The Week in Review: 4/7/2014-4/13/2014

Okay–as promised, I’m retroactively posting the “Week in Review” for those final weeks of the term. To keep from boring those who are more interested in some of my other topics, I’ll be interspersing them with other kinds of posts. Here’s the first of three.

Reading for Classes/ Independent Studies:

Chretien de Troyes, Yvain, The Knight of the Lion

Marc Pelen, “Madness in Yvain Reconsidered”, NEOPHILOLOGUS -DORDRECHT- 87, no. 3, (2003): 361-369

Ralph Hanna, Pursuing History: Middle English Manuscripts and their Texts: Introduction, Ch, 1, 7, & 9

Rebecca Krug, Reading Families: Women’s Literate Practice in Late Medieval England: Introduction, ch. 2 & 4

June Hall McCash, The Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women: “The Cultural Patronage of Medieval Women: An Overview” / June Hall McCash; Patterns of Women’s Literary Patronage: England, 1200-ca. 1475″ / Karen K. Jambeck; “Some Norfolk Women and Their Books, ca. 1390-1440” / Ralph Hanna III

Julian of Norwich, The Showings of Julian of Norwich (Norton Critical Edition)

Denise Baker, From Vision to Book

Barbara Newman, “Redeeming the Time: Langland, Julian, and the Act of Lifelong Revision” YLS 23 (2009), pp. 1-32

Research (we’re kicking into high gear as we move into the final two weeks of classes, with papers coming due):

Reading toward my essay on Emare:

Anderson, Sarah M. and Swenson, Karen. Cold Counsel: Women in Old Norse Literature and Mythology. New York: Routledge, 2002. Print.

Ashton, Gail. “Her Father’s Daughter: the Realignment of Father-Daughter Kinship in Three Romance Tales.” The Chaucer Review, Vol. 34, no. 4 (2000), pp. 416-427. JSTOR. 20/12/2013. Web.

Broadwell, Nancy Elizabeth. “Women in Exile in Medieval Hagiography and Romance.” Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences, 2004 Apr; 64 (10): 3678-79. U of Pennsylvania, 2003. Web. 12 March 2014.

Cordery, Leona F. “A Medieval Interpretation of Risk: How Christian Women Deal with Adversity as Portrayed in the Man of Law’s Tale, Emaré.” The Self at Risk in English Literatures and Other Landscapes/Das Risiko Selbst in der englischsprachigen Literatur und in anderen Bereichen. Innsbruck. Gudrun M. Grabher and Sonja Bahn-Coblans, eds. Austria: Institut für Sprachwissenschaft, Universität Innsbruck; 1999. Pp. 177-185. Web. 12 March 2014.

Greenfield, Stanley B. Hero and Exile. London and Ronceverte: The Hambledon Press, 1989. Print.

Grettir’s Saga. Trans. Denton Fox & Hermann Pàlsson. Toronto: Toronto UP, 1974. Print.

Hopkins, Amanda. “Veiling the Text: The True Role of the Cloth in Emaré.” Medieval Insular Romance: Translation and Innovation. Judith Weiss, Jennifer Fellows, and Morgan Dickson, eds. Cambridge, England: Brewer; 2000. Pp. 71-82. Print.

Jochens, Jenny. Women in Old Norse Society. Ithaca: Cornell UP, 1995. Print.

Laskaya, Anne. “The Rhetoric of Incest in the Middle English Emaré.” Violence against Women in Medieval Texts. Anna Roberts, Ed. Gainesville: Florida UP, 1998. Pp. 97-114. Print.

Laskaya, Anne and Salisbury, Eve. The Middle English Breton Lays. Anne Laskaya and Eve Salisbury, eds. Kalamazoo: TEAMS, 2001. Print.

Njal’s Saga. Trans. Robert Cook. New York: Penguin Books, 2001. Print/

Sklar, Elizabeth. “Stuffed with Ymagerye: Emaré’s Robe and the Construction of Desire.” Medieval Perspectives. 2007 (2011) 22: pp. 145-159. Print.

“Wanderer”. Old and Middle English c. 890-c. 1400, An Anthology. Second Edition. Elaine Treharne, Ed. Malden: Blackwell Publishing, 2004. Pp. 42-47. Print.

Reading toward my essay on feast imagery in mystic and devotional texts:

Finnegan, Mary Jeremy. The Women of Helfta: Scholars and Mystics. Athens: Georgia UP,1991. Print.

Leff, Gordon. The Dissolution of the Mediaeval Outlook. New York: New York UP, 1976. Print.

Love, Nicholas. The Mirror of the Blessed Life of Jesus Christ. Ed. Michael G. Sargent. New York: Garland Publishing, 1992. Print.

Middle-English Versions of Partonope of Blois. Ed. A. Trampe Bödtker. EETS ES 109. London: Early English Text Society, 1912. Print.

