City University of New York

 

 

23.       Hagiography                                   Gailor 110

 

Chair: Susan Ridyard, University of the South

 

Paper: “How to Do Things with Saints: A Reconsideration of an English Genre”

            Gina Di Salvo, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

Paper: “Law and Sanctity in the Cult of Umiliana de’ Cerchi”

            Shane MacDonald, Catholic University

 

Paper: “Mercy, Justice, and the Limits of Human Agency in The Golden Legend

            Matthew McGraw, Lincoln University

 

Comment: Valerie Hotchkiss, Vanderbilt University

 

 

24.       Theological Orders                       Gailor 128

 

Chair: Fabrizio Conti, John Cabot University

 

Paper: “Law and Order: The Birth of a Nation and the Creation of the World

            Daniel Frank, Purdue University

 

Paper: “A Hierarchy of Heterodoxy: Rationality in Alan of Lille’s De fide Catholica

            Brittany Poe, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

 

Comment: Lorraine Madway, University of Alabama

 

25.       Outlaw Rhetorics                                       Gailor Auditorium

 

Chair: Lydia Kertz, Montclair State University

 

Paper: “Outlaw Specifics and Legal Linguistics: The Crime of ‘Wulf and Eadwacer’”

            Matthew Aiello, University of Pennsylvania

 

Paper: “Making Sense of Rural Violence: Bandit Narratives in Thirteenth-Century Japan”

            Morton Oxenboell, Indiana University

 

Paper: “Where to Bury the Body of Brutinus? Cemeteries and the Politics of Excommunication and Reconciliation in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Century”

            Anthony Perron, Loyola Marymount University 

 

Comment: Jennifer Jahner, California Institute of Technology

 

12:00 P.M.—

1:00 P.M.        LUNCH, Convocation Hall          

 

 

1:00 P.M.—                PLENARY SEMINAR

3:00 P.M.                     Gailor Auditorium

           

Medieval Race and the Modern Scholar

 

Directors:

Geraldine Heng, University of Texas, Austin

Cord Whitaker, Wellesley College

 

The Perils of Misreading and Misuse:

 

 “Black Madonnas, Medieval Race and the Dangers of Modern Scholarship”

Elisa A. Foster, Henry Moore Institute (Leeds)

 

Broadening the canon of medieval racializing texts, materials, and cultures:

 

“The Construction of Race in Old Norse-Icelandic Literature and Culture and the Complicity of Scholars in its Erasure from Academia”

Nahir I. Otaño Gracia, University of Pennsylvania

 

“Oh beautiful boy, trust not overmuch in color! The Problem of Language in the Study of Premodern Race”

Leland Grigoli, Brown University

 

 “Hidden in Plain Sight: Using Medieval Currency to See Race as a Medieval Viewer”

Jackie Lombard, University of Pittsburgh

 

Developing theory and research methodologies:

 

“Into Risk: Bautasar and les Baux-de-Provence”

Afrodesia McCannon, New York University

 

“Critical Race Theory for the Global Middle Ages: Rethinking Difference in The Book of John Mandeville”

Sierra Lomuto, University of Pennsylvania

 

“An Hundred Houndes Blake”: Implications of Monstrosity in The King of Tars

Briana Wipf, Skagit Valley College

 

“E(race)ing the Future: Imagined Medieval Reproductive Possibilities and the Monstrosity of Power”

Shyama Rajendran, University of Wyoming

 

 

3:00 P.M.—

3:30 P.M. BREAK, Convocation Hall

 

3:30 P.M.—    SESSIONS 26-29

5:30 P.M.       

                       

26.       Law and Order in Piers Plowman (co-sponsored by the International Piers Plowman Society)     Spencer 271

 

Chair: James Knowles, North Carolina State University

 

Paper: “Disabling Law in Piers Plowman

Richard Godden, Louisiana State University

 

Paper: “Ymaginatif and the Defense of ‘Clergie’ in Piers Plowman

            Grace Catherine Greiner, Cornell University

 

Paper: “How to Make a Law from a Rule: Maxims of Restitution and Ignorance in Piers Plowman

Arvind Thomas, University of California, Los Angeles

 

Comment: Andrew Galloway, Cornell University

 

 

27.       Historicizing Consent 2                            duPont Library, Torian Room

 

Chair: Sarah Baechle, University of Mississippi

 

Paper: “Disability and Consent in Medieval Legal Practice”

            Eliza Buhrer, Loyola University, New Orleans

 

Paper: “The Unwilling Spouse: Marital Rape in The Canterbury Tales

            Chelsea Skalak, Dickinson College

 

Paper: “Pagan Father are Wrong, Christian Fathers are Right: Marital Consent in The King of Tars and The Sultan of Babylon

            Jennifer Alberghini, City University of New York

 

Comment: Nicole Sidhu, East Carolina University

 

28.       Literary Form 2       Gailor 110

 

Chair: David K. Coley, Simon Fraser University

 

Paper: “The 1211 Lines of Pearl

            Brenna Duperron, Dalhousie University

 

Paper: “Finding Logos in the Margins: Utopian Form in Medieval Texts”

            Gayle Fallon, Louisiana State University

 

Paper: “Breaking Nature’s Poetic Law: Authorship in John Lydgate’s Reson and Sensuallyte

            Samuel McMillian, Pennsylvania State University

 

Comment: Arthur Bahr, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

 

29.       Service Literature                           Gailor 128

 

Chair, Heather Blatt, Florida International University

 

Paper: “‘Ye washe cleyn fo mole, and spottes blake’: Materiality, Allegory, and Authority in Lydgate’s Didactic ‘Tretise for Laundres’”

            Katelyn Jaynes, University of Connecticut

 

Paper: “The Death of a Chambermaid: The 1385 Court Case of a Murdering Leper and the Prostitute who Aided and Abetted

            Wendy Turner, Augusta University

 

Comment: Lisa H. Cooper, University of Wisconsin, Madison

 

5:30 P.M.—

6:00 P.M.        BREAK, Convocation Hall

 

6:00 P.M.       PLENARY SESSION, Gailor Auditorium

                        Edward King Memorial Lecture

 

"Reconstructing Libraries of the Medieval and Early Modern Period (the Islamic World)"

            Sabine Schmidtke, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

 

7:00 P.M.        COCKTAILS AND DINNER, Convocation Hall

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