The Week In Review: October 12-18, 2015


“Robin Hood: Outlaw or Exile?” Atha Cotton-Spreckelmeyer, in British Outlaws of Literature and History, ed. Alex Kaufman (McFarland, 2011)

“Histories of Contexts: Form, Argument, and Ideology in A Gest of Robyn Hode Alex Kaufman, in British Outlaws of Literature and History, ed. Alex Kaufman (McFarland, 2011)
“Playing With Food: Medieval Manners and Unruly Behavior in the Domestic Space of Outlaw Tales,” unpublished paper by Alex Kaufman
“The Gest of Robyn Hode: Introduction” by Stephen Knight and Thomas Ohlgren (TEAMS, 2000)
The Gest of Robyn Hode, eds. Stephen Knight and Thomas Ohlgren (TEAMS 2000)
“Robin Hood and the Potter: Introduction” by Stephen Knight and Thomas Ohlgren (TEAMS, 2000)
Robin Hood and the Potter,  eds. Stephen Knight and Thomas Ohlgren (TEAMS 2000)
Jess Bessinger, “The Gest of Robyn Hode Revisited” in The Learned and the Lewed, ed. Larry Benson (Harvard UP, 1974)
Outlaws of Medieval Legend, by Maurice Keen (Oxford, 1987)
Total time spent in research this week: 12 hoursWriting

1,236 words in conference paper

Total time spent writing this week: 4 hours


College Writing I: Monday was Fall Break. We discussed “where you are, where you are trying to go, and how you are going to get there” on Wednesday, focusing on the student learning outcomes for the class, their personal interested as writers trying to improve their skills, and the portfolio process; then we began our unit on visual rhetorical analysis. On Friday they turned in their second formal essay and completed a reflection on it, then we turned to film analysis techniques.

Literature and the Arts: Monday was Fall break, so no class. On Wednesday we began discussion on Shakespeare’s Henry VI, Part I and the rewriting of the Joan of Arc legend from the English perspective. Friday was an outstanding student-led discussion on the same text. I am really looking forward to Monday, when the students will present stagings of various scenes from the play in small groups!

Total time spent on teaching this week (reading, lesson planning, and instruction): 13 hours


This week’s service consisted of prepping for and running the GSA general assembly and a bi-weekly student leader group meeting

Total time spent on service this week: 5 hours

Other Scholarly Activity

Conference Activity: I drafted four pages of a conference paper on outlaw feasts and composed a message letting graduate students know about grad-student related events at the Southeaster n Medieval Association conference next week in my capacity as the SEMA graduate student representative.

I read through the job postings (which, alas, yet again did not take long, as there were no new medieval postings again this week). I wrote documents and applied for five TT positions in my field.

I spent 2.5 hours on Hortulus-related emails, social media outrach, and publishing concerns

I came to work two hours early to facilitate a meeting with a student having trouble in my class.

Total time spent on Other Scholarly Activity this week: 15 hours

Nurturing My Self

We hosted a birthday slumber party for eight year olds on Friday and Saturday, which was utterly delightful. On Saturday afternoon, I got to indulge in a 6-mile run in the fall foliage, which was just what my soul craved. saturday evening, we got to watch Robin Bullock, a world-renowned Celtic finger-style musician, in concert, which was trancendant. Also: Dr. Who and Vikings. What more could a gal ask for?

(Confession: I have eaten nothing but junk food since last weekend. I cannot remember the last time I ate a salad. I really need to turn that around.)


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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