Newman, Barbara. “What Did It Mean To Say ‘I Saw’? The Clash Between Theory and Practice in Medieval Visionary Culture. Speculum 80 (2005): pp. 1-43. JSTOR. 10 March 2014. Web.

Reading toward my essay on images of women in Books of Hours:

Carruthers, Mary. “Ars oblivionalis, ars inveniendi: The Cherub Figure and the Arts of Memory” in Gesta 48.2 (2009), pp. 1-20. Web. 26 April 2014.

Duffy, Eamon. Marking the Hours: English People and Their Prayers. New Haven: Yale UP, 2006. Print.

Heures de Margeurite d’Orléans. Facsimile edition with introduction and notes by Eberhard König. Paris: Les Editions du Cerf, 1991. Print.

Hindman, Sandra. “Books of Hours: State of the Research.” Books of Hours Reconsidered. Sandra Hindman and James H. Marrow, Eds. London: Harvey Miller Publishers, 2013. Pp. 5-16. Print.

Hours of Catherine of Clèves. Facsimile edition with introduction and notes by John Plummer. New York: George Braziller Company, 1966. Print.

Master of Mary of Burgundy: A Book of Hours for Engelbert of Nassau. Facsimile edition with introduction and legends by J.J.G. Alexander. New York: George Braziller Publishers,1970. Print.

Scott-Stokes, Charity, trans. Women’s Books of Hours in Medieval England: Selected Texts. Suffolk: D.S. Brewer, 2006. Print.

Smith, Kathryn A. Art, Identity, and Devotion in Fourteenth-Century England: Three Women and their Books of Hours. London: The British Library, 2003. Print.

The Très Riches Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry. Facsimile edition with introduction and legend by Jean Lognon and Raymond Cazelles. New York: George Braziller Publishers, 1989. Print.

Reading toward my presentation on Melusine:

Donald Maddox & Sara Sturm-Maddox, Melusine of Lusignan: Founding Fiction in Late Medieval France (Georgia UP, 1996)

Jean D’Arras, Melusine: Or the Noble History of Lusignan ((Penn State UP, 2012)

Jean D’Arras, Melusine Part I, ed. Alexander Karley Donald (NY: Krauss Reprint Co., 1973)

Clier-Colombani, Francoise, La Fee Melusine au Moyen Age: Images, Mythes, Symboles. Paris: Leopard d’Or, 1991.

Markale, Jean. Melusine, Ou, l’Androgyne. Paris: Editions Retz, 1983.

Scholtz Williams, Gerhild. “Magic and the Myth of Trasngression: Melusine of Lusignan by Jean d’Arras (1393),” in Defining Dominion: The Discourses of Magic and Witchcraft in Early Modern France and Germany. Ann Arbor, Michigan UP, 1999. Pp. 21-45.


Drafted several pages towards each of my three term essays

Wrote the introduction for my IMC/Kalamazoo presentation

Drafted the Introduction and my chapter on writing essays for our textbook


English 101 -On Tuesday, we looked at examples of multimedia essays, as the students began thinking about how to turn one of their written essays into a multimedia piece. On Thursday, their third and final essays were due, and we looked at examples of portfolios and workshopped their portfolio critical rationales–these are required documents the students generate based on their work over the course of the term, highlighting and underscoring the ways in which they have met the Student Learning Outcomes for English 101.

English 104 –This week, we moved from Frankenstein into our discussion of Ekaterina Sedia’s Alchemy of Stone. This was the first time I taught this particular novel; I wanted a modern version of the Frankenstein story that would generate interesting comparative and critical thinking about the role of alchemy/transformation in the text. It succeeded beyond my wildest dreams. The students really dug into the similarities and differences between these novels, and reading Mattie the automaton against Victor’s Creature really illuminated both figures as creations that at once do not hold up to their creator’s expectations, and far surpass them. Vigorous and robust discussions about narrative structure and especially the importance of atmosphere and setting to a novel’s success. On Thursday, they workshopped their final essays for the class.


On Tuesday, I drafted the language for our new GSA research travel grants and arranged to have the information sent out to the departments with graduate programs.

On Wednesday, I attended another TA advisory council meeting, during which we discussed our portfolio requirements.

On Friday I ran the Graduate Student Association lottery for summer funding

All week, I worked on editing the chapters for our textbook.

Nurturing my Self:

Do you have a particular comfort food that you tend to eat over and over and over again when things get really crazy? Mine is homemade taco salads. I ate taco salads four nights this week. I ran 3.32 miles on Wednesday, and did some stretching and weight lifting on Friday. Aside from that, I’ll be honest with you–this was not a good week for nurturing (spoiler alert: next week is worse…)


About Melissa Ridley Elmes

Professor and writer; Unrepentant nerd; chaotic good. Author of Arthurian Things: A Collection of Poems. PhD, MFA. She/hers. Views my own.
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