115th Annual Conference - Honolulu, Hawaii
Friday, November 10 - Sunday, November 12, 2017

Middle English Literature, Including Chaucer

Session Chair: 
Peter Nicholson, University of Hawai`i at Manoa
Session 9: Sunday 8:15 – 9:45 am
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  1. Simone Celine Marshall, University of Otago
    My research investigates whether it may be too simplistic to state that an edition of Chaucer is either in Middle English or in Modern English. It seems to me that in some 18th and 19th century editions, some editors knowingly used elements of both languages.  
  2. Arpi Movsesian, University of California, Santa Barbara
    The tension between body and soul is at the root of much of the poetry written after the decline of fin'amor, until the ideas of the troubadour ethos slowly reappear in Chaucer. Chaucer satirizes the sublimated, desexualized, and "courtly love" in the Miller, while also mocking "auctoritee" in The Wife of Bath. 
  3. Derrick E Higginbotham, University of Hawai'i, Manoa
    This paper argues that the York cycle’s “Abraham and Isaac” queers Isaac through his resistance to reproduction via marriage and thus to the future.  Focusing on the politics of representation, I demonstrate that this play requires an historicism of the evanescent embedded in the phenomenology of theatrical performance.
  4. Jessica Zisa, University of California, Santa Barbara
    As Julian of Norwich relates and interpreted her visions, her ocular experiences are enclosed in language that allows her rhetorical mobility. This paper will address the affective knowledge accrued through Julian’s sense of sight, which allows Julian’s own formation of self to take shape in A Revelation of Love without dangerous interpretation.   
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