The Middle Ages provided an important, if complex, set of literary and historiographic models for early modern authors, although the early modern authors responded to the alien political, religious, and cultural landscape of medieval England through their more present ideological concerns. From Shakespeare’s manipulation of his medieval source material to Protestant responses to medieval Catholicism, this collection of essays explores the ways that early modern English writers responded to the medieval English literary and historical record, dealing with topics such as historiographic bias, print history, intertextuality, and cultural history.
SMC LII, Copyright 2013, pp. x + 234
As Hanks and Jesmok note in their introduction, "pursuing opponents and pursuing love move the Morte’s narrative, but the work’s richness comes from its romance and tragic elements: the human quest for maturity and fulfillment and those uncontrollable forces that undermine the quest and destroy the dream. Malory’s use of myth and magic to explore these themes has received extensive scholarly attention, but his views on and thematic use of Christianity have long needed a closer look."
SMC LI, Copyright 2013, pp. viii + 216
"Beowulf" at Kalamazoo: Essays on Translation and Performance is a collection of essays designed to capitalize on the success of Seamus Heaney' prize-winning translation of Beowulf, which bridges the gap between the ivory tower where most who study Beowulf reside and lay readers drawn to the poem because of Heaney's reputation, the review in the New York Times Book Review, the Whitbread Prize for poetry, and even perhaps the attractive and eye-catching cover.
SMC L, Copyright 2012, pp. x + 434
The essays in this collection seek to shed light on various aspects of the church’s role in late Byzantine society, especially on the relationship between the church and the lay world and the response of individuals to the challenges faced by Orthodoxy.
SMC XLIX, Copyright 2009, pp. xii + 244
This volume concentrates on the medieval English Loathly Lady tales, written a little later than the Irish tales, and developing the motif as a vehicle for social ideology.
SMC XLVIII, Copyright 2007, pp. xx + 276
Together [the essays] present a clear picture of what we know about deviant speech in medieval culture, a picture that has begun to achieve the depth and richness of scholarship on slander in the early modern period, exploring what speech acts can tell us about gender, crime and punishment, agency, ethics, and literary craftsmanship.
SMC XLVII, Copyright 2007, pp. