SCHOLARLY/ ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS
Melusine’s Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth (co-edited with Misty Urban and Deva Kemmis), Leiden: Brill, 2017.
[Chapter: “The Alchemical Transformation of Melusine,” pp. 94-105.]
Publisher’s page: https://brill.com/view/title/32998?format=HC
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
“Public Displays of Affliction: Women’s Wounds in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur.” Forthcoming in Modern Philology 116.3 (2019).
“Compassion and Benignytee: A Reassessment of the Relationship Between
Canacee and the Falcon in Chaucer’s Squire’s Tale.” Medieval Feminist Forum 54.1 (2018) 50-64.
“He Dreams of Dragons: Alchemical Imagery in Arthur’s Dream Vision.” Arthuriana 27.1 (Spring 2017), 73-94.
“Conduct and Character: The Feast Scene and Characterization in A Lytell Gest of Robyn Hode.” Medieval Perspectives 31 (2016), 19-30.
“Prdn Me? Text Speak, Middle English, and Chaucer’s ‘Pardoner’s Tale.'” SMART: Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22.1 (Spring 2015), 75-85.
“From Propaganda to Product: The Arthurian Legend in Modern Tarot Decks.” Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception 3:2(2013), 381-406.
(Available online: https://relegere.org/relegere/article/view/579)
“Bridging the Gap: Using Young Adult Literature with the Classics in the Secondary Classroom.” Virginia English Bulletin. 56:2 (Fall, 2006), 19-29.
Peer-Reviewed Chapters and Essays
“Treason and the Feast in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur.” Treason: Medieval and Early Modern Adultery, Betrayal, and Shame, ed. Larissa Tracy. Leiden: Brill, 2019. Forthcoming.
“Author as Nation-Crafter: Teaching The Lord of the Rings in an Epic Course.” Approaches to Teaching Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Other Works, Ed. Leslie A. Donovan. New York: MLA, 2015. 176-183. Finalist for the 2017 Mythopoeic Society’s award for “Best Scholarly Book on the Inklings.”
“Episodic Arthur: ‘Merlin,’ ‘Camelot,’ and the Medieval Literary Romance Tradition.” The Middle Ages on Television: Critical Essays. Eds. Carolyn Kinane and Meriem Pages. Jefferson: McFarland, 2015. 99-121.
“Species or Specious? Authorial Choices and the Parliament of Fowls.” Rethinking Chaucerian Beasts. Ed. Carolynn Van Dyke. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 233-248.
Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales, edited with Kristin Bovaird-Abbo
[Chapter: “Feasts in Shakespeare’s Outlaw Tales.”]
“Thryth.” 5 pp. ms.
“Teaching Beowulf as a Cultural Reliquary.” 17 pp. ms.
“Humor and Human Rights in the Old French Fabliaux.” 29 pp. ms.
“Acts of Exile, Acts of Hospitality: Towards an Ethos of Inclusion in the Tale of Emare” (revise-and-resubmit in progress)
“Female Friendship in Chaucerian Texts” (article ms. in revision)
Negotiating Violence at the Feast in Medieval British Texts (monograph in progress)
Violence at the Arthurian Feast (monograph in progress)
Teaching Celtic Literature in the Generalist Classroom (edited with Matthieu Boyd; in development)
“A Community of Scholar-Knights: Using the Arthurian Legend as a Mentoring Tool for First-Year and First-Generation Students” (article ms. in revision)
“Feasts of Faith: The Function of Feast Imagery in Medieval Devotional and Mystical texts” (article ms. in revision)
“Reading Beowulf as a Cultural Reliquary” (article ms. in progress)
Arthurian Ethics (essay volume edited with Evelyn Meyer; in development)
Signed Encyclopedia Articles
“Melusine.” Encyclopedia of British Medieval Literature, eds. Sian Echard and Robert Rouse. Wiley-Blackwell, 2017. 1316-1318.
“Biblical Reception in Spenser”. Encyclopedia of Biblical Reception. Brian Britt, subject editor. De Gruyter, 2013.
“Chronicon Elegiacum”. (Co-Authored with Edward Donald Kennedy.) The Encyclopedia of Medieval Chronicle. E.D. Kennedy, subject editor. Brill, 2010. 331-332.
“Compilatio de gestis Britonum et Anglorum”. The Encyclopedia of Medieval Chronicle. E.D. Kennedy, subject editor. Brill, 2010. 484-485.
“Charles Lamb.” Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism. Andrew Maunder, Ed. Facts on File, 2010. 227-229.
“Essays of Elia.” Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism. Andrew Maunder, Ed. Facts on File, 2010. 124-125.
