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Philosophical Romance: Figures Of Venus In “The Knight's Tale”, Caleb Molstad 2016 Medieval Institute

Philosophical Romance: Figures Of Venus In “The Knight's Tale”, Caleb Molstad

The Hilltop Review

This essay examines Chaucer's use of the Roman goddess Venus in “The Knight's Tale.” It looks at the astrological, mythological, and allegorical meanings that he gives to the figure of Venus in the poem. The essay also considers imaginative techniques, including ekphrasis and allegory, that Chaucer uses to express philosophical ideas within a chivalric romance. Ultimately, it argues that Chaucer uses Venus in “The Knight's Tale” to imaginatively unfold the Boethian idea that love governs the world.


Unconfessing Transgender: Dysphoric Youths And The Medicalization Of Madness In John Gower’S “Tale Of Iphis And Ianthe”, M W. Bychowski 2016 The George Washington University

Unconfessing Transgender: Dysphoric Youths And The Medicalization Of Madness In John Gower’S “Tale Of Iphis And Ianthe”, M W. Bychowski

Accessus

On the brink of the twenty-first century, Judith Butler argues in “Undiagnosing Gender” that the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM) defines the psychiatric condition of “Gender Identity Disorder” (or “Gender Dysphoria”) in ways that control biological diversity and construct “transgender” as a marginalized identity. By turning the study of gender away from vulnerable individuals and towards the broader systems of power, Butler works to liberate bodies from the medical mechanisms managing difference and precluding potentially disruptive innovations in forms of life and embodiment by creating categories of gender and disability.

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Reflection, Interrupted: Material Mirror Work In The Confessio Amantis, Jenny Boyar 2016 University of Rochester

Reflection, Interrupted: Material Mirror Work In The Confessio Amantis, Jenny Boyar

Accessus

The Confessio Amantis concludes with a revelatory scene in which Venus holds up a mirror to Amans, allowing him to recognize John Gower the poet— a moment that is often read as a mimetic and healing counterpoint to the Confessio’s sickness and self-questioning. My intention in this paper is to very slightly modify certain aspects of this narrative, to consider how the materiality of the mirror can inform its metaphoric deployments in the Confessio. I organize my discussion around two seemingly contrasting moments in the poem in which the self is seen and in different ways recognized through a ...


Foreword, Georgiana Donavin, Eve Salisbury 2016 bepress (DC Admins)

Foreword, Georgiana Donavin, Eve Salisbury

Accessus

In this Foreword, the editors summarize the articles published in Accessus 3.1 and offer conclusions about their importance for Gower Studies and contemporary medical practice.


Sanctuary Burning: The St. Brice's Day Massacre And The Danes In England Under Aethelred The Unready, Erica Thomas 2016 University of Puget Sound

Sanctuary Burning: The St. Brice's Day Massacre And The Danes In England Under Aethelred The Unready, Erica Thomas

History Theses

An examination of the St. Brice's Day Massacre in conjunction with the chronicles, archaeological evidence, legal implications and ethnic identities related to the English-Danish conflict. This paper argues that examinations of the Massacre have been extremely limited in the past, and the full range of evidence must be consulted in order to uncover the full historical context and significance of this event.


51st International Congress On Medieval Studies, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University 2016 Western Michigan University

51st International Congress On Medieval Studies, Medieval Institute, Western Michigan University

International Congress on Medieval Studies Archive

The printed program of the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 12-15, 2016), including the Corrigenda.


Memory And Remembering: Sacred History And The York Plays, Clifford Davidson 2016 Western Michigan University

Memory And Remembering: Sacred History And The York Plays, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

Against a background which included revolutionary changes in religious belief, extensive enlargement of dramatic styles and the technological innovation of printing, this collection of essays about biblical drama offers innovative approaches to text and performance, while reviewing some well-established critical issues. The Bible in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries appears in a complex of roles in relation to the drama: as an authority and centre of belief, a place of controversy, an emotional experience and, at times, a weapon. This collection brings into focus the new biblical learning, including the re-editing of biblical texts, as well as classical influences, and ...


