Saturday, May 15, 2010

Kalamazoo 2010 Update #2

Here are the details on our sessions for this year's International Congress on Medieval Studies. According to panel presider Mikee Delony, the roundtable on Thursday was again well attended and offered both informative presentations and much discussion. Please join Mikee at our business meeting/reception on Saturday and share your ideas for the future of our group.

1:30-3:00 PM
Why Arthur? Reflections on the International Appeal of the Matter of Britain in the Post-medieval World (A Roundtable)
Sponsor: Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain and the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
Organizer: Michael A. Torregrossa, Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain/Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages
Presider: Mikee Delony, Abilene Christian Univ.

Glorious Gods: The Eschatology of Camelot
Joshua Fullman, Southern Illinois Univ.–Carbondale

Joshua Fullman is a first-year PhD student at Southern Illinois University Carbondale. He currently holds an MA in English from California State University Fullerton and an MSc in Medieval Studies from the University of Edinburgh. His MSc thesis was on visions of medieval kingship and the Wars of the Roses in Malory's Morte Darthur. And he plans to write his dissertation on apocalyptic literature of the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries.

Arthur’s Popularity: Legacy, Hybridity, and Salvation
Matthew T. Hanson, Cornell Univ.

Matthew Hanson graduated from Brown University where he concentrated in Classics and Late Antique Cultures. After stints, though not terribly short, as an Egyptologist and then a Germanic philologist, he has turned his attention to Middle English romance in the guise of a close-reading literary critic. He is currently a PhD candidate at Cornell University in the Medieval Studies program. His dissertation examines the three alliterative treatments of the Alexander Romance through a post-colonial lens.

Crafting the Witch: The Transformation of Morgan le Fay
Heidi J. Breuer, California State Univ.–San Marcos

Heidi got her Ph.D. from the University of Arizona and now teaches at Cal State University, San Marcos. She published her first monograph, titled CRAFTING THE WITCH: GENDERING MAGIC IN MEDIEVAL AND EARLY MODERN ENGLAND, with Routledge in April 2009. Her book offers an answer to the question, "How did the witch become wicked?"--especially in the Arthurian literary tradition. You'll hear more about her book today in her talk for this round table. Heidi's research interests include medieval and contemporary Arthurian literature, representations of magic and the occult, feminist theory, gender studies, and LGBT studies, and she has recently published a dialogue on the pedagogy of canonical medieval texts in the undergraduate survey course.

Perception and Joy: Political Commentary in Dryden’s King Arthur and Milton’s Paradise Lost
Kara Larson Maloney, Binghamton Univ.

Kara Larson Maloney is a first year English PhD student at Binghamton University in upstate New York. Her academic interests include Arthurian studies, the concept of nation and identity in the Medieval world, and Viking sagas. She plans to write her dissertation on the concept of national identity within King Arthur's court. Current articles in progress include studies of the role of Statius in Dante's Commedia, and Terence's influence on gender within Hrotsvitha's Pelagius. She received her MA in English, specializing in the medieval literature of the British Isles, from Cal State University Long Beach. When not immersed in dead languages and thousand-year-old texts, she pursues her goal of reaching all seven continents. This summer, she hopes to combine both interests by exploring some of the Viking saga sites of Iceland.

Arthur and Merlin go to France: Arthurian Fantasy in French [WITHDRAWN]
Anne Berthelot, Univ. of Connecticut

12:00 PM

Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages and the Alliance for the Promotion of Research on the Villains of the Matter of Britain
Business Meeting and Reception

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