2018 Program

The twenty-first biennial New College Conference on Medieval & Renaissance Studies took place 8–10 March 2018.

Conference Schedule

Thursday, 8 March 2018

 9:00–10:30 am
Sessions 1–5
  Coffee Break 
10:45 am–12:15 pm  Sessions 6-10
  Session 11: Notker's Sequences
2:00-3:30 pm  Sessions 12-16 
  Coffee Break 
3:45–5:15 pm  Sessions 17–21
5:30-7:00 pm  Conference Reception, Cook Hall Bayfront 

Friday, 9 March 2018

 9:00–10:30 am
Sessions 22–26
  Coffee Break 
10:45 am–12:30 pm  Sessions 27-31
  Session 32: Hrotsvitha's Thais
2:15-3:30 pm 
Plenary I:
"Warrior Women and Savage Beasts: Non-Human Domestications in Medieval and Renaissance Chivalric Epic"
Eleonora Stoppino, University of Illinois,
4:00-5:30 pm  Tours: John & Mable Ringling Museum of Art
5:00-6:30 pm  Ringling Reception
Muse Terrace, Ringling Museum

Saturday, 10 March 2018

 9:00–10:30 am
Sessions 33–36
  Coffee Break 
10:45 am–12:00 pm  Plenary II:
"Secular Culture and the Church in Later Medieval Europe,

Malcolm Vale, St John's College, Oxford
  Session 37: Wittenberg
2:00-3:30 pm  Sessions 38–41
  Coffee Break
3:45-5:15pm Sessions 42–45

Conference Program

1. Medieval Textual Transmission
Jonathan Scott Perry, University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee
The Story of Troy in Medieval Manuscripts
      N. Kivilcim Yavuz, University of Copenhagen, Arnamagnaean Institute
What Do We Read When We Read Malory?
      Kevin T. Grimm, Oakland University
Medieval Textual Transmission: STEM and Humanities Collaboration in the Classroom
      Lynn Ramey, Vanderbilt University

2. Church & Periphery
Chair: Douglas Langston, New College of Florida
The Roman Curia and the Episcopal Dominance of Krakow in the High Middle Ages
      Sebastian P. Bartos, Valdosta State University
Was the Eastern Church a Victim of Western Prejudice or Trapped in the Papal Politics of the Fourteenth Century?
      Joan Dusa
Braids and Bricks: Queen Margrete I and the Roskilde Cathedral as Architect and Archetype of Danish Ascendancy in Late Medieval Scandinavia
      John F. Chappo, Pennsylvania College of Technology

3. Medieval Objects: Context, Audience, & Meaning
Chair: Amber McAlister, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg
Knights and Angels with Oliphants: Spirituality and Material Culture at Neuilly-en-Donjon
      Magdalena Elizabeth Carrasco, New College of Florida
Performance and/or Performativity in Yates Thompson MS 13: Constructing Medieval Female Identity
      Abby Rose Armstrong, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Collecting Medieval and Renaissance Art and Architecture in the Modern World
      Taryn Chubb, East Central University

4. The Mediterranean Economy
Chair: George Dameron, Saint Michael's College
James I and Catalan Commercial Development: Economic Strategy and Cross Cultural Relations in the Thirteenth-Century Mediterranean
      Dru Swadener, Saint Louis University
Banking, Colonialism, and the Mediterranean Slave Trade: The Banco di San Giorgio and Genoese Merchant Networks of the Fifteenth Century
      Steven Teasdale, University of Toronto
The Casa del Cavallero: Prohibitions and Permissions in Early Modern Crises
      Rowena J-M.H.-Muzquiz, Broward College

5. Medieval England
Chair: Hugh Thomas, University of Miami
Ralph de Sandwich, Royal Servant
      Boyd Breslow, Florida Atlantic University
King as Guarantor: A Clash of Royal and Monastic Motivations in Twelfth-Century English Local Chronicles
      Stephanie Skenyon, University of Miami
Two Illegitimate Sons of King John: A Comparison of Their Careers
      Ralph V. Turner, Florida State University

6. Tudor Drama: World and Flesh
Chair: Timothy Turner, University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee
Temporal Polemics in the York Corpus Christi Play
      Theresa Tinkle, University of Michigan
Holy Excrement and Carnivalesque Allegory in Mankind
      Tison Pugh, University of Central Florida
Bodies and Selves: Dramatizing the Agency of Consent in the Tudor Interlude
      Lindsey Simon-Jones, Pennsylvania State University, Fayette (Eberly Campus)

7. Meanings of “Reform” in Pre-Reformation Germany
Chair: Marcia Colish, Yale University
Organizer: Stephen Mossman, University of Manchester
Liturgy in the Reform Concept of Johannes Nider
      Claire Taylor Jones, University of Notre Dame
Literary Culture and Mentalité of the Early German Observance: A Case Study from Strasbourg
      Stephen Mossman
The 1442 “Royal Reformation” of Frankfurt and Its Legacy in the Fifteenth and Sixteenth Centuries
      Duncan Hardy,University of Central Florida

8. Artistic Representations in Sixteenth-Century Italy
Chair: Chrystine Keener, Ringling College of Art & Design
From Arms to Letters: Presenting Masculinity in the Child Portraits of Giovanni de’ Medici, Cardinal-Prince
      Dana Hogan, Syracuse University in Florence
Style and Context: The Terracotta Sculptures of Santo Sepolcro, Milan
      Ellen L. Longsworth, Merrimack College
An Examination of the Vocabulary of Green in the Two Editions of Giorgio Vasari’s Lives of the Artists
      Amber A. McAlister, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg

9. Diplomats, Mercenaries, and Slaves: Negotiation in the Mediterranean World
Chair: Philip Gavitt, Saint Louis University
The Malta Exchange: Ordinary Women, Captives, and Diplomats
      Erica Heinsen-Roach, University of South Florida, St. Petersburg
Captives and Consuls: Barbary Captivity and the Evolution of the English Consul
      Ian Larson
Note: We remember the late Simon Barton (University of Central Florida), whose paper, “The Art of Leadership: Some Twelfth-Century Perspectives,” was to have been included here.

10. Revising the Historiography of Early Medieval Europe
Chair: David Rohrbacher, New College of Florida
The Bubonic Plague in Visigothic Spain: A Revisionist Approach
      Bernard Bachrach, University of Minnesota
Pseudo-Hegesippus and Sefer Yosippon: Historiography and Identity Formation in Christian Late Antiquity and Medieval Judaism
      Carson M. Bay, Florida State University
For the Sake of Power: Feud as a Pretense for Political Action in Early Anglo-Saxon England
      David DiTucci, New College of Florida

11. The Sequences of Notker Balbulus (c. 884) in Performance
Hunter Hensley, Eastern Kentucky University
Respondent: Lance Brunner, University of Kentuck

12. Character Types in Medieval Literature
Chair: Anne Latowsky, University of South Florida
Learning Something New: The Fabliau of the Butcher of Abbeville and the Reform of Clerical Regard for the Laity
      Daniel M. Murtaugh, Florida Atlantic University
A Visit from Dr. “So-Be-It”: Literary Academies and the Republic of Letters
      Matt Michel, University of Florida
Worst of the Worst: In Search of the Hypocrite in Medieval Arabic Literature, 700-1258 CE
      Sherif Abdelkarim, University of Virginia

13. Authority and Intertext in English Literature
Chair: Nova Myhill, New College of Florida
One or Several Gawains: Identity and Intertext
      Christopher Jensen, Florida State University
From Síd-Mound to Rocky Hill: The Many Faces of Fairyland
      Angana Moitra, University of Kent, Canterbury, and Freie Universität, Berlin
Spenser’s Lotichius and Catullus’s “Squiblets”: Mining Lee Piepho’s “Immerito” Manuscript
      Melissa J. Rack, University of South Carolina, Salkehatchie

