Tuesday, May 10, 2016

PLAY @ #Kzoo2016

If you are attending the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI this week, please come to the GW MEMSI sponsored session on PLAY (Friday May 13 at 1.30 PM in Bernhard 209). Interesting swag and inventive presentations! Bring your ludic lunacy!

Playing with Style in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Eric Weiskott, Boston College
Eric Weiskott is Assistant Professor of English at Boston College. His research centers on meter and poetics (what makes poetry tick). His first book, English Alliterative Verse: Poetic Tradition and Literary History, is forthcoming from Cambridge University Press. His articles have appeared in Anglo-Saxon EnglandELHModern PhilologyYearbook of Langland Studies, and elsewhere.

Play / Time
Julian Yates, Univ. of Delaware
Julian Yates is Professor of English and Material Culture Studies at University of Delaware. He is the author Error, Misuse, Failure: Object Lessons from the English Renaissance (Minnesota, 2003), which was a finalist for the Modern Language Association’s Best First Book Prize in 2003; What’s the Worst Thing You Can Do To Shakespeare? (Palgrave Macmillan, 2013), co-authored with Richard Burt; Object-Oriented Environs in Early Modern England (Punctum Books, 2016), co-edited with Jeffrey Jerome Cohen; and Of Sheep, Oranges, and Yeast: A Multispecies Impression which will appear in the University Minnesota Press’s posthumanities series in spring 2017.

Orm Plays on Twitter
Carla María Thomas, New York Univ.
As a Mellon Dissertation Completion Fellow in English at New York University this year, Carla María Thomas has recently (and successfully) defended her dissertation on late twelfth-century English homiletic verse. She will be a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow at NYU next year as she continues to think about the development of English septenary meter and remediation in works like the Ormulum and Poema Morale for her book. Her talk today comes from her ongoing project of completing the first full translation of the Ormulum into Modern English, which she used to tweet and continues to share on her blog.

DisPlay of the Medieval Artefact
Elaine M. Treharne, Stanford Univ.
Elaine Treharne is Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities and Professor of English at Stanford University, where she is also Co-Director of the Center of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, and Director of Stanford Text Technologies. She has published two dozen books and fifty or so articles on Old and Middle English manuscripts and literary culture. Her most recent book is The Very Short Introduction to Medieval Literature (OUP, 2015), and she’ll shortly publish Text Technologies: A History (StanfordUP, 2016) and The Phenomenal Book. She is the co-editor for the Oxford Textual Perspectives series.

Allan Mitchell, Univ. of Victoria
J. Allan Mitchell is a member of the Medieval Studies Program and the Interdisciplinary Program in Cultural, Social and Political Thought at the University of Victoria. He is the author of Becoming Human: The Matter of the Medieval Child (University of Minnesota Press, 2014) and Ethics and Eventfulness in Middle English Literature (Palgrave Macmillan, 2009).

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