Medieval Mississippians, ed. Timothy Pauketat (with Susan A. Alt, Indiana Univ) (SAR Press, 2015).
Medieval Mississippians, the eighth volume in the award-winning Popular Archaeology Series, introduces a key historical period in pre-Columbian eastern North America—the “Mississippian” era—via a series of colorful chapters on places, practices, and peoples written from Native American and non-Native perspectives on the past. The volume lays out the basic contours of the early centuries of this era (AD 1000–1300) in the Mississippian heartland, making connections to later centuries and contemporary peoples. Cahokia the place and Cahokian social history undergird the book, but Mississippian material culture, landscapes, and descendants are highlighted, presenting a balanced view of the Mississippian world.
Andrea Stevens, Inventions of the Skin: The Painted Body in Early English Drama 1400- 1642 (Edinburgh Univ. Press, 2013).
Inventions of the Skin illuminates a history of the stage technology of paint that extends backward to the 1460s York cycle and forward to the 1630s. Organized as a series of studies, the four chapters of this book examine goldface and divinity in York's Corpus Christi play, with special attention to the pageant representing The Transfiguration of Christ; bloodiness in Elizabethan and Jacobean drama, specifically blood's unexpected role as a device for disguise in plays such as Look About You (anon.) and Shakespeare's Coriolanus; racial masquerade within seventeenth-century court performances and popular plays, from Ben Jonson's Masque of Blackness to William Berkeley's The Lost Lady; and finally whiteface, death, and "stoniness" in Thomas Middleton's The Second Maiden’s Tragedy and Shakespeare's The Winter’s Tale. Recovering a crucial grammar of theatrical representation, this book argues that the onstage embodiment of characters—not just the words written for them to speak—forms an important and overlooked aspect of stage representation.
Ritual and Religion in Flavian Epic, ed. Antony Augoustakis (Oxford Univ. Press, 2013).
This edited collection addresses the role of ritual representations and religion in the epic poems of the Flavian period (69-96 CE): Valerius Flaccus' Argonautica, Silius Italicus' Punica, Statius' Thebaid, and the unfinished Achilleid. Drawing on various modern studies on religion and ritual, and the relationship between literature and religion in the Greco-Roman world, it explores how we can interpret the poets' use of the relationship between gods and humans, cults and rituals, religious activities, and the role of the seer / prophet and his identification with poetry.
Divided into three major sections, the volume includes essays on the most important religious activities (prophecy or augury, prayers and hymns) and the relationship between religion and political power under the Flavian emperors. It also addresses specific episodes in Flavian epic which focus on religious activities associated with the dead and the Underworld, such as purification, necromancy, katabasis, suicide, and burial. It finally explores the role of gender in ritual and religion.
Valerie J. Hoffman, Essentials of Ibadi Islam (Syracuse Univ. Press, 2013).
"Ibadi Islam played a pivotal role in the history of Islamic thought and practice, and continues to be an influential force in the contemporary Middle East and Africa. This book is of real importance to the study of Islam and religions in general."—Brannon Wheeler, author of Mecca and Eden: Ritual, Relics, and Territory in Islam
Translating the Middle Ages, ed. Karen Fresco and Charles D. Wright (Ashgate, 2012).
Drawing on approaches from literary studies, history, linguistics, and art history, and ranging from Late Antiquity to the sixteenth century, this collection views 'translation' broadly as the adaptation and transmission of cultural inheritance. The essays explore translation in a variety of sources from manuscript to print culture and the creation of lexical databases. Several essays look at the practice of textual translation across languages, including the vernacularization of Latin literature in England, France, and Italy; the translation of Greek and Hebrew scientific terms into Arabic; and the use of Hebrew terms in anti-Jewish and anti-Muslim polemics. Other essays examine medieval translators' views and performance of translation, looking at Lydgate's translation of Greek myths through mental images rendered through rhetorical figures or at how printing transformed the rhetoric of intervernacular translation of chivalric romances. This collection also demonstrates translation as a key element in the construction of cultural and political identity in the Fet des Romains and Chester Whitsun Plays, and in the papacy's efforts to compete with Byzantium by controlling the translation of Greek writings.