14. Venus: Forms of Desire
Chair: Lizz Angello, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Il Sodoma’s Allegory of Celestial Love: Furor divinus
      Liana De Girolami Cheney, University of Bari, Italy
Shakespeare's Venus and Adonis: Erotic Potential in Adonis’ Resistance
      Alexandria Morgan, University of Miami

15. Change and Innovation in the Intellectual and Visual Cultures of Medieval Italy, ca. 1150–ca. 1350: In Memory of Ronald G. Witt
Chair: Margery Ganz, Spelman College
Famine or Dearth? The Language of Hunger in Tuscan Chronicles, 1150–1350
      George Dameron, Saint Michael’s College
The Benedictine Cloister at Monreale: A Prolegomenon
      Dorothy Glass, University of Buffalo
What Can a Man Do? The Influence of Early Humanism on the Dramatic Change in Gender Expectations in Thirteenth-Century Italian Communes
      Carol Lansing, University of California, Santa Barbara

16. Social Capital in Late Medieval England
Chair: Malcolm Vale, St John’s College, Oxford

The Mechanics of Social Mobility and the Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century English Gentry
      Kristin Canzano Pinyan, Rutgers University
Networking in Sixteenth-Century Ireland: Joan Fitzgerald's 1562 Petition Letters
      Karen Holland, Providence College

17. Late Medieval England: Text and Theory
Chair: Nicole Guenther Discenza, University of South Florida
The Winter Garden as Meme: Transmission and Variation in Chaucer’s Franklin’s and Merchant’s Tales
      Jamie Fumo, Florida State University
“Tyl hyt was at the worldes ende”: Reading Anthropocene in Chaucer’s House of Fame
      Rachel Smith, University of Montana
The Corners of the World: “Spaigne” in the Late Medieval English Imagination
      Jamie Taylor, Bryn Mawr College

18. Forms of Representation in Golden-Age Spanish Drama
Chair: Matthew Michel, University of Florida
All The King's Trophies: Power and Pursuit in Lope de Vega's “El villano en su rincón”
      R. John McCaw, University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee
The Scripts and Stages of Golden-Age Spain: Representational Realities of Gendered Violence in Law and Literature
      Rich Lizardo, University of Pennsylvania

19. Digital Approaches to Medieval Architecture & Archaeology
Chair: Gregor Kalas, University of Tennessee–Knoxville
Derrida’s Deconstruction and Creation of the Early Medieval Royal Seats in Central Europe using Spatial Data
      Kamila Oleś, University of South Florida and Charles University, Prague
The History and Digital Documentation of the Medieval Haghpat Monastery Complex in Armenia
      Travis Doering and Lori D. Collins, University of South Florida Libraries
Virtualizing Castles in Crusader Spain
      Michael Decker, University of South Florida

20. Social Action, Patronage, and Material Culture: Women in Renaissance Italy
Chair: Alison Lewin, Saint Joseph's University
Violating Virgins: Symbols of Ovidian Rape Allegory in Andrea Mantegna’s Minerva Expelling the Vices from the Garden of Virtue
      Lindsay Schiller, Florida State University
Scientific Analyses of the Story of Helen of Troy: Venetian Spallieri Panel Paintings and Applied Pressbrokat
      Glenn Gates, Walters Art Museum
Taking Care of Sisters: Eustochia Bichi in Renaissance Siena
      Elena Brizio, Georgetown University–Fiesole Campus

21. The Art of the Appeal: The Presentation and Reception of Public Justice in Italy’s Popular Communes
Organizer: Joseph Figliulo-Rosswurm, University of California, Santa Barbara
Chair: Carol Lansing, University of California, Santa Barbara
When Violence Is Not an Option: Managing Conflict in Late Thirteenth-Century Bologna
      Lorenzo Caravaggi, Balliol College, Oxford
Languages of Official Abuse in Fourteenth-Century Italy
      Eric Nemarich, Harvard University
Unwilling Witnesses: The Practice of Criminal Justice in the Florentine Countryside (ca. 1340-1360)
      Joseph Figliulo-Rosswurm