“Leigh Hunt.” Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism. Andrew Maunder, Ed. Facts on File, 2010. 189.
“Mary Lamb.” Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism. Andrew Maunder, Ed. Facts on File, 2010. 229.
“Ode on a Grecian Urn.” Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism. Andrew Maunder, Ed. Facts on File, 2010. 209-210.
“William Wordsworth.” Encyclopedia of Literary Romanticism. Andrew Maunder, Ed. Facts on File, 2010. 494-498.
“Memory in Literature.” General Themes in Literature. Jennifer McClinton-Temple, Ed. Routledge, September 2010.
“Ambition in Julius Caesar.” General Themes in Literature. Jennifer McClinton-Temple, Ed. Routledge, September 2010.
“Guilt in Julius Caesar.” General Themes in Literature. Jennifer McClinton-Temple, Ed. Routledge, 2010.
” Iconography of the Virgin at Notre Dame, Paris.” The Encyclopedia of Medieval Pilgrimage. Rita Tekippe, subject editor. Brill, October 2009. 473.
“Astrophil and Stella #18.” The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600. Michelle M. Sauer, Ed. Routledge: 2008. 43.
“Astrophil and Stella # 33. The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600. Michelle M. Sauer, Ed. Routledge: 2008. 48.
“Astrophil and Stella # 61.” The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600. Michelle M. Sauer, Ed. Routledge: 2008. 56.
“Astrophil and Stella #64.” The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600. Michelle M. Sauer, Ed. Routledge: 2008. 57-58.
“The Nightingale.” The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600. Michelle M. Sauer, Ed. Routledge: 2008. 288-289.
“Spenser’s Amoretti IV.” The Facts on File Companion to British Poetry Before 1600. Michelle M. Sauer, Ed. Routledge: 2008. 13-14.
“Review: Popular Romance in Iceland: The Women, Worldviews, and Manuscript Witnesses of Nitiða Saga, by Sheryl McDonald Werronen.” Forthcoming in Sixteenth-Century Journal (submitted)
“Review: Emotion in Old Norse Literature: Translations, Voices, Contexts, by Sif Rikhardsdottir.” The Medieval Review, 25 October 2018. https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/25858?fbclid=IwAR36L3pa0LL0EZVv70qDW8S_1ifxK5pxbG_LCd1Kwr-4-MR0WA88NJVKd_k
“Review: Middle English Marvels: Magic, Spectacle, and Morality in the Fourteenth Century, by Tara Williams.” Forthcoming in Preternature. (submitted)
“Review: Political Appetites: Food in Medieval English Romance, by Aaron Hostetter.” Forthcoming in The Heroic Age 18 (2018). (submitted)
“Review: The Critics and the Prioress: Antisemitism, Criticism, and Chaucer’s Prioress’s Tale, by Heather Blurton and Hannah Johnson.” Forthcoming in Medieval Feminist Forum. (submitted)
“Review: Savage Economy: The Returns of Middle English Romance, by Walter Wadiak.” The Sixteenth-Century Journal 49.2 (Summer 2018), 635.
“Review: Witches and Pagans: Women in European Folk Religion, 700-1100, by Max Dashu.” Medieval Feminist Forum 53.2 (2018), 129-131.
“Review: Elf Queens and Holy Friars: Fairy Beliefs and the Medieval Church, by Richard Firth Green.” Arthuriana 27.4 (Winter 2017), 80-82.
“Review: Simple Forms: Essays in Medieval English Popular Literature, by Douglas Gray.” Reviews From the Greenwood for the International Association of Robin Hood Studies. http://robinhoodscholars.blogspot.com/2017/07/reviews-from-greenwood-melissa-ridley.html
“Review: Medieval Science Fiction, Carl Kears and James Paz, Eds.” The Heroic Age 17 (2017): http://www.heroicage.org/issues/17/reviews.php#kears-paz
“Review: Mermaids and the Production of Knowledge in Early Modern England, by Tara E. Pedersen. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 27.2 (2016), 321-324.
“Review: Disknowledge: Literature, Alchemy, and the End of Humanism in Renaissance England, by Katherine Eggert.” Sixteenth Century Journal 47.4 (2016), 1106-7.
“Review: Romancing Treason, by Megan G. Leitch.” Hortulus: The Online Graduate Medieval Studies Journal 12:1 (Spring, 2016). https://hortulus-journal.com/journal/volume-12-number-2-2016/melissa-ridley-elmes/
“Review: The Wake, by Paul Kingsnorth.” International Association of Robin Hood Studies Bulletin (Spring 2016). http://robinhoodscholars.blogspot.com/2016/04/reviews-from-greenwood-melissa-ridley.html
“Review: Medieval Tastes: Food, Cooking and the Table, by Massimo Montanari.” Sixteenth Century Journal 47.1 (2016), 178-179.
