Making Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Culture

Conference Schedule

Friday, April 4th

8:00-8:30 am—Breakfast and Welcome

8:30-9:45 am—Panels One and Two

Panel One: Crafting, Shaping, and Transmitting Knowledge
University Room, Hyde Hall

  • Lynn Cowles, University of Texas at Austin

“Early Modern Metaphysics and the Life of Books”

  • Lisa K. McAlister, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“The Knowledge of Power and Relational Knowledge between the Human and the             Nonhuman”

  • Jennifer Lo, Kings College London

“Professional writing, Courtesy, and Fictional exemplars in Secretary Guides”

Panel Two: Early Modern Cooking: Concoctions, Pastries, and Pies
Seminar Room, Hyde Hall

  • Catherine Morphis, University of Texas at Arlington

“To Be Englished Rightly: How the Merry Wives Serve up a Hot Venison Pasty”

  • Katelyn Jaynes, University of Texas at Arlington

“Literal and Literary Meat in Mary Miller (Wellcome MS 3547) and The Merry Wives     of Windsor

  • Sandra Clark Jergensen, University of Texas at Arlington

“Peeking into the Pie Hole: Early Modern Pastry and Preservation”

9:45 am-10:00 am—Coffee Break

10:00 am-11:15 am—Panels Three and Four

Panel Three: Literary Traditions, Transformations, and Gender in Medieval and Early Modern Contexts
University Room, Hyde Hall

  • Caitlin Watt, UNC

“Great knowledge has created the highest beauty”: Feminizing the Epic in Lucrezia            Marinella’s Enrico

  • Cherlyl Metzger, University of Missouri, Kansas City

“A Woman’s Handbook to Power: Christine de Pizan’s Scholastic Argument in Le            Livre des Trois Vertus

  • Mary Learner, UNC

“The Gendered Continuum in John Milton’s Defensio Secunda: Lucretian Echoes in the    Creation of Republican Heroism”

Panel Four: Humanism, Politics, and Learning from the Natural World
Seminar Room, Hyde Hall

  • Cristina Chillem, Rutgers University at Camden

“Wielding Rule through Public Ceremony in Maidstone’s Concordia and Chaucer’s The Knight’s Tale

  • Vittoria Rubino

“Humanism and Rhetoric in Machiavelli’s The Prince

  • Susan O’Rourke, UNC

“Educational Reforms and Natural Philosophy”

11:15-12:45—KCL Faculty Keynote

12:45-2:00 pm—Lunch (on your own)

2:00-3:15 pm—Panels Five and Six

Panel Five: Cross-Roads and Cross-Dressing: Bodies, Fashions, and Staging
University Room, Hyde Hall

  • James Stewart, University of Tennessee, Knoxville

“A Codpiece Daughter: Sartorial Symbols in Middleton and Dekker’s The Roaring Girl.”

  • Benjamin Reed, Boise State University

“Boys in Women’s Weeds: Boy Actors and Homoerotic Voyeurism in Romeo and Juliet

  • Katie Walker, UNC

“Erotic Demons: Fantasies of Spiritual Intercourse in Marlowe’s Dr. Faustus

Panel Six: Violence and Violation: Performative Acts of Power and Knowledge
Seminar Room, Hyde Hall

  • Michael Clark, UNC

“‘How I do work of these impoisoned drugs’: Fear, Knowledge, and Poison in Arden of Faversham

  • Felisa Baynes-Ross, Fordham University

“Performing Torture: Theological Inquiry and Corporeal Knowledge in Croxton, The Play of the Sacrament

  • Cara MacNeil, The College of New Jersey

The Rape of Demetrius: Domestic Domination and the Victory of the Female Gaze in A Midsummer Night’s Dream

3:15-3:30 pm—Coffee Break

3:30-4:45 pm—Panels Seven and Eight

Panel Seven: Medieval and Early Modern Afterlives
University Room, Hyde Hall

  • Sally Barnden, King’s College London

“‘Photographing the past’: technologies and history in the theatre of Charles Kean”

  • Anneke Schwob, UNC
  • Suzanna Geiser, UNC

“John Milton’s Divorce Tracts and Eighteenth-Century England: A History of Reception Through Biography”

Panel Eight: Masculinity and Femininity: Constructing Self and Gender in Early Modern Literature
Seminar Room, Hyde Hall

  • Alexandra S. Palacios, Florida International University

“A Common Man Trapped inside the Queen’s Body”

  • Tracy Harvin, UNC

“Early Modern Hermaphrodites and the Construction of Masculinity”

  • Tabatha Simpson, Arkansas State University

        “Milton’s Shape-shifting Feminine: Identity and Self-knowledge in Samson   Agonistes

Saturday, April 5th

8:00-8:30 am—Breakfast

8:30-9:45 am—Panels Nine and Ten

Panel Nine: Sounds and Bodies in Seventeenth-Century Texts
University Room, Hyde Hall

