Medieval & Renaissance Forum
“Dreams, Imagination, Fantasy”

Friday and Saturday, April 24-25, 2009
Plymouth State University


I am delighted and honored to welcome you to our beautiful campus for this, the thirtieth Forum at Plymouth State University. Our panels range among Art History, History, Literature and beyond and invite you to ponder: What was the role of the imagination in Medieval and Early Modern culture? Was “fantasy” distinguished from “reality”? How did people talk about and experience dreams?

On Friday afternoon we’ll be celebrating some of the Forum’s past that you have all created—do join us as we welcome and thank Dick Chisholm, Manny Sterling, Ursula Allen, and Herb Otto for creating, sustaining, and growing this unique event. I also hope you’ll attend what promises to be a magical Friday evening with Ensemble Chaconne and Pamela Dellal’s performance of “Measure for Measure: The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays.” This year’s Forum features the renowned Early Modern historian Dr. Carole Levin as our keynote speaker. Her talk, “Haunting Dreams of Early Modern Women,” is free and open to the public, 1:15-2:15 on Saturday. Finally, do not forget to secure your ticket to Saturday evening’s Feast! This year will be a raucous occasion—bring your garb and be prepared for a few surprises!

As the new Forum director, I have benefited immeasurably from the collective wisdom of many Forum “regulars” and would like to thank each of you for your patience and encouragement over the past year.  Thank you for all you do to make this job so rewarding!

–Karolyn Kinane, Director


Books: Basilia Books
Jewelry and objets d’art: Marantha Creations
Music CDs: Art & Joanne Ketchen

Need to check your email? –Visit the Lamson Library & Learning Commons for access to computers. While there, view our outstanding display of Medieval materials.

Visit the Plymouth State Bookstore, located in the Hartman Union Building, featuring many medieval and Renaissance titles

Friday, April 24th

8:30 a.m. Registration and coffee, Rounds 103
Registration available until 9:20, then during sessions throughout the day

  • Coffee, refreshments, and vendors are located in Rounds 103

9:00 a.m. – Opening Ceremony

Process from Rounds Hall to the Harman Union Building Fireplace Lounge

  • Reading from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, General Prologue. Robin Bowers, emeritus    Professor of English.
  • Welcome Poem by Phil O’Mara, read by Geraldine Suter.
  • Opening remarks. Karolyn Kinane, Forum director and Assistant Professor of English.
  • Welcome from Sara Jayne Steen, President of Plymouth State University.

Join us all in singing Gaudemaus Igitur, led by Robert Swift, Professor of Music, with brass quintet:

  • Timothy Polhemus, Trumpet
  • Adrienne Pollner, Trumpet
  • Johanna Schillemat, French Horn
  • Joshua Fields, Trombone
  • Eric Bonnett, Tuba

9:30-10:50 Session 1

‘Strepitus Diaboli’: Screaming, Sulking and Singing Devils in Medieval Drama  Rounds 107
Moderator: Vincent Corrigan, Bowling Green State University

  • The Danger of Diabolus in Hildegard’s Ordo virtutum, Vincent Corrigan, Bowling Green State University
  • Raising the Devil: The Devils in Three Old French Dramas, Raymond Eichmann, University of Arkansas
  • Devils and the Demonic in the Mistere de saint Etienne pape, Vicki Hamblin, Western Washington University
  • Nightmare Deceiver: The Contrary Role of Titivillus in Mankind, William Marx, Michigan State University

Reading Romance and its Contexts Rounds 203
Moderator: Meriem Pagès, Keene State College

  • Templar Fantasy, Gregory Wilkin, Phillips Academy
  • Casualties of a Theory: Court Literature, Nobility, and the “Civilizing Process”,  Andrew Welton, Grove City College
  • Death Becomes Her: How Fenice and Guilliadun Defied their Tombs, Nathalie Ettzevoglou, University of Connecticut

Fourteenth Century England Rounds 204
Moderator: Kathy Tardif, Plymouth State University

  • “Al to-drawe were the tharmys”: Linguistic Dismemberment and the Confessional Self, Emily Russell, Eastern Michigan University
  • The Word Made Flesh: Language and Incarnation in the Cloud of Unknowing, Nicholas Prokup, Eastern Michigan University
  • P.C. in the 14th C, Paulette Barton, University of Maine, Orono

