Author Archives: Melissa Ridley Elmes

About Melissa Ridley Elmes

I am a medievalist, wife and mother of two who spends her days researching, writing, teaching, painting, singing, dancing, acting and trying to find more hours in a day.

My Syllabus Preparation Hacks

We’re gearing up for the Spring semester here, and that means turning our attention to writing syllabi. I have always loved the creation process for courses, thinking into what skills and content I want my students to walk away with. … Continue reading

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2018 End-of-the-year review (Or, “And I thought 2017 was busy!”)

It’s December 31; time for another “Year In Review” post! Here’s what I managed to accomplish professionally this year: Publications Article “‘Compassion and Benignytee’: A Reassessment of the Relationship Between Canacee and the Falcon in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale.” Medieval … Continue reading

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The Writing Life …

Many academics (myself, included) write both nonfiction (generally in the form of scholarly articles requiring research) and also fiction, poetry, and other creative works (that may still require research, but not necessarily ready access to the sources being used.) I … Continue reading

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Nightstand, 10/22. Or, “All the books I have bought but not yet read: a memoir.”

—I am sure many of my readers can relate to this post! So many books, so little time …. I can’t help but notice from these snapshots of my nightstand, though, that I am nothing if not a consistent reader: … Continue reading

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Shameless Plug ….

I got a shout-out from MLA on Twitter featuring a piece I wrote on two of my favorite subjects: Beowulf, and feasting-hall violence. It’s available for reading in its conference paper form in the CORE repository and if you’ve got … Continue reading

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To the Introvert, on the First Day of Teaching

I have been teaching in various educational settings since 1997–that’s 21 years of face-to-face classroom experience–and one thing that never ceases to amaze me is how hard it still is for me, as an introvert, to get up in front … Continue reading

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Another Call for Papers: IMC Leeds 2019

For folks who would prefer to give a paper on Arthurian animals on the other side of the pond, here’s one more CFP, this time for Leeds IMC 2019! Animals and Materiality in the Arthurian Tradition Proposed session for the … Continue reading

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Calls for Papers: Animal Studies sessions at the International Congress on Medieval Studies 2019!

Hello, all! I hope you are having a restful and productive summer. Below please find two CFPs for sessions on animal studies at next year’s ‘Zoo, and please share widely and/or consider submitting an abstract if you have anything that … Continue reading

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Once an editor, always an editor….

Thus far in my academic career, I have edited Lenses, the literary textbook used by graduate teaching assistants at University of North Carolina Greensboro, edited Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal in Medieval Studies, and served as book reviews editor for … Continue reading

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Special Journal Issue: New Feminist Voices in the Heroic Age–Call for Papers

This is a reminder that The Heroic Age special issue: “New Feminist Voices in the Heroic Age,” is still accepting submissions! We are accepting submissions from graduate students, postdoctoral, and junior or early-stage scholars (pre-tenure or equivalent NTT faculty experience) … Continue reading

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