Directory

SMFS OFFICERS

President (2016-2018): Liz Herbert McAvoy
Professor of Medieval English Literature
Swansea University, Wales
e.mcavoy@swansea.ac.uk
Research interests: medieval women’s literature, particularly from the 12th to the 15th centuries; medieval anchoritism and devotional texts; spaces of enclosure.
Recent publications: “‘O der lady, be my help’: Women’s Visionary Writing and the Devotional Literary Canon”, The Chaucer Review 51.1 (2016), Special Issue, Women’s Literary Culture and Late Medieval English Writing, ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy and Diane Watt: 68-87; “‘Flourish like a garden’: Pain, Purgatory and Salvation in the Writing of Medieval Religious Women”, Medieval Feminist Forum 50.1 (2014), Special Issue, The Medieval hortus conclusus: Revisiting the Pleasure Garden, ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy: 33-60.
Current projects: Principal Investigator on a two-year research project funded by the Leverhulme Trust entitled: “The Enclosed Garden: Pleasure, Contemplation and Cure in the hortus conclusus 1100-1450″; member of international research network funded by the Leverhulme Trust, Principal Investigator Diane Watt, ‘Women’s Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon.’
Vice President (2016-2018): Linda Mitchell
Martha Jane Phillips Starr / Missouri Distinguished Professor of Women’s and Gender Studies and Professor of History
University of Missouri-Kansas City
mitchellli@umkc.edu
Research interests: Medieval British Isles, esp. 1100-1500; Aristocratic women and families, esp. in the British Isles; Legal and administrative history in the Medieval British Isles; Feminist, Intersectional, and Postcolonial Theory.
Recent publication: completing a manuscript tentatively entitled The Life of Joan de Valence which will be published by Palgrave Macmillan.
Secretary (2016-2018): Dorothy Kim
Assistant Professor of English,
Vassar College
dokim@vassar.edu
Research interests: Early Middle English, 13th-century English religious devotion, Jewish/Christian relations
Recent publications: “Matthew Paris, Visual Exegesis, and Apocalyptic Birds in Royal MS. 14 C. VII” in the British Library Journal (Spring, 2014); “Female Readers, Passion Devotion, and the History of British Library MS Royal 17 A. xxvii” in Journal of the Early Book Society 15 (June, 2012), pp. 153-214.
Current projects: Dorothy Kim and Jesse Stommel eds. Disrupting the Digital Humanities (punctum books, forthcoming); Digital Archive Project: Project Co-Director, “An Interactive, Online Archive of Early Middle English” Funded by the NEH Scholarly Editions and Translations Grant; 2013-2015; Ancrene Wisse and the Jews (monograph in progress); Crusader Rhetoric and the Katherine Group (monograph in progress)
Treasurer & Membership Coordinator (2016-2018): Vickie Larsen
Associate Professor of English.
University of Michigan, Flint
vlarsen@umflint.edu
Research Interests: Editorial handling of Middle English literatures in early print.
Recent publications: “Constant inward looking: Medieval Devotional Literature, and the Concordium-Fruitlands Library” Studies in Medievalism 24 (2015): 75-88; “Hagiographic Ambition, Fabliau Humor, and Creature Comforts in The Book of Margery Kempe” in Exemplaria 25.4 (Winter 2013): 284-302;Julian of Norwich in the Fifteenth Century: The Material Record, Maternal Devotion, and London, Westminster Cathedral Treasury MS” Journal of the Early Book Society 14 (2011): 41-73.
MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM EDITOR
Wendy Hoofnagle
Past-President, SMFS (2011-2013)
Associate Professor of French
University of Northern Iowa
wendy.hoofnagle@uni.edu
Recent publications: The Continuity of the Conquest: Charlemagne and Anglo-Norman Imperialism (Penn state University Press, 2016); “Technology in the University and the Death of Socrates” in Literature Compass 9.12 (December 2012), pp. 1010-1015.
MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM MANAGING EDITOR
Chris Africa
Librarian, University of Iowa
chris-africa@uiowa.edu
MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM ASSOCIATE EDITORS
Jessica Boon
Assistant Professor of Religious Studies
University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill
jboon@email.unc.edu
Research interests: Medieval/Early Modern Christianity and late medieval/early modern Spain
Recent publication: The Mystical Science of the Soul: Medieval Cognition in Bernardino de Laredo’s Recollection Method. (Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 2012).
Jennifer Edwards
Associate Professor and Chair of History
Manhattan College
jennifer.edwards@manhattan.edu
Research interests: history of monasticism; the cult of the saints; women, gender, and power; medieval France; medicine, healing, and disease.
Recent publications: “My Sister for Abbess: Fifteenth-Century Power Disputes over the Abbey of Sainte-Croix, Poitiers,” Journal of Medieval History 40. 1 (2014), pp. 85-107; “‘Man Can be Subject to Woman’: Female Monastic Authority in Fifteenth-Century Poitiers” Gender & History 25.1 (2013), pp. 86-106.
Current projects: monographs on “Superior Women: Medieval Female Authority in Poitiers’ Abbey of Sainte-Croix” and “Holy Healing: Saints and Urban Leprosaria in the Middle Ages”
Amy Vines
Associate Professor of English
Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
anvines@uncg.edu
Research Interests; literature and culture of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England, with concentrations in women’s readership, textual studies, patronage, and medieval romance.
Recent Publications: Women’s Power in Late Medieval Romance. (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2011) ; “Fictions of Patronage: The Romance Heroine as Sponsor in John Metham’s Amoryus and CleopesJournal of the Early Book Society 13 (2010), pp. 139-168; “Lullaby as Lament: Learning to Mourn in Middle English Nativity Lyrics” in Laments for the Lost: Medieval Mourning and Elegy, Jane Tolmie and M. Jane Toswell, eds. (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2010), pp. 201-223.
BOOK REVIEW EDITORS, MEDIEVAL FEMINIST FORUM
Helene Scheck
Director, Medieval/Renaissance Studies Program
Department of English
The University at Albany
hscheck@albany.edu
Recent publications: “Reading Women at the Margins of Quedlinburg Codex 74” in Blanton, Virginia (ed. and introd.); Mara, Veronica (ed. and introd.); Stoop, Patricia (ed. and introd.); Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Hull Dialogue. (Turnhout: Brepols; 2013), pp. 7-18; “Nuns on Parade: Memorializing Women in Karolus Magnus et Leo Papa” in Cotter-Lynch, Margaret (ed. and introd.); Herzog, Brad (ed. and introd.); Glenn, Cheryl (preface); Reading Memory and Identity in the Texts of Medieval European Holy Women. (New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012), pp. 13-38
Melissa Ridley Elmes
Assistant Professor of English
Lindenwood University
MElmes@lindenwood.edu
Recent publications: “He Dreams of Dragons: Alchemical Imagery in the Medieval Dream Visions of King Arthur.” Arthuriana 27.1 (Spring 2017). 73-94; “Prdn me? Txt spk, Middle English, and Chaucer’s Pardoners Tale.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22.1 (Spring 2015). 75-85; “Episodic Arthur: Merlin, Camelot, and the Medieval Romance Tradition.” Television Medievalisms. Eds. Karolyn Kinane and Meriem Pages. (Jefferson: McFarland, 2015). 99-121.