Blurring Borders: Medieval, Renaissance, Modern Rounds 303
Moderator: Roberta Staples, Sacred Heart University

  • The Cultural Significance of Precious Stones in Renaissance England,  Cassie Auble, University of Nebraska—Lincoln
  • A Sense of Yesteryear: Daemon Lovers, House Carpenters, and the Folk Music Revival, Scott Suter, Bridgewater College
  • Harvest Dreams: The 14th and 15th C. as a Time of Cultural Conclusion According to Huizinga and Oberman, Donald Hochstetler, Worcester State College

11:05-12:25 Session 2

Gender Trouble in Romance Rounds 107
Moderator: Kate Greenspan, Skidmore College

  • Visions of A Better World: Same-Sex Affectivity in Marie de France’s Eliduc, Teva Glueck, Skidmore College
  • Marie de France Slays the Dragon, Julie Pease, Winchester High School
  • Girls will be Boys and Boys will be Girls: Changing Gender in Old French Romance, Angela Jane Weisl, Seton Hall University

Experiencing and Interpreting Dreams in the Middle Ages Rounds 203
Moderator: Mona Logarbo, University of Michigan—Ann Arbor

  • Dreams, Visions and Realities in Matthew Paris’s Story of St Edward the King, Nicole Leapley, St Anselm College
  • Confusing “Disenchantment with Truth”: Dreams, Ambiguity, and Meaning in the Middle Ages, Geraldine Suter, James Madison University
  • In the Court of the Great King: St Anselm’s Dream and his Search for God, John Fortin, St Anselm College

Fantasy and Irish Literature Rounds 204
Moderator: JoAnn Guilmett, Plymouth State University

  • Lewis’s Dawn Treader and Medieval Irish Immrama Voyages, S. Elizabeth Passmore, University of Southern Indiana
  • Literary Fantasy and Satirical Reality in 12th C. Ireland, Feargal Ó Béarra, National University of Ireland, Galway.
  • Fantasy in the Name of the Divine: The Impact of Myth and Magic in the Life and Accounts of St Columba, Laura McCloskey, George Mason University

Iberia in the Renaissance Rounds 303
Moderator: Thomas J Napierkowski, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

  • America: The Imagined Continent, Wilson Garcia, Plymouth State University
  • Fra Francesc Moner’s La Noche: Adapting the Catalan Castell to the Spanish Allegorical Theater of the Early Renaissance, Peter Cocozzella, Binghamton University

12:45-1:45 Lunch: 30 Years of the Medieval and Renaissance Forum
Hartman Union Building Multipurpose Room
Honoring Manny Sterling, Dick Chisholm,  Herb Otto and Ursula Allen (tickets required)

1:50-2:10 Galileo’s Sky Boyd Hall Sylvestre Planetarium
Jennifer Jones, McAuliffe-Shepard Discovery Center, Concord, NH
(tickets required)

2:25-3:45 Session 3

The Faerie Queene Rounds 107
Moderator:  Elizabeth Patton, Johns Hopkins University

  • The Dream of Belief in The Faerie Queene Book I, Thomas Festa, SUNY New Paltz
  • Imagining Astonishment in The Faerie Queene, Hilary Binda, Tufts University

Chaucer: Sorcery and Heresy Rounds 203
Moderator: Robert Sullivan, University of Massachusetts—Amherst

  • Angelic Demons: The Use of Witchcraft and Sorcery in The Canterbury Tales, Melanie Bussiere, Seton Hall University
  • “I smelle a Lollere in the wynd”: Chaucer’s Heretical Parson and the Lollard Sect Vocabulary, Meredith Clermont-Ferrand, Eastern Connecticut University
  • Is God Dead? Chaucer’s Atheistic Dream Vision, Carl Grindley, Hostos/CUNY

Women and Spirituality Rounds 204
Moderator: Joan Bowers, Plymouth State University

  • Piety, Prophecy, Politics and Propaganda: The Discernment of God’s Will and Women’s Participation in the Hundred Years’ War, Robin A. Gower, Georgian Court University
  • Crucified Bride? Caterina, the Cloister, and the Curious Crowd, Elena Taylor-Garcia, Salve Regina University
  • Where did the Goddess Go? Visual Culture and the Sacred Feminine, Raffaele Florio, Brandeis University

Alchemy, Dreams, and Spirits in Europe Rounds 303
Moderator: Paulette Barton, University of Maine, Orono