“Review: Verse and Transmutation: A Corpus of Middle English Alchemical poetry, by Anke Timmermann. Hortulus: The Online Graduate Medieval Studies Journal 11.2 (Fall, 2015). Jenny Catherine Bledsoe and Melissa Ridley Elmes, Eds. Web. https://hortulus-journal.com/elmes/
“Review: The Modulated Scream: Pain in Late Medieval Culture, by Esther Cohen.” Hortulus: The Online Graduate Medieval Studies Journal 7:1 (Spring, 2013) Meghan Glass and Beth Fischer, Eds. Web. https://hortulus-journal.com/journal/volume-9-number-1-2013/ridley-elmes/
“Review: Malory: The Life and Times of Arthur’s Biographer (Christina Hardyment)”. Hortulus: The Online Graduate Journal in Medieval Studies, Grace Windsor, Ed. (2011) Available Online. https://hortulus-journal.com/journal/volume-6-number-1-2010/elmes/
“Review: Of Giants: Sex, Monsters & The Middle Ages, by Jeffrey Jerome Cohen.” Hortulus: The Online Graduate Medieval Studies Journal. Grace Windsor, Ed. Available online: http://www.hortulus.net/~hortulus/index.php/Of_Giants:_Sex%2C_Monsters%2C_and_the_Middle_Ages_by_Jeffrey_Jerome_Cohen
“Review: Magic in the Middle Ages, by Richard Kieckhefer.” Hortulus: The Online Graduate Medieval Studies Journal. 4:1 (2008). Karina Ashe, Ed. Available online: http://www.hortulus.net/~hortulus/index.php/The_Book_Review
“Review: At Large and At Small, by Anne Fadiman.” Ink Quarterly. 2:3 (Summer 2007). 7-9. Available on-line: http://members.gcronline.com/writersstudio/Summer%202008.pdf
NON-ACADEMIC WRITING (FICTION AND NONFICTION)
“The Witness.” 2010 Poetry Journal, Donna Brauda, Ed. CreateSpace, 2009.
“Upon Viewing Gentile da Fabriano’s Adoration of the Magi.” 2010 Poetry Journal, Donna Brauda, Ed. CreateSpace, 2009.
“The Bigger Picture.” Ink Quarterly. 3:3 (Summer 2008). 5-17.
“Identity Crisis.” Ink Quarterly. 3:1 (Winter 2007-2008). 11.
“Ovarian Whosit-Whatsits and Primetime TV.” The Blotter. Garrison Somers, Editor-in-Chief. November, 2007. 6-7.
“Writer’s Log.” Writer’s Studio Journal, Spring 2007. 10-11.
“Finding the Rhythm.” Writer’s Studio Journal (1.1) Winter 2007. Pp. 8-11.
“Big Top Cycle.” Sweetbay Anthology. Prize Books, 2006. 50-53.
“The World According to Anna.” International Library of Poetry, 2006. 13.
“Waste Knot, Want Naught.” The Blotter. July, 2006. 13.
“Living Whiff a Writer.” The Writer’s Studio Journal (1:3) Summer 2006.
“Mommy-Writer: Finding the Time to Write.” The Writer’s Studio Journal (1:2) Spring 2006. 5 – 9.
I have also written numerous articles for local papers on theatrical events in the area as well as feature stories; bibliographic record and writing samples available upon request.
Associate Editor, The Heroic Age (2018 to present)
Book Reviews editor, College Literature (2018 to present)
Guest Editor, Preternature special issue, “Ten Years of Teratology: A MEARCSTAPA Retrospective” (2018)
Guest Editor, The Heroic Age Special Issue, “New Feminist Voices in the Heroic Age” (2018).
Book Reviews Editor, Medieval Feminist Forum (2017 to present)
Senior Editor 2015-2016; Junior Editor (2014-2015); Assistant Editor (2012) of Hortulus, The Online Graduate Journal of Medieval Studies. http://hortulus-journal.com/
Co-editor of Lenses: Approaches to Literature, Second Edition (Hayden McNeill, 2014).
Editorial Assistant for the Anne Finch digital archive: http://library.uncg.edu/dp/annefinch/
Edited annotations for the updated Mary Hays Female Biography, Gina Luria Walker, ed., Chawton House, 2012-2013. (Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn, Margaret D’Anjou, Elizabeth Lucar, Lady Arabella Seymour, Countess of Desmond).