  • Dori Coblentz, Emory

“Time, Touch, and Tactics: Knowledge Production in Early Modern Fencing Manuals”

  • Katherine Cox, University of Texas at Austin

“Seventeenth-century Acoustics and the Soundscape of Temptation”

  • Samuel Brannon, UNC

“Making Music Knowable: The Struggle for Score Format in Printed Early-Modern Music Books”

Panel Ten: Shipping and Spreading Knowledge: Circulation of Ideas in Chaucer
Seminar Room, Hyde Hall

  • Morgan Lessley, University of Rochester

“Delivering Custance to Rome: Ships and Genealogy in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale

  • Rebecca Shores, UNC

“Vessels of Knowledge: Ships as Didactic Spaces in Anglo-Saxon Literature”

  • Adam Harris, UNC

“Chaucer’s Prostitutes”

9:45 am-10:00 am—Coffee Break

10:00 am-11:15 am—Panels Eleven, Twelve and Thirteen

Panel Eleven: Contagion, Construction, and Dissemination of Knowledge in Early Modern Drama
University Room, Hyde Hall

  • Ben VanWagoner, Columbia University

“Construction/Circulation: Making Things Onstage”

  • Miranda Fay Thomas, KCL

“No Hump; Great with Kids: Constructing the Enemy and Expectorating Richard of Gloucester from the Body Politic”

  • Ani Govjian, UNC

Panel Twelve: Metamorphosis and Beasts in Medieval Literature
Incubator Room, Hyde Hall

  • Adam Karr, University of Virginia

“The Pagan Gods in Medieval Christianity:  Evolutions in Thought and Literary Expression”

  • Kimberly Bridgewater, University of Northern Iowa

“Artifice and Identity in Melion and Marie de France’s ‘Bisclavret’”

  • Sarah Moore, University of Alabama in Huntsville

“Re-thinking the Animal in Chaucer’s House of Fame

Panel Thirteen: The Uncanny, Unreal, and Monstrous in Shakespeare’s Drama
Seminar Room, Hyde Hall

  • Mark Collins, UNC

“Interpreting Caliban: Defining Monstrosity in the Early Modern Period”

  • Leighla Khansari, Rutgers University, Newark

“Shakespeare’s Caliban: a Reaction against Scientific and Technological Advancement       of the Islamic World”

  • Sarah Apffel Cegelski, University of North Carolina

“The Discourse of Monstrosity in Lope de Vega’s El animal de Hungría (1608-1612) and La dama boba (1613)”

11:15-12:45—KCL Faculty Keynote

12:45-2:00 pm—Lunch (on your own)

2:00-3:45 pm—Panels Fourteen, Fifteen, and Sixteen

Panel Fourteen: Translations and Theories of Knowledge in Medieval and Early Modern Culture
Incubator Room, Hyde Hall

  • James Ensley, North Carolina State University

“As Telleth Lollius”: Translation as Narrative Power in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde

  • Gregg Vaillancourt, Wake Forest University

“Margery and Her Books: the Transmission of Texts in Late Medieval England”

  • Phil Tromans, De Montfort University, England

“Richard Hakluyt’s Early Books”

  • Michael Roberts, University of Texas at Austin

“Skepticism and the Imagination in late-Elizabethan Poetics”

Panel Fifteen: Medieval and Early Modern Natural Inquiry: Transmutation and Observation
Seminar Room, Hyde Hall

  • Jessica Junqueira, University of South Carolina

“In Golden Traces Lost:  ‘Gold,’ Materiality, and Transformation in Paradise Lost

  • Sam Brock, UNC

“Milton’s Multifaceted Attendant Spirit”

  • Michael T. Sirles, Middle Tennessee State University

“‘So long lives this, and this gives life to thee’:  Transitional Alchemy in Tudor England”

  • Carol Romaguera Eshleman, University of New Orleans

The Canterbury Alchemist: A Pilgrim’s Allegory”

Panel Sixteen: Medieval and Early Modern Disciplines of Science and Literary Intertextuality
University Room, Hyde Hall

  • Kristen Leigh Southworth, Union Theological Seminary

“Medieval Sight-Seeing: Understanding the Role of Sight in the Religious Practices of         Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe”

  • Sarah Schaefer, Virginia Tech

“The Realism of Courtly Love: Chaucer’s Reinvention of Convention”

  • Kathleen D. Fowler, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

“Roundels and Scoundrels: Medieval Astronomy and Personal Agency in Chaucer”

  • Perry Guevara, Emory

“Milton’s Bright Eyes”

4:00-5:00 pmRooms of Wonder Exhibit, Wilson Library. Introduction by Dr. Jessica Wolfe. See for more information.

5:00—“From Matter to Ideas: Making Natural Knowledge in Early Modern Europe,” Keynote delivered by Dr. Pamela Smith, introduction by Dr. Mary Floyd-Wilson

6:30-7:30 pm—Reception, Hyde Hall.

Appetizers and wine will be served

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