22. The Archaeology of Early Medieval Italy
Chair: Uzi Baram, New College of Florida
“Permission to Bury” and the Development of the Christian Cemetery
      Jonathan Scott Perry, University of South Florida Sarasota–Manatee
Craft Production and Architectural Restoration in the Early Medieval Roman Forum
      Gregor Kalas, University of Tennessee, Knoxville
New Discoveries in the Medieval Archaeology of Sicily,
      Davide Tanasi and Michael Decker, University of South Florida

23. Gender and Devotion in the Twelfth & Thirteenth Centuries
Organizer and Chair: Janine Larmon Peterson, Marist College
Origen and Ordination: Modeling Male Spirituality in the Twelfth Century
      Jay Diehl, Long Island University
The Question of Hannah: Prayerful Models for Male and Female Religious
      Lauren Mancia, City University of New York, Brooklyn College
Sick with Nobility: Masculinity, Empathy, and Devotion in Grail Romance
      Andrew J. Romig, New York University

24. Sight & Sound: Experiencing a Premodern Past beyond the Text
Chair: Maribeth Clark, New College of Florida
The Soundscape of the Medieval Italian City: Towards a Social History of Sound
      Edward Coleman, University College, Dublin
Listening to Painting: Intersensoriality and Correspondences between Music and the Visual Arts
      Samantha Chang, University of Toronto
Sight and Hearing in Hamlet
      Laurey Magnus, US Merchant Marine Academy

25. Memory, Commemoration and Constructions of Authority in Medieval & Renaissance Italy
Chair: Carrie Beneš, New College of Florida
Legacies of the Medieval Regno: Il Castello dell'Imperatore, Prato
      Joanna Drell, University of Richmond
A Remembrance of Leos Past: The Stanza dell’Incendio and the Ideological Agenda of Pope Leo X
      Elizabeth McCahill, University of Massachusetts, Boston
The Politics of Memory: The Malatesta Family in the Commentaries of Pope Pius II
      Emily O’Brien, Simon Fraser University

26. Literature and its Theological Context
Chair: Fiona Tolhurst, Florida Gulf Coast University
The Rise and Fall of an Incubus
      Anne Berthelot, University of Connecticut
Politics As Marian: Governance and Femynyte in Lydgate's History Writing
      Christina Di Gangi, Dawson Community College (Montana)

27. Identity and Community in the Practice of Medieval Christianity
Chair: Stephen Mossman, University of Manchester
Forgetting the Desert: The Absence of Wilderness Rhetoric in Twelfth-Century Enclosure Literature
      Joshua Britt, University of South Florida
The Bonnes Femmes of Medieval Paris: A Women’s Religious Movement Post-Vienne
      Tanya Stabler Miller, Loyola University, Chicago
Voices from the Cells
      Eleonora Rava, University of Saint Andrews
Collection and Armory: the Practical and Theoretical Use of Souvenirs in Medieval Pilgrimage
      Ceallsach Crouch, Georgia State University

28. Medieval & Early Modern Approaches to Medicine
Chair: Melodie H. Eichbauer, Florida Gulf Coast University
Medicine in Canons and Papal Bulls
      Francesca Zazzara, University of L’Aquila
Healing Body and Soul: Medical Advice in Sigmund Ortel’s Book of Prayers
      Anne M. Koenig, University of South Florida
Popular Error and the Vulgar Proverb in Juan Sorapán de Rieros’ Medicína Española (1616)
      Sarah E. Parker, Jacksonville University
Water Cures and Patient Care in Early Modern Tuscany
      Beth Petitjean, Saint Louis University

29. Close Readings in Art History
Chair: Stephen E. Gaddis
Organizer: Beth Mulvaney, Meredith College
The Missing Sides: Angevin Tombs in Trecento Naples
      Molly Hull, University of Syracuse, Florence
Gesture and Geography: Navigating the Terrain of Fra Angelico's Last Judgment
      Erin K. Grady, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Gentile Bellini's Cardinal Bessarion and Devotional Looking
      Beth Mulvaney
Lorenzo Lotto and the Poetry of Margins
      Mary Pardo, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
Size Matters: On Issues of Scale in Mystic Visions
      Andrea Boland, University of Nebraska, Lincoln

30. Renaissance Florence
Chair: Konrad Eisenbichler, Victoria College, University of Toronto
Niccolò Monachi: Trecento Chancellor of Florence, Businessman, and Paterfamilias
      Leah Faibisoff, University of Toronto
Lorenzo de' Medici, the Pazzi, and Florentine Inheritance Law
      Tom Kuehn, Clemson University
Fraternal Rivalries in Savonarolan Florence
      Lezlie Knox, Marquette University
Vincenzio Borghini and the Memorialization of Michelangelo
      Philip Gavitt, Saint Louis University

31. Perspectives in and on Medieval Spain
Chair: David Arbesú, University of South Florida
Mind Reading and Intentionality: Exploring the Cognitive Dimensions of El Conde Lucanor
      Daniela Radpay, University of Texas at Austin
Roncevaux Without the Revenge: Frankish Defeat in the Spanish Historiographical Tradition
      Anne Latowsky, University of South Florida
Kingship, Law, and Society in Late Medieval Castile
      David Cantor-Echols, University of Chicago

Literary Taste and the Aesthetics of Fragmentation in Early Modern Iberia
      Samuel Sanchez y Sanchez, Davidson College

32. Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim’s Thais
Director: Betty Ellzey, Shepherd University

33. Early Modern Drama: Image and Performance
Chair: Julienne Empric, Eckerd College
Shakespeare’s “Dark Backward” Farther Knowing in The Tempest
      Liam Purdon, Doane College
Sea Imagery as Embodiment of Existential Affect in Early Modern Drama
      Susan Rojas
“A Brief and Puzzling Performance”: What One Theatrical Moment at a 2016 Campaign Rally Can Tell Us About Early Modern Masques
      Eliza Fisher Laskowski, William Peace University

34. Problems of Canon and Common Law
Chair: Miriam Wallace, New College of Florida
Self-Baptism in the Middle Ages?
      Marcia L. Colish,Yale University
Leprosy, Exclusion, and Medieval Marriage Law
      Melodie H. Eichbauer, Florida Gulf Coast University
When Did Gender Matter? Principles and Legal Practice in English Culture, ca. 1300-1600
      Peter L. Larson, University of Central Florida

35. Literary Forms & Social Life
Chair: Daniel Murtaugh, Florida Atlantic University
Poetry in the Piazza: Friends and Rivals in the Tenzoni of Duecento Florence
      Elizabeth Coggeshall, Florida State University
Of Patrons and Paupers: Relations of Merits and Services and Picaresque Empires
      Matthew Goldmark, Florida State University
Hearing Echoes of the Voix prescheresse in Marie Dentière’s “Epistre tres utile”
      Merry E. Low, Florida State University

36. Lay Piety in Late Medieval & Early Modern Italy
Chair: Lezlie Knox, Marquette University
Visions and (Re)Visions: Imagery and Theology in Popular Urban Culture
      Alison Williams Lewin, Saint Joseph’s University
“To Restore Her House”: Class and Patronage at Santa Maria di Loreto, 1400–1450
      Bianca Lopez, Southern Methodist University
When the Truth of Christ is Wrong: Transcription Errors in a Sixteenth-Century Manuscript
      Konrad Eisenbichler, Victoria College, University of Toronto

37. David Davalos' Wittenberg
Director: Ann Basso, University of South Florida
     Narrator: Ann Basso
     Hamlet: Lagretta T. Lenker, University of South Florida
     Doctor Faustus: Sara Munson Deats, University of South Florida
     Martin Luther: Joyce Karpay, University of South Florida
     The Eternal Feminine: Lisa S. Starks, University of South Florida St. Petersburg

38. Marlowe and Renaissance Thought: Science, Theology, Mortality
Chair: Flora Zbar, University of South Florida
Organizer: Sara Munson Deats, University of South Florida
Marlowe and Copernican Theory
      David Bevington, University of Chicago
Marlowe and Renaissance Theology
      Sara Munson Deats, University of South Florida
Christopher Marlowe's Portrayals of Mortality and Death
      Robert Logan, University of Hartford

