Food and Feast in Premodern Outlaw Tales (Co-edited with Kristin Bovaird-Abbo ), New York: Routledge, 2021.
[Chapter: “Acting Out(law): Feasts, Outlawry, and Identity Construction in Two Shakespearean Comedies,” pp. 199-221.]
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
Reviewed in: Medieval Feminist Forum, Mediaevistik, The Fantastic in the Arts, Parergon, Preternature
Peer-Reviewed Journal Articles
“The Chaucerian Miscellany: A Practical, Hands-On Approach to Teaching Medieval Literature and Book Culture.” The Once and Future Classroom 17.1 (Spring 2021). Awarded the 2020 TEAMS Teaching Award. Available online: https://teams-medieval.org/melissa-ridley-elmes-teams-2020-essay-prize-winner-the-chaucerian-miscellany-a-practical-hands-on-approach-to-teaching-medieval-literature-and-book-culture/
“Failed Ritualized Feasts and the Limitations of Community in Branwen ferch Lŷr.” Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Studies Colloquium 38 (2018; pub. 2020). 201—215.
“Public Displays of Affliction: Women’s Wounds in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur.” Modern Philology 116.3 (2019). 187-210. Winner of the 2019 Lone Medievalist Prize for Scholarship Honorable Mention.
“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
“Female Friendship in Late-Medieval English Literature: Cultural Translation in Chaucer, Gower, and Malory.” Women’s Friendship in Medieval Literature. Eds. Karma Lochrie and Usha Vishnuvajjala. Ohio State University Press, 2022. 135—154.
“Power: Patronage, Subversion, Seduction, and Challenge.” A Cultural History of Fairy Tales, Volume 2, The Middle Ages, ed. Susan L. Aronstein. Bloomsbury, 2021. 178-192.
“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. 320-329.
“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.
“Introduction to Special Issue: MEARCSTAPA: Ten Years of Teratology.” With Asa Simon Mittman and Thea Tomaini. Preternature : Critical and Historical Studies on the Preternatural 9.1 (2020): 1—10.
“Editor’s Note: New Feminist Voices in the Heroic Age.” With Carla María Thomas. The Heroic Age, Issue 19, Summer 2019. https://www.heroicage.org/issues/19/editorsnote.php
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: The Mélusine Romance in Medieval Europe: Translation, Circulation, and Material Contexts, by Lydia Zeldenrust.” Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 32. (2022): 277—279.
“Review: A landscape of words: Ireland, Britain and the poetics of space, 700-1250, by Amy Mulligan.” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 121.1 (2021): 134—136
“Review: Affective Medievalism, by Thomas Prendergast and Stephanie Trigg.” Arthuriana 31.3 (2021): 92—94.
“Review: The Book of Llandaf as a Historical Source, by Patrick Sims-Williams.” The Medieval Review 21.10.32. Available online: https://scholarworks.iu.edu/journals/index.php/tmr/article/view/33494/37060
“Review: Arthur in the Celtic Languages, eds. Ceridwen Lloyd-Morgan and Erich Poppe.” Journal of British Studies 60.4 (2021): 961—962.
“Review: The Dynastic Drama of Beowulf, by Francis Leneghan.” Apardjón Journal for Scandinavian Studies 2 (2021): 91—95. Available online: https://www.abdn.ac.uk/sdhp/documents/Apardjon%20Vol%202%20-%20Book%20Review%20-%20Leneghan%202020.pdf
“Review: Fantasy in Greek and Roman Literature, by Graham Anderson.” Bryn Mawr Classical Review, 13 November 2020. Available online: https://bmcr.brynmawr.edu/2020/2020.11.23/
“Review: Classic Readings on Monster Theory: Demonstrare, Volume One and Primary Sources on Monsters: Demonstrare, Volume Two, by Asa Simon Mittmann and Marcus Hensel.” Medieval Speaking, 25 June 2020. Available online: https://medievallyspeaking.blogspot.com/2020/06/mittman-and-hensel-demonstrare-classic.html?fbclid=IwAR2V6nyoNc4R_dOaQRV0WA34rba_WxwPFlLzARTO8QoFzqAHBA-SwRFBOJY
“Review: Revenge and Gender in Classical, Medieval, and Renaissance Literature, by Lesel Dawson and Fiona McHardy.” Bryn Mawr Classical Review 2019.07.64, 31 July 2019. http://www.bmcreview.org/2019/07/20190764.html
“Review: Popular Romance in Iceland: The Women, Worldviews, and Manuscript Witnesses of Nitiða Saga, by Sheryl McDonald Werronen.” Sixteenth-Century Journal 50.2 (2019), 522—524.
“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.” Preternature 8.1 (2019), 148—151.
“Review: Political Appetites: Food in Medieval English Romance, by Aaron Hostetter.” The Heroic Age 19 (2019). https://www.heroicage.org/issues/19/reviews.php#elmes
“Review: The Critics and the Prioress: Antisemitism, Criticism, and Chaucer’s Prioress’s Tale, by Heather Blurton and Hannah Johnson.” Medieval Feminist Forum 55.1 (2019), 301-303.
“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
Series Editor: Monsters, Prodigies, and Demons, Medieval Institute Publications (2020-present)
Associate Editor, The Heroic Age (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)
Book Reviews editor, College Literature (2018-2020)
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 (with Abigail Browning) of Lenses: Approaches to Literature, Second Edition (Hayden McNeill, 2014).
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).