Flawed Knighthood And Kingship In The Medieval Literary Tradition, Leta Bressin 2016 Longwood University

Flawed Knighthood And Kingship In The Medieval Literary Tradition, Leta Bressin

Theses, Dissertations & Honors Papers

Throughout the corpus of medieval literature, especially fourteenth-century romance, chivalry plays a significant role as a social construct for gauging both successful and disastrous kingship. For kings like Henry II, Richard I, Edward III, Richard II, Henry IV, and Edward IV, the literature of the time offers insights on the difficulties of chivalry and kingship in representation and practice. Production of vernacular chivalric romance literature evolved considerably in the thirteenth and fourteenth-centuries in England. Geoffrey Chaucer’s fourteenth-century Knight’s Tale, and the anonymous Stanzaic Morte Arthur and Alliterative Morte Arthure offer a stinging critique of chivalry potentially aimed at ...


Logotherapy And The Logical Trilemma, Kristin A. Rawlings 2016 Lake Forest College

Logotherapy And The Logical Trilemma, Kristin A. Rawlings

Lake Forest Papers

No abstract provided.


Kings, Wars, And Duck Eggs: Interpretations Of Poetry In Egil’S Saga, James C. Daughton 2016 University of Virginia

Kings, Wars, And Duck Eggs: Interpretations Of Poetry In Egil’S Saga, James C. Daughton

MAD-RUSH Undergraduate Research Conference

This paper examines the function and cultural implications of poetry in Egil’s Saga, an Icelandic saga written around the thirteenth century A.D. The title character, Egil Skallagrimson, is a renowned warrior and obstinate maverick, but perhaps his most singular trait is his gift for crafting poetry—a talent reflected in the nearly sixty sets of his verse that appear throughout the prose text. Obviously, these poems allow the reader to tap into Egil’s psyche, but they also fulfill the more profound purpose of illuminating the values and experiences of medieval Icelanders. Egil eternalizes the heritage he shares ...


The Dream Vision From The Song Of Songs By Jerome, Jane Beal PhD 2016 University of California, Davis

The Dream Vision From The Song Of Songs By Jerome, Jane Beal Phd

Transference

Translated from the Latin by Jane Beal.


Excerpt From A Pilgrimage To Sumiyoshi By Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Kendra D. Strand 2016 University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Excerpt From A Pilgrimage To Sumiyoshi By Ashikaga Yoshiakira, Kendra D. Strand

Transference

Translated from the Japanese by Kendra Strand.


Getting The Picture: Engaging Student Learning Using Pinterest, Jo Koster 2016 Winthrop University

Getting The Picture: Engaging Student Learning Using Pinterest, Jo Koster

Winthrop Conference on Teaching and Learning

In a digital environment, teachers and students have access to a wide variety of material that can be used to create discussion, spark inquiry, and prompt critical thinking. One of the social media tools that can be used for this is Pinterest, a free online visual discovery, collection, sharing, and storage tool that allows users to curate and share information through the creation of visual bookmarks called “boards.” Users can “pin” material to their boards either by linking to other online sites or by uploading materials of their own; boards can be grouped by similar characteristics, themes, events, questions, ideas ...


Soler, Abel. El Corsari Jaume De Vilaragut I La Donzella Carmesina. El Cavaller Que Inspirà El “Tirant Lo Blanc.” València: Edicions Alfons El Magnànim (“Estudis Universitaris,” Núm. 133), 2014. 2 Vols., Enric Mallorqui-Ruscalleda 2016 California State University - Fullerton

Soler, Abel. El Corsari Jaume De Vilaragut I La Donzella Carmesina. El Cavaller Que Inspirà El “Tirant Lo Blanc.” València: Edicions Alfons El Magnànim (“Estudis Universitaris,” Núm. 133), 2014. 2 Vols., Enric Mallorqui-Ruscalleda

Dissidences

No abstract provided.