  • Carnivale and the Afterlife in Medieval Germany, Beth Debold, Skidmore College
  • Astrological Imagination in Cecco d’Ascoli’s Acerba, Diane Murphy, Unity College in Maine
  • The Uses of Dreams in Medieval Alchemy and Kabbalah, Victoria Cambranes and Gail Gershenov, Skidmore College

4:00 Medieval Society Human Chess Match
Alumni Green in front of the Hartman Union Building
(Rain location Fireplace Lounge)

4:00-5:20 Session 4

Early Modern English Drama Rounds 107
Moderator: Robin Bowers, Plymouth State University

  • IV.3: Shakespeare’s Problem Plays, Roberta Staples, Sacred Heart University
  • “I cannot frame disguise”: Perspectives on Marriage in Elizabeth Cary’s Mariam, Elizabeth Patton, Johns Hopkins University

Writing the Saracen in Romance and Chronicle Rounds 203
Moderator: Roubina Shnorhokian, Queen’s University

  • The Saracen Knight: A Question of Conversion, Ann Brant, Keene State College
  • “O omnium Creator quid est hoc?” Imagining the Enemy in Western Crusade Chronicles, Sarah Beth Torpey, Hofstra University
  • Race and Religious Conversion in The King of Tars, Alan S. Ambrisco, University of Akron
  • Nicolete the Saracen, Meriem Pagès, Keene State College

Old English Literature Rounds 204
Moderator: Peter Schwartz, Elmira College

  • The Drink is Bitter to the Beowulf Poet, Nicholas Schwartz, University of Toledo
  • Imaginative Alternatives: A Possible New Solution to Exeter Book Riddle 77, Todd Preston, Lycoming College
  • Dreaming and the Creative Act in Anglo Saxon Poetry, Jerome Denno, Nazareth College

Medieval in Modern Media Rounds 303
Moderator: Ann McClellan, Plymouth State University

  • History and Fantasy: Representations of Magic in Medieval Films, Christine Amandola, Seton Hall University
  • Medieval Civilizations in Sid Meier’s Civilization Games, Carl Pyrdum, Yale University
  • Visual Kabbalah on the Web, Marla Segol, Skidmore College

Undergraduates Look at Medieval Art Rounds 304
Moderator: Véronique Plesch and David Simon, Colby College

  • Byzantine Paten and Chalice, Whitney R. Lynn, Colby College
  • Enamel Reliquary from Limoges. Margaret R. Gribbell, Colby College
  • Ivory Diptych with the Nativity, Adoration of the Magi, Crucifixion, and Last Judgment, Megan L. Conroy, Colby College
  • Façade Relief with Two Birds, Thomas A. Winter, Colby College

President’s Reception (meet in Rounds 103)

6:30-7:45 Dinner: Hartman Union Building Multi Purpose Room In memory of Dean Ware, Professor Emeritus, University of Massachusetts (Tickets required)

8:15 concert
Measure for Measure:
The Music of Shakespeare’s Plays
Ensemble Chaconne with Pamela Dellal
Samuel Read Hall Residence Hall, Heritage Room
(Tickets required)

Saturday April 25th

9:00- 10:20 Session 5:

Imagination in Early Modern English Literature Rounds 107
Moderator: Andrea Harbin, SUNY Cortland

  • “Love Will a Painter Make You”: Erotomania and Creative Inspiration in Mary Wroth’s Pamphlia to Amphilanthus, Angela Bullard, Texas Christian University
  • Locating Imagination in Burton’s Anatomy of Melancholy, Deanna Smid, McMaster University
  • Reading Robert Herrick’s The Vine, Abigail Scherer, Nicholls State University

East/West: Dreams, Piety, and Politics Rounds 203
Moderator: Whitney Howarth, Plymouth State University

  • Christian Devoutness in the Mongol court: The Political Side to Piety in the Writings of Hayton and Bishop Stepannos Orbelian, Roubina Shnorhokian, Queen’s University
  • Dreams and Sufi Lives in Late Sixteenth Century Istanbul, Asli Niyazioglu, Koc University

Whose Chaucer? Varieties of The Canterbury Tales Rounds 204
Moderator: Liz Ahl, Plymouth State University