39. Language and Authority in Medieval and Renaissance French Literature
Chair: Jocelyn Van Tuyl, New College of Florida
Green Grass, Religious and Secular Metaphor, in the Chanson de Roland
      David S. King, Stockton University
Truth and Half-Truth in the Old French Lay of Tyolet
      Tamara Bentley Caudill, Jacksonville University

40. Sacred and Secular: Material Culture in Early Modern Germany and the Low Countries
Chair: Malena Carrasco, New College of Florida
Christian Erotics and the Conversion of Synagoga in Matthias Grünewald’s Isenheim Altarpiece
      Jerry Angelo Marino
Visual Precarity as Cautionary Tale: Jost Amman’s Allegory of Commerce
      Susan Wight Swanson, Central College
To Hazard a Drink: Chance and Early Modern Drinking Games
      Jessen Kelly, University of Utah

41. Knowledge and Authority in Renaissance Intellectual Culture
Chair: Elizabeth McCahill, University of Massachusetts, Boston
Language and the Humanist Tradition of Trecento and Quattrocento Italy
      Carlos Devin Fernandez, Florida State University
Natural History and Alchemical Art in the Hispanic Renaissance: An Anonymous Fifteenth-Century Manuscript
      Mariana Estela Sánchez Daza, Laboratoire ICT - Université Paris Diderot
Ancient Roman Colonial Coins in Renaissance Europe
      Damiano Acciarino, University of Toronto and Università Ca’ Foscari, Venice

42. Ovid and Marlowe
Chair: Ann Basso, University of South Florida
Organizer: Sara Munson Deats, University of South Florida
Marlovian Joan La Pucelle
      M.L. Stapleton, Purdue University
Ovidian Transformation and the Image of the Protean Male Jew in Marlowe’s The Jew of Malta
      Lisa S. Starks, University of South Florida St. Petersburg
Queer Pursuits: Ovidian Bodies and Influence in Marlowe’s Hero and Leander
      Daniel G. Lauby, University of South Florida St. Petersburg

43. The (Knight’s/Lady’s) New Clothes, or Who are You, Really?
Chair: Eleonora Stoppino, University of Illinois, Urbana–Champaign
Organizers: Leslie Zarker Morgan, Loyola University, Maryland, and Ana Grinberg, Auburn University
Male Humor in Feminine Dress: Crossdressing Men in Romance Epic Tradition
      Leslie Zarker Morgan
Saracens in Christian Garb: “Ethnic Passing” in Epic Romances
      Ana Grinberg

44. Polychromy in the Early Modern World: 1200–1700
Organizers and Chairs: Ilenia Colón Mendoza, University of Central Florida, and Lisandra Estevez,Winston-Salem State University

Complexion and Significance: The Human Image in Antique and Medieval Panel Paintings in the Mediterranean
      Esther Wipfler, Zentralinstitut für Kunstgeschichte, Munich
Color and Context: A Comparative Study of the Use (or “Abuse” or Absence) of Polychromy in
European Wooden Sculptures Preserved in the National Museum of Palazzo Venezia (Rome)
      Grazia Maria Fachechi, Università degli studi di Urbino Carlo Bo
Color Printing as Monochromy in Renaissance Chiaroscuro Woodcuts
      Ashley West, Temple University
Pigments vs. Colors: The Problem of Material Quality in Fifteenth-Century Catalan Panel Painting
      Cristina Morilla, Straus Center for Conservation and Technical Studies, Harvard Art Museums

45. Legitimizing Sovereignty in Medieval Italy
Chair: Joanna Drell, University of Richmond
Merging the Latin Element: Hagiography and Memory in Norman Southern Italy
      Kalina Yamboliev, University of California, Santa Barbara
The Legality of Tyranny: Communal Councils and Urban Signori in the Early Fourteenth Century
      Luca Foti, Washington University in Saint Louis
Female Rulership in Early Medieval Italy: The Pornocracy Revisited
Valerie Ramseyer, Wellesley College