Re-Making the Classical: Appropriation and Transformation

Image courtesy of The Web Gallery of Art

17-18 February 2012
Northern Illinois University


Friday, 17 February 2012

12:00-2:00 Registration


Session 1
Canids in Crisis:  Dog Saints and Fox Sinners in Medieval English and French Texts
Chair: Andrew Higl, Winona State University

“‘In his heart he believed in God, but he could not speak like a man’:  Martyrdom, speech, and the dog-headed Saint Christopher”
Susan Kim
Illinois State University

“Outfoxed: Comic Cruelty in the Roman de Renard
Rebecca Saunders
Illinois State University

“The Sin Eater: Confession and Indigestion in the Romance of Renard
Elizabeth Dolly Weber
University of Illinois at Chicago

Session 2:
Brooches, Buttresses, and Byzantines
Chair: Ann Van Dijk, Northern Illinois University

“Monstrous Transformations: Germanic Animal Art and the Creation of Fluid Identities in Early Medieval Europe”
Heather Flowers
University of Minnesota

“When the Anticlassical becomes Classical:  The Case of the Flying Buttresses at Sainte-Madeleine, Montargis”
Maile S. Hutterer
Western Illinois University

“The Arm of St George: Asserting the Venetian Byzantine Identity”
Anatole Upart
University of Illinois-Chicago

“From the Fayum to Constantinople: the Role of Mummy Portraits in the Development of Byzantine Icons”
Morgan Lemmer-Weber
Northern Illinois University

3:30-4:00 Coffee

4:00-5:00 Plenary: Dale Kinney, “The Past as Property”

5:00-6:00 Reception

Saturday, 18 February 2012

Registration and continental breakfast 8:00-9:00


Session 3
Classical Sources for Early Modern Spanish Literature

“‘Cató por agüero’: The Evolving Function of Augury in the Cidian Tradition”
Alexander J. McNair
University of Wisconsin-Parkside

“Rewriting Longus: 16th-c. Western Europe Reads (and Translates) Daphnis and Chloe.”
Mary Cozad
Northern Illinois University

“Hernando de Talavera and the Classical Tradition: Between Renaissance and Reform”
Mark Johnston
De Paul University

“Christianization and Castilianization of the Libro de Apolonio
Pablo Ancos Garcia
University of Wisconsin, Madison

Session 4:
Early English and Irish Literature
Chair: William Fahrenbach, De Paul University

“Bracket Consonance in Old English Poetry”
Tom Hall
University of Notre Dame

"Latin and Vernacular in the Old English Maxims I."
Susan Deskis
Northern Illinois University

“There’s Something About Brigit: Contemplatio in an Early Irish Saint’s Life”
Robert J. Powell
Independent Scholar

10:30-11:00 coffee


Session 5
Arthurian Literature
Chair: Edward Risden, St. Norbert College

“Mary, Morgan and Men in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight
Mickey Sweeney
Dominican University

“Thomas Chestre's Sir Launfal and the Feminizing of Kingship”
Francine McGregor
Eastern Illinois University

"Lancelot's Funerals"
Nicole Clifton
Northern Illinois University

Session 6
Dante and the Classical Tradition: Greeks, Romans, Byzantines
Chair: Christopher Nissen, Northern Illinois University
Chair: Christopher Nissen, Northern Illinois University

“Dante’s Invocation of the Timaeus in Paradiso 4”
Jason Aleksander
St Xavier University

“Language of Transcendence in Dante’s Paradiso and in the Mausoleum of Galla Placidia at Ravenna”
Tonia Bernardi Triggiano
Dominican University

“Dante’s monstra and the Christianization of the Herculean subtext”
Maria Giulia Genghini
University of Notre Dame

“Dante and the Roman Past”
Christopher Kleinhenz
U of Wisconsin-Madison

12:30-2:00 lunch and business meeting


Session 7
From the Late Antique to the Early Medieval
Chair: David Perry, Dominican University

“Persuading the Powerful in the Post-Roman World”
Damian Fernandez
Northern Illinois University

“The Emperor who came from the Cold: Ethnicity, Geography and Military Monarchy in Symmachus' First Speech on Valentinian I”
John Weisweiler
University of Chicago

“Charlemagne’s Peaches: the Problem of Mediterranean Fruits in the Carolingian World”
Noah W. Blan
University of Michigan, Ann Arbor

Session 8
Old French and Anglo-Norman Texts
Chair: Dolly Weber, University of Illinois-Chicago

“Quarries of Ideas: Anglo-Norman Descriptions of Roman Ruins”
William Kynan-Wilson
Department of History of Art, University of Cambridge

“‘Currying Fauvel’: Textual and Ritual Aspects of a Satire”
Miriam Tripaldi
University of Chicago

“Laughing with The Blind: The Exploitation of Disability in French Fabliau”
Daniel Skoglund
Winona State University


Session 9
Thirteenth-Century Philosophers
Chair: Jason Aleksander, St. Xavier University

“The Crowned Anarchy of Virtual Communities: Duns Scotus’s Deleuzian Nomadism”
Andrew Thomas LaZella
University of Scranton

“Duns Scotus’ Common Natures In Light of James Ross’ Aristotelianism”
Amy Lapisardi
Marquette University

“Just war and auctoritas principis: The ancient and medieval political and theological contexts for Thomas Aquinas’s first criterion for a just war”
Phillip Wynn
Xavier University

Session 10
Rhetoric and Revision in/of Troilus
Chair: Mickey Sweeney, Dominican University

“For Goddes Love: Rhetorical Expression in Troilus and Criseyde”
Timothy Arner
Grinnell College

“A Wink and a Nod to Lollius: Chaucer’s Auctoritee in Troilus and Criseyde
Andrew Higl
Winona State University

“How a Trojan's Trumpet Revises Chaucer and Undermines Genre: Shakespeare’s Troilus and Cressida
Edward Risden
St. Norbert University

Institutional Members