A Handbook of Anglo-Saxon Studies, ed. Jacqueline Stodnick and Renée Trilling (Wiley, 2012).
“Neither Modern Critical Theory nor Anglo-Saxon Studies is past its ‘best before’ date. The contributions to this book combine authoritative knowledge of many aspects of Anglo-Saxon culture with a diversity of interpretative perspectives. Meticulous analysis of the material within a framework of concentrated, reflective approaches continues to generate stimulating new insights and appreciation.”—John Hines, Cardiff University
Areli Marina, The Italian Piazza Transformed: Parma in the Communal Age (Penn State Univ. Press, 2012).
"There is no doubt that this is a significant contribution to the field . . . an exemplary presentation of extremely complex historical processes. The scholarship is formidable."
--Charles Burroughs, Case Western Reserve University
Eleonora Stoppino, Genealogies of Fiction: Women Warriors and the Dynastic Imagination in the "Orlando furioso" (Fordham Univ. Press, 2011).
Tracing the formation of the character of the warrior woman, from the amazon to Bradamante, the book analyzes the process of gender construction in early modern Italy. By reading the tension between the representations of women as fighters, lovers, and mothers, this study shows how the warrior woman is a symbolic center for the construction of legitimacy in the complex web of fears and expectations of the Northern Italian Renaissance court.
From handwritten texts to online books, the page has been a standard interface for transmitting knowledge for over two millennia. It is also a dynamic device, readily transformed to suit the needs of contemporary readers. In How the Page Matters, Bonnie Mak explores how changing technology has affected the reception of visual and written information.
Mak examines the fifteenth-century Latin text Controversia de nobilitate in three forms: as a manuscript, a printed work, and a digital edition. Transcending boundaries of time and language, How the Page Matters connects technology with tradition using innovative new media theories. While historicizing contemporary digital culture and asking how on-screen combinations of image and text affect the way conveyed information is understood, Mak's elegant analysis proves both the timeliness of studying interface design and the persistence of the page as a communication mechanism.
C. Stephen Jaeger, Enchantment: On Charisma and the Sublime in the Arts of the West (Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 2012).
"C. Stephen Jaeger's magnificent, generous, and wide-ranging study has at its heart all that which is life-affirming. At every turn we encounter vigorous, eloquent, and intellectually consistent challenges to the division of art and experience. Readers in and between many disciplines will find this deeply perceptive account of the magical workings of enchantment, charisma, and the sublime in texts, images and bodies, empowering and uplifting. It cannot fail to influence the next generation of thought about the arts and media more generally."--Paul Binski, University of Cambridge
The following collections and special issues of journals derive from conferences and symposia sponsored by the Program and edited by Program faculty:
Collections in Context: The Organization of Knowledge and Community in Europe, ed. Karen Fresco and Anne D. Hedeman (Ohio State Univ. Press, 2010).
Includes fourteen essays drawn from a Medieval Studies conference at the University of Illinois and features contributions from seven UIUC scholars, including editors Karen Fresco (French) and Anne D. Hedeman (Art History, retired) as well as Paula Carns (University Library), Erin Donovan (Art History), Marcus Keller (French), Eleonora Stoppino (Italian, Spanish & Portuguese), and Carol Symes (History).
Additional publications and projects issuing in part from Medieval Studies sponsored or co-sponsored symposia and workshops at UIUC:
Virtual Vellum: Toward Enhanced Understanding of Virtual Manuscripts, National Science Foundation Project, Co-PI Anne D. Hedeman, with Peter Bajcsy (NCSA) and Kevin Franklin (I-CHASS); a related NSF project, Digging into Image Data to Answer Authorship-Related Questions, includes a project on Fifteenth-Century French Manuscripts, Co-PIs Karen Fresco and Anne D. Hedeman.
Program faculty also edit or co-edit four major international Medieval Studies journals: