Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART)


Fall 2019 (Volume 26, Issue 2)

As can be seen below, this second issue of 2019 features six individual articles on a variety of pedagogical topics relating to medieval and Renaissance studies. Cara Hersh begins with an exercise she uses when teaching Chaucer’s Prioress’s Tale and the role that disgust plays in the power dynamics and violence of such texts, compelling students to assess their own participation in ideologies of hate. Next, Lisa Marciano uses Aristotle as an aid to tackling tough questions in teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy. Dean Swinford continues with using illustration to interpret Dante’s Inferno. Christian Sheridan points out the use of anachronism and authenticity to teach Robin Hood. John S. Garrison and Caryn McKechnie employ the concept of heterotopia to teach early modern drama using Hamlet as a case study. Finally, Robert E. Bjork describes how he changed his strategy in marketing and teaching Old Norse using Jesse Byock’s text Viking Language 1.

Also included in this issue, of course, are numerous long-overdue reviews of well-deserving books that might be of interest to teachers and students of medieval and Renaissance Studies.


CARA HERSH Spitting Images: Embodying Theories of Disgust in The Prioress’s Tale

LISA MARCIANO Teaching Dante’s Divine Comedy: Tackling Tough Questions, Aided by Aristotle

DEAN SWINFORD Illustration as Interpretation in Dante’s Inferno

CHRISTIAN SHERIDAN “Have you ever heard of Robin Longstride?”: Anachronism, Authenticity, and Teaching Robin Hood

JOHN S. GARRISON and CARYN MCKECHNIE Using the Concept of Heterotopia to Teach Early Modern Drama: Hamlet as Case Study

ROBERT E. BJORK Unsaturated Ethers, Modern Icelandic, and Jesse Byock’s Viking Language 1


E. L. RISDEN Book Review: Honour, Exchange and Violence in Beowulf, by Peter S. Baker

GAYWYN MOORE Book Review: The Cambridge Companion to Thomas More, edited by George M. Logan

TRAVIS W. JOHNSON Book Review: Cultural Difference and Material Culture in Middle English Romance: Normans and Saxons, by Dominique Battles

YVONNE BRUCE Book Review: Shakespeare as Literary Dramatist, by Lukas Erne

LESLEY A. COOTE Book Review: The Medieval Filmscape: Reflections of Fear and Desire in a Cinematic Mirror, by William F. Woods

KERI BEHRE Book Review: The Cambridge Companion to Medieval English Culture, edited by Andrew Galloway

MARY LYNN PIERCE Book Review: Elizabeth I’s Use of Virginity to Enhance Her Sovereignty: Managing the Image of a Sixteenth-Century Queen, by Susan Kendrick

MARY OLSON Book Review: Printing the Middle Ages, by Siân Echard

ROBERT GRAYBILL Book Review: Food, Eating and Identity in Early Medieval England, by Allen J. Frantzen

CARLOS HAWLEY Book Review: The Poetics of Piracy: Emulating Spain in English Literature, by Barbara Fuchs

ROY HAMMERLING Book Reviews: The Allegory of Love: A Study in Medieval Tradition, by C. S. Lewis, and Spenser’s Images of Life, by C. S. Lewis with Alastair Fowler

CHRISTINA FRANCIS Book Review: The Heart and Stomach of a King: Elizabeth I and the Politics of Sex and Power, by Carole Levin

STEPHEN M. WAGNER Book Review: Tapestry in the Renaissance: Art and Magnificence, by Thomas P. Campbell et al.

CHRIS CRAUN Book Review: Violence and Belief in Late Antiquity: Militant Devotion in Christianity and Islam, by Thomas Sizgorich

COREY J. ZWIKSTRA Book Review: The Old English Martyrology: Edition, Translation and Commentary, edited with a translation by Christine Rauer

JAY RUUD Book Review: Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, edited by Peter W. Travis and Frank Grady

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