Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (SMART)


Spring 2024 (Volume 31, Issue 1)

In this next issue of SMART, Eileen M. Harney shares her expertise in teaching many upper-division and cross-listed English classes in which the Lucretia legend is used as a case study to adapt popular but thematically complicated legends. Stephanie L. Coker addresses teaching Joan of Arc outside the traditional classroom, sharing her experiences abroad, online during the pandemic, and in French film festivals. E Mariah Spencer provides the groundwork for teaching Beowulf to an increasing number of diverse students who encounter the text and its numerous translations, interpretations, and adaptations, and engaging them in comparative readings. Sherif Abdelkarim examines the state of Chaucer studies as a point of departure for thinking about studying premodern literature in comparative and international contexts, reporting on the experiences of scholars who have taught Chaucer in Egypt and presenting active learning methods that readers today might employ to revive the premodern text. Finally, through the Grail quest and the Arthurian legend, Ann Mcculough shares her response to students who feel that medieval texts are remote and do not have a place in their overall education, showing them that such texts can be quite impactful and an asset to their learning. The issue is rounded out by many book reviews.

EILEEN M. HARNEY Mapping Tragedy, Questioning Choices: Teaching the Legend of Lucretia

STEPHANIE L. COKER Joan of Arc as an Archetype: Teaching the Maid Abroad, Online, and in Film Festivals

E MARIAH SPENCER Grendel’s Mother: Considering Sex and Female Monstrosity in Beowulf

SHERIF ABDELKARIM Chaucer Unlimited, or Reading Chaucer Elsewhere

ANN MCCULLOUGH Teaching the Grail, or How to Speak about the Unspeakable

JENNY REBECCA RYTTING Book Review: Women Intellectuals and Leaders in the Middle Ages, edited by Kathryn Kerby-Fulton, Katie Ann-Marie Bugyis, and John Van Engen

CHRIS CRAUN Book Review: The Saxon War, by Bruno of Merseburg, translated by Bernard S. Bachrach and David S. Bachrach

RICHARD UTZ Book Review: Medievalism in Nineteenth-Century Belgium: The 1848 Monument to Godfrey of Bouillon, by Simon John

ROY HAMMERLING Book Review: A Cultural History of the Sword: Power, Piety, and Play, by Robert W. Jones

COREY J. ZWIKSTRA Book Review: Performance in Beowulf and Other Old English Poems, by Steven J. A. Breeze

WILLIAM J. COLLINGE Book Review: Saint Thomas Aquinas: Volume 1: The Person and His Work, by Jean-Pierre Torrell, O.P., translated by Matthew K. Minerd and Robert Royal

MICHAEL CALABRESE Book Review: Literary Variety and the Writing of History in Britain’s Long Twelfth Century, by Jacqueline M. Burek

THOMAS CROFTS Book Review: Charlemagne in the Norse and Celtic Worlds, edited by Helen Fulton and Sif Rikhardsdottir

Fall 2024 (Volume 31, Issue 2)

Collection on teaching Hoccleve in progress.


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