2006 Program of Papers & Performances

Paper & Performance Session 1:  10:30-11:30

Unlocking the Byzantine Icon:  A Round-table Session
Megan Averbuch, Meghan Martino, Caitlin Thompson, Jill Nickel, Leah Corrigan, Mark Adamiak, Douglas Maryott, Caroline Conway, and Ashley Maida (Lafayette College) 

The Power of the Artifact: Gospel Books and Weapons
Karla Erdman (Moravian College):  “Picture This: Illumination of the Book of Kells and Lindisfarne Gospels”Elizabeth Lipke (Hood College):  “Interpreting Beowulf’s Society: The Bloody-Heirloom”
Matthew Korrodi (University of Louisiana at Monroe):  “A Time for Heroes”

Magic: Roots and Renaissance
Laura Bill (Moravian College):  “Definitional Dilemmas in Medieval Magic, Witchcraft, Religion, and Science”
Elizabeth C. Yepez (Messiah College):  “‘Why waverest thou?’: Renaissance Humanism in Christopher Marlowe’s Doctor Faustus
Vanessa Taylor (College of the Holy Cross):  “Damned by Dogma:  The Witch Hunts of Renaissance Europe”

Enduring Philosophies
Christina LaVecchia (Moravian College):  “Fire and Tears: Differing Treatments of Christian Sin, Redemption, and the Individual in Inferno and Confessions
Gary Ritacco (Lehigh University):  “The Complexities of Conversion in St. Augustine’s Confessions
Mike Gibney (Bucknell University):  “Early Medieval Ecology:  An Ecocritical View of Erugena’s Periphyseon

Questioning the Civic Construct
Kate Seward (Widener University):  “Pacifism in the Writings of Menno Simons”
Lia Mirigliani (Widener University):  “Peter Chelčický and the Renunciation of Civic Engagement”
Brian Zumbrum (DeSales University):  “Civic Humanism: Revolutionary or Revisionist?”

The Lesser Sex? Part I
Stephen Underwood (Gwynedd-Mercy College):  “Of Monks and Misogyny: Tale versus Teller in the
Monk’s Tale
Kacy Muir (Wilkes University):  “Sex and Violence: The Male Thought of Women in the Canterbury Tales
Meagan Harkness (Wilkes University):  “Watch Out for Romantic Love, Ladies: Your Identity is at Risk”

Labor and Commerce
Sam Chiarelli (Wilkes University):  “Chaucer’s Nameless Identities: The Reader’s Tale”
Catherine Janis (Oberlin College):  “Performing Labor: Who is Acting in the Trade Windows of Chartres Cathedral?”
Jeffrey Wayno (Princeton University): “Trading London: City, Crown, and the German Hanse at the Turn of the Fourteenth Century”

Paleographic Exploration
Sarah Donahue and Aryn Conway (Roanoke College):  “A Paleographic Exploration of the Verse Life of St. Margaret from a Picardy Book of Hours, ca. 1325”

Paper & Performance Session 2:  1:15-2:15pm

Faith and Love in Tristan and Isolde
Rebecca Wagner (Hamilton College):  “The Power of Love”
Benjamin Hewes (Lafayette College):  “Medieval Religion and Divine Presence in Béroul’s Roman de Tristan

On the Edge: Female Warriors, The Apocalypse, and The Other in Anglo-Saxon England
Vanessa Fisher (Moravian College):  “The Three Faces of Judith”
Christina Townsend (Moravian College):  “English Apocalypticism and the Year 1000”
Kristina Lang (University of Louisiana at Monroe):  “Heathen! Construction of the Other in The Passion of St. Edmund

Constructing Identity
Tiffany DeRewal (Messiah College):  “Richard II as an Image of Christ: Constructing an Illusion to Regenerate Identity”
Samantha Stens (Moravian College):  “The Game of Appearances in French Classical Theater”
Conrad Miller (Wilkes University):  “Questioning Religious Authority in the Canterbury Tales

Cultural Values and Social Structure
Sarah Lucci (Moravian College):  “Mesh of Heroic Code and Judeo-Christian Traditions in Beowulf
Mary Jean Hughes (Hood College):  “‘Sometimes I feel like a fatherless child’:  Beowulf’s Father-Longing”
Elena Augustine (Bucknell University):  “Early Insular Rulers:  Goddesses and Kings in Beowulf and The Tain

Seekers, Ranters, and Libertines
Andrew Berrios (Widener University):  “Laurence Claxton: Seeker, Ranter, Libertine”
Kevin Golden (Widener University):  Richard Coppin: Apocalyptic Antinomian”
Dave Feldmann (Widener University):  “Abiezer Coppe and Radical Spiritual Libertinism as Revolutionary Behavior” 

Narrative Strategies in the Canterbury Tales
Ken Mont (Gwynedd-Mercy College):  “The Damned Pardoner”
Elisa Phillips (Wilkes University):  “Theseus’ Knightly Erection: A Theatrical Construct”
Jennifer Hameza (Wilkes University):  “The Puppeteers of Fate:  The Gods in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale

Dreams and Visions
Corrine Medvec (Wilkes University):  “The Systematic Role of Identity Leads to Unreliability”
Kevin Lasko (Lycoming College):  “Dream Interpretation in the Carolingian Period”
Jackie Rosenthal (Brooklyn College):  “Dreams and Visions in Dante’s Vita Nuova and Guibert of Nogent’s Monodiae 

Manipulative Dürer
Jen Bajczyk (Moravian College):  “Albrecht Dürer and his Negative Portrayal of Middle Eastern Peoples”
Nicole E. Cook (Moore College of Art and Design):  “Death of the Maiden: A Study of how the Reformation Altered the Representation of Women in German Renaissance Art”

Mankind for a 21st-century Audience
Paula Tremain, Christoph Nowaczyk, and Jamie Kelleher (Centenary College):  “Mankind for a 21st Century Audience”

Paper & Performance Session 3:  2:15-3:15pm

Broken Ideals
Henry Hunsinger (Wilkes University):  “A Failure of the Clerk to Meet Our Expectations”
Apolon (Hamilton College):  “Malory the Idealist”
Jennifer Dumas (University of Louisiana at Monroe):  “A Warrior’s Principles: The Battle between Pride and Humility in Anglo-Saxon Texts”

Desire and Gender Identity
Elizabeth Laribee (Messiah College):  “The Lady Within: The Concept of Self in Twelfth Night
Joshua Mackin (Messiah College):  “A Hope for Transcendence: John Donne and the Jacobean Gender Debate”
Anthony D’Errico (DeSales University):  “Sodom and Gomorrah Resurrected: Homosexuality in Renaissance Florence” 

Straddling Two Worlds: Intersections of the Historic and Literary
Marisa Gennace (Moravian College):  “There and Back Again: An Anglo-Saxon Tale”
Jennifer Quinn (Lycoming College):  “The Knight in Literature vs. History”
A. Joseph McMullen (Bucknell University):  “A Living Land:  The Wooing of Etain and an Early Irish Land Ethic”

Responses to Authority
Greg DeDomenicis (Widener University):  “Gerrard Winstanley and the Digger Movement”
Andrew Gatti (Widener University):  “Anti-Popery in the Writings of John Wyclif”
Megyn E. Dixon (Indiana University of Pennsylvania, Robert E. Cook Honors College):  “For Kirk and Kingdom:  The Scottish Prayer Book Riots and the Shaping of National Identity”

Marriage and Instrumentality
Kristen Geaman (University of Delaware):  “Isabella Marshal, Sanchia of Provence, and Beatrice of Falkenburg:  The Wives of Richard, Earl of Cornwall, and their Political Influence in Thirteenth-Century England”
Jennifer O’Neill (Gwynedd-Mercy College):  “Love and Marriage in The Merchant’s Tale
Ashley Fiorucci (Wilkes University):  “The Clerk of Oxford Takes (A Wife of) Bath”

The Lesser Sex?  Part II
Tara Kline (Gwynedd-Mercy College):  “The Portrayal of Women through The Merchant’s Tale
Mollie Rance (Wilkes University):  “The Clerk:  Feigning Regard for Authority”
Maggie Merkle (Wilkes University):  “Chaucer’s Maiden Conspirators:  Feminine Catalysts in Male-Dominated Texts”

Natural Trunpet:  From Parts to Performance
A demonstration by Christopher A. Lucca and Sean Mason (Moravian College)

Contingent Identity
Angelina Teutonico (Wilkes University):  “‘Devyne and Glosen’:  Multifaceted Interpretation Within and Concerning The Wife of Bath’s Prologue
Brian Redmond (Wilkes University):  “Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales:  Wallflower Wives, Empty Cradles, and Invisible Mothers”
Leslie Ann Sissenstein (State University of New York at New Paltz):  “The Maiden in Medieval Romance”

Chaucer, Authority, and the Canterbury Tales
Translations and discussion led by Aaron Poppleton, Elana Grabowski, and Amelia Dougherty (Iona College)


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