Idleness Working: The Discourse Of Love's Labor From Ovid Through Chaucer And Gower, Gregory Sadlek 2016 Cleveland State University

Idleness Working: The Discourse Of Love's Labor From Ovid Through Chaucer And Gower, Gregory Sadlek

Gregory M Sadlek

Inspired by the critical theories of M. M. Bakhtin, Idleness Working is a groundbreaking study of key works in the Western literature of love from Classical Rome to the late Middle Ages. The study focuses on the evolution of the ideologically-saturated discourse of love's labor contained in these works and thus explores them in the context of ancient and medieval theories of labor and leisure, which themselves are seen to evolve through the course of Western history. What emerges from this study is a fresh appreciation and deepened understanding of such well-known classics of love literature as Ovid's ...


Killing The Rotten Citric Lump: A Somatic Reading Of The Death Of Shahrazād’S Hunchback, Erin S. Lynch 2016 Western Michigan University

Killing The Rotten Citric Lump: A Somatic Reading Of The Death Of Shahrazād’S Hunchback, Erin S. Lynch

The Hilltop Review

Throughout the narrative of the Hunchback’s Tale within the Thousand and One Nights, the hunchback is always at the center of the action, yet with the exception of the first time he is “killed,” he is never written as the reader’s focus, except in instances of violence performed against the hunchback’s body. The reader’s gaze is constantly drawn to the killer, rather than the victim, and led to laugh at or empathize with the killers of the hunchbacked corpse, rather than the deformed, ever-abused body. Neither the champion nor the foil, the body of the hunchback ...


‘As Trainers For The Healthy’: Physical Therapists, Anointers, And Healing In The Late Latin West, Sarah E. Bond 2015 University of Iowa

‘As Trainers For The Healthy’: Physical Therapists, Anointers, And Healing In The Late Latin West, Sarah E. Bond

Department of Classics Publications

This article asserts that cultural distinctions in the use of oil and the esteem of athletics initially allowed for a higher status for massage therapists, athletic trainers, and anointers in Greek as opposed to Roman culture. Over the course of the Empire, however, these dissimilarities waned due to cultural, medical, and—ultimately—religious shifts. These professionals are, in a sense, trace elements that allow us to track transformation in attitudes towards the body and the power of touch to heal from the high Empire into Late Antiquity. They also allow us to discern the implications of the Church’s claim ...


Characters Through Time, Alyssa Venezia 2015 Loyola Marymount University

Characters Through Time, Alyssa Venezia

Honors Thesis

T. S. Eliot once wrote that we “often find that not only the best, but the most individual parts of [an author’s] work may be those in which the dead poets, his ancestors, assert their immortality most vigorously” (Eliot 37). By focusing on character adaptations, one comes to understand how authors of children’s books are able to adapt classic literature into age-appropriate texts that retain the merits of the original. Five sets of characters shall be analyzed to demonstrate the success of the adaptations presented in children’s literature. In the first, Sir Bedivere from Sir Thomas Malory ...


Timon Of Athens: The Iconography Of False Friendship, Clifford Davidson 2015 Western Michigan University

Timon Of Athens: The Iconography Of False Friendship, Clifford Davidson

Clifford Davidson

The realization that iconographic tableaux appear at central points in the drama of Shakespeare no longer seems to involve a radical critical perspective. Thus a recent study is able to show convincingly that the playwright presented audiences with a Hamlet who upon his first appearance on stage illustrated what the Renaissance would certainly have recognized as the melancholic contemplative personality. As I have noted in a previous article, the hero of Macbeth when he sees the bloody dagger before him is in fact perceiving the image which most clearly denotes tragedy itself; in the emblem books, the dagger is indeed ...


York Art: A Subject List Of Extant And Lost Art, Clifford Davidson, David O'Connor 2015 Selected Works

York Art: A Subject List Of Extant And Lost Art, Clifford Davidson, David O'Connor

Clifford Davidson

A list, classified by subject, of extant and lost art from pre-Reformation York originally compiled by Clifford Davidson and David E. O'Connor in 1978 and updated by Clifford Davidson, apparently in 2003. This digital reprint was created in 2014 for ScholarWorks at WMU.


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