SMFS ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Roberta Krueger, Founding Editor Representative (2015-2017)
Burgess Professor of French
Hamilton College
rkrueger@hamilton.edu
Research Interests: Old French courtly romance, medieval French women writers, and courtesy books and moral education from the 12th to the 15th centuries
Books: Women Readers and the Ideology of Gender in Old French Courtly Verse Romance (1993) and The Cambridge Companion to Medieval Romance (2000)

Jessica Barr (2016-2018)
Associate Professor of Comparative Literature
University of Massachusetts Amherst
jbarr@umass.edu
Research interests: Visionary writers; hagiography; dream vision poetry; women’s writing; theories of reading
Selected publications: “Modeling Holiness: Self-Fashioning and Sanctity in Late-Medieval English Mystical Literature,” in Sanctity and Literature: Interfaces of the Text and the Holy in Fourteenth- and Fifteenth-Century England, ed. Anke Bernau and Eva van Contzen (Manchester, UK: University of Manchester Press, 2015); “The Secret Chamber of Her Mind: Interpreting Inner Experience in the Vita of Beatrice of Nazareth,” Exemplaria 23.3 (2011): 219-41; Willing to Know God: Dreamers and Visionaries in the Later Middle Ages (Ohio State UP, 2010).
Melissa Ridley Elmes (2017-2019)
Assistant Professor of English
Lindenwood University
MElmes@lindenwood.edu
Research interests: Medieval British Isles, esp. 1100-1500; particularly violence, feasts and feasting, Arthuriana, outlaws, female friendship, and women’s literate practices
Recent publications: “He Dreams of Dragons: Alchemical Imagery in the Medieval Dream Visions of King Arthur.” Arthuriana 27.1 (Spring 2017). 73-94; “Prdn me? Txt spk, Middle English, and Chaucer’s Pardoners Tale.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 22.1 (Spring 2015). 75-85; “Episodic Arthur: Merlin, Camelot, and the Medieval Romance Tradition.” Television Medievalisms. Eds. Karolyn Kinane and Meriem Pages. (Jefferson: McFarland, 2015). 99-121.
Current projects: monographs on “Violence at the Feast in Medieval British Texts” and “Violence at Medieval Arthurian feasts”; edited collection, “Melusine’s Footprint: Tracing the Legacy of a Medieval Myth” (with Misty Urban and Deva Kemmis, due from Brill Publishing in November 2017); edited collection on food and feasting in premodern outlaw tales
Erin L. Jordan (2017-2019)
Associate Professor
Old Dominion University
ejordan@odu.edu
Research interests: Gender, monasticism, political culture, environmental history; Central Middle Ages, Low Countries/Northern France, Latin East
Recent publications: “Hostage, Sister, Abbess: The Edgy Life of Iveta of Jerusalem,” forthcoming, Medieval Prosopography; “Roving Nuns and Cistercian Realities: The Cloistering of Religious Women in the Thirteenth Century,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, 42:3 (2012), 597-614, “Gender Concerns: Monks, Nuns and Patronage of the Cistercian Order in Thirteenth-Century Flanders and Hainaut,” Speculum, 87:1 (2012), 62-94, and “The Women of Antioch: Gender, Power and Political Culture in the Latin East” (in progress).
Roberta Magnani (2017-2019)
r.magnani@swansea.ac.uk
Laura Saetveit-Miles (2015-2017)
Associate Professor of Foreign Languages
University of Bergen
Laura.Miles@uib.no
Recent Publications: “The Origins and Development of Mary’s Book at the Annunciation,” Speculum 89/3, 632-669; “Looking in the Past for a Discourse of Motherhood: Birgitta of Sweden and Julia Kristeva,”Medieval Feminist Forum, Volume 47.1, 52-76. “Richard Methley and the Translation of Vernacular Religious Writing into Latin” in After Arundel: Religious Writing in Fifteenth Century England, ed. by Vincent Gillespie and Kantik Ghosh (Turnhout: Brepols), pp. 449-466.
Anneliese Pollock Renck (2017-2019)
Samantha Katz Seal (2017-2019)
Assistant Professor, University of New Hampshire
Samantha.seal@unh.edu
Research interests: Chaucer, Middle English literature, Gender, Reproduction, Medieval Bodies, Judaism, Disability Studies
Recent Publications: Reading Like a Jew: The Physicians Tale and the Letter of the Law, The Chaucer Review 52.3, forthcoming July 2017; The Canon Yeomans Tale: Invention, Discovery, Problem-Solving, and Innovation, The Open Access Companion to The Canterbury Tales, forthcoming August 2017; Pregnant Desire: Eyes and Appetites in The Merchants Tale, The Chaucer Review 48.3 (January 2014), 284-306.; Miraculous History: Fictions of Text and Body in a Ritual Murder Trial, Religion & Literature 44.1 (Spring, 2012)
Current Projects: Monograph, “Father Chaucer: Generating Authority in The Canterbury Tales”
Leah Schwebel (2015-2017)
Assistant professor of English
Texas State University
leah.schwebel@uconn.edu
Research interests: Chaucer, Dante, Boccaccio, Petrarch, Roman poetry, intertextuality and allusion, vernacularity, and authorship.
Recent publications: “Redressing Griselda: Restoration through Translation in the Clerk’s Tale,” Chaucer Review 47 (January 2013): 274-299; “Simile Lordura, Altra Bolgia: Authorial Conflation in Inferno XXVI,” Dante Studies 130 (2012): 47-65.
Current projects: “The Legend of Thebes and Literary Patricide in Chaucer, Boccaccio, and Statius,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 36 (forthcoming 2014); “Allusive Remodeling in the Legend of Lucrece,” Chaucer and the Italian Renaissance, Helen Fulton, ed. (Cardiff: University of Wales Press, forthcoming 2014).
Nicole Nolan Sidhu (2017-2019)
Associate Professor of English
East Carolina University
SIDHUN@ecu.edu
Recent Publications: Indecent Exposure: Gender, Politics and Obscene Comedy in Middle English Literature (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2016)
Amy Vines (2015-2017)
Associate Professor of English
Director of Undergraduate Studies
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
anvines@uncg.edu
Research Interests; literature and culture of fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England, with concentrations in women’s readership, textual studies, patronage, and medieval romance.
Recent Publications: Women’s Power in Late Medieval Romance. (Cambridge: D.S. Brewer, 2011) ; “Fictions of Patronage: The Romance Heroine as Sponsor in John Metham’s Amoryus and CleopesJournal of the Early Book Society 13 (2010), pp. 139-168; “Lullaby as Lament: Learning to Mourn in Middle English Nativity Lyrics.” inĀ Laments for the Lost: Medieval Mourning and Elegy, Jane Tolmie and M. Jane Toswell, eds. (Turnhout, Belgium: Brepols, 2010), pp. 201-223.
GRADUATE STUDENT ADVISORY BOARD MEMBERS
Marjorie Housley (2017-2019)
Dissertation: “Gender, Emotion, and Erotics in Anglo-Saxon, Celtic, and Norse Heroic Literature”
Research Interests: early medieval vernacular literature; queer theory; affect theory; history of the emotions.
Forthcoming Publications:The Noble Way You Blushed: Queering Mourning Verse in the Ulster Cycle, in Knowing Sorrow: Grief, Gender, and Identity in the Middle Ages, ed. Lee Templeton (Leiden: Brill).
Jessica Ward (2016-2018)
PhD Candidate in English
University of North Carolina – Greensboro
Jdward2@uncg.edu
Research interests: Medieval literature and culture,with special interest in ethics, theology, law, and gender.
Dissertation: Penitentials to Poetry: The Literary Critique of Avarice inFourteenth-Century England that explores how major Middle English vernacular authors of the late fourteenth century William Langland, John Gower, and Geoffrey Chaucer draw on penitential discourses to give avarice, an abstract vice, literary form.
Jennifer Freeman (2015-2017)
PhD Candidate in Religious Studies
Vanderbilt University
Dissertation: “Erasing God: Carolingians, Controversy, and the Ashburnham Pentateuch”