  • His words weren so wise:  Semantic Choice in Bibliotheque Nationale’s Fond Anglais 39 (Paris) Jean D’Angouleme’s Copy of The Canterbury Tales, Meredith Clermont-Ferrand, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • The Wright Stuff: Thomas Wright’s 1847 Best-Text Approach to The Canterbury Tales, M. C. E. Shaner, Emeritus, University of Massachusetts—Boston
  • Clearing the “Mist between the Reader and a Sympathetic Comprehension of the Poet”: Percy W. MacKaye and John S. P. Tatlock’s Modern Reader’s Chaucer (1912), Geraldine S. Branca, Merrimack College

Identities in Icelandic and Old English Literature Rounds 223
Moderator: Angela Jane Weisl, Seton Hall University

  • Judith the Androgynous Warrior, Jason Lubinski, University of Toledo
  • Disfigurements and Disabilities: Giving Difference a Name in the Icelandic Sagas, John P. Sexton, Bridgewater State College
  • I’m not Paranoid; People are Watching Me: The Real and Imagined Gaze in Beowulf, Tyler Wentland, Eastern Connecticut State University

The Medieval and Its Pasts Rounds 303
Moderator: Paulette Barton, University of Maine, Orono

  • The Theology of the Hermetica and Its Influence on Giordano Bruno, Kile Jones, Boston University
  • Nightmares from Reading the Classics: Cicero, Virgil, and Other Monsters, Anna Taylor, University of Massachusetts—Amherst
  • Women’s Roles in Early Christianity: Mary Magdalene and the Struggle for Authority in Gnostic and Orthodox Texts, Molly McCumber, Skidmore College

11:00 Medieval Society Chainmail Demonstration
Rounds 304

10:35-11:55 Session 6

Performing Drama Rounds 107
Moderator: Carl Martin, Fitchburg State College

  • Catching the Drift: Semantic Drifts and Elizabethan Reimagining of Robin Hood, Andrea Harbin, SUNY Cortland
  • Everyman’s Audiences, Terrence Hurley, Plymouth State University
  • Performing Fauvel’s Wedding Banquet, Kappes Emmons, Skidmore College

Dreams and Madness in Malory’s le Morte d’Arthur Rounds 203
Moderator: Peter Schwartz, Elmira College

  • Grail Dreams:  Launcelot’s Quest for Reconciliation, Peter Schwartz, Elmira College
  • Sir Bors in unholy trinity: Arthur’s main man, God’s chosen, or Lancelot’s stooge?, Jim Slocombe, in a SchoChamplain College/Bishops University
  • Educating Percivale: Knowledge and Instinct ol of Dream and Vision, Gary LaPointe, Elmira College
  • The Madness of Sir Lancelot: The Problem of Identity, Forrest Helvie, The Forman School

Medieval Iberia Rounds 204
Moderator: Wilson Garcia, Plymouth State University

  • Oneiric Discourse and the Re-Creation of Alexander the Great in the Libro de Alexandre, Gabriela Cerghedean, Madison Area Technical College
  • Maria de Molina: An Invincible Queen and Regent, Paulette Pepin, University of New Haven

Art History Rounds 223
Moderator: Nicole Leapley, St Anselm College

  • Coloring Outside the Lines: An Analysis of Imagination and Narrative Agendas between Author and Miniaturist in Christine de Pizan’s des Trois Vertus, Beinecke MS 427, Tanya Stone, Eastern Connecticut State University
  • Imagining the “Gray Beginning”: Robert Browning’s Filippo Lippi, Terry Savage, University of New Hampshire—Manchester
  • Zara Yaqob and the “Art” of Nation Building: A Marian Devotion and Civil Religion in Fifteenth Century Ethiopia, Laura Dobrynin, Ohio University

Beasts and Monsters Rounds 303
Moderator: Robin A. Gower, Georgian Court University

  • Bestial Representations of Sex and Sin in Iconography and Texts, Savannah Barr, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • The Wild Hunt Sir Orfeo and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, Abbey Dwyer, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Women, Snakes, and Sins of the Tongue: Women and Monstrosity, Janet Knepper, Clarion University of Pennsylvania
  • Monstrous Heroes: Beowulf, Liminality, and Monsters, Christopher Wike, Clarion University of Pennsylvania

12:15-1:15 Keynote Lunch (tickets required)
Hartman Union Building Multi-purpose Room

Keynote talk, free and open to public
Hartman Union Building Multi-purpose Room

Haunting Dreams of Women in Early Modern England
Dr. Carole Levin, Willa Cather Professor of History
University of Nebraska, Lincoln

2:15 p.m. Medieval Society Longbow Archery Demonstration
Field House (Across the River from Main Campus)

Tyler Borror, Bladesmithing demo, Alumni Green, HUB

3:00-4:20 Session 7

Kings in Early Modern English Literature Rounds 107
Moderator: Forrest Helvie, The Forman School

  • As the Crow Flies: The Dreams of King Charles IX and their Interpretation in Foxe’s Acts and Monuments and Shakespeare’s Macbeth, Nathan Probasco, University of Nebraska—Lincoln
  • “If words will serve”: Artistocracy, Rhetoric, and War in Marlowe’s Edward II, Carl Martin, Fitchburg State College

Ways of Reading Chaucer Rounds 203
Moderator: Meredith Clermont-Ferrand, Eastern Connecticut University

  • Sovereignty or Submission: The Wife of Bath’s Tale and the 18th Century Sublime, Maria Montagnini, Eastern Michigan University
  • Pandarus and the Audience in Book Two of Troilus and Criseyde, Brian Campbell, Emeritus, Vanier College
  • The Parson’s Tale and Chaucer’s Commitment to Assimilatio, Thomas J Napierkowski, University of Colorado, Colorado Springs

Papers from the Society for the Study of Popular Culture and the Middle Ages  Rounds 303
Moderator: Carl Grindley, Hostos/CUNY

  • The Middle Ages in Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Images and Symbols, Tania Ramos, Lehman College, CUNY
  • Intertext Jokes: Humor and Allusion in the Trailer and Opening Credits of Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Kevin Cryderman, Rochester University/Emory University
  • Merlin, from Star Trek to Stargate: Investigating the Sci Fi Merlins of the Reel Matter of Britain, Michael Torregrossa, independent scholar
  • Dr. Who: A Wizard in Scientific Clothing, Lisa Leblanc, Anna Maria College

5:15-10:00 p.m.
Medieval and Renaissance Feast
Samuel Read Hall Residence Hall; Heritage Room
Featuring Roger the Jester
Costumes encouraged; Masks provided ((tickets required)

5:15-6:00 Cocktails (cash bar)
6:00 Hand-washing ceremony
Medieval Society Knighting Ceremony
Sword-play Demonstration

Medieval & Renaissance Forum
The Forum Director, Dr. Karolyn Kinane, and Administrative Assistant, Ms. Ivy Page, would like to thank:

All of our faithful participants, many of whom return year after year for this special celebration, and
our new friends attending for the first time.

Faculty and Staff of Plymouth State University, including

  • Dr. Sara Jayne Steen, President
  • Dr. Julie Bernier, Provost & Vice President of Academic Affairs
  • Ms. Ann Thurston, Business Manager, Academic Affairs
  • Ms. Tamara Mahoney, Senior Business Service Assistant
  • Ms. Elizabeth (Betsy) Cheney, Public Relations Coordinator
  • Mr. John Martin, Instructional Technology Specialist
  • Dr. A. Robin Bowers, Emeritus
  • Dr. Liz Ahl, Chair of English
  • Ms. Mary Petz, Administrative Assistant, English
  • Ms. Anne Lebreche, Lamson Library Liaison
  • Ms. Joann Guilmet, Lamson Library Liaison
  • Mr. John Ward, Physical Plant

Sodexho Campus Services

  • Mr. Chris Mongeon, General Manager
  • Mr. Keith Botelho, Catering Manager

The Medieval Society of Plymouth State University

  • Ms Kelley Osborne, Monarch
  • Mr. John Grandi, Chancellor
  • ,Ian McCarthy, Chamberlain
  • Mr. John “Dez” Hoonhout, Armorer
  • Mr. Ryan Kinghorn, Scribe
  • And many more!

Special thanks to

  • Ms. Jennifer Jones
  • Mr. John “Dez” Hoonhout
  • Meriem Pagès

Design Credits

  • Publications – Ms. Ivy Page, Ms. Jennifer Jones
  • Web – Ms. Kim Accorsi and staff
  • Logo Design – Ms. Jennifer Jones
  • 30th Forum Poster Designs –  Ivy Page
  • Other Decorations by the PSU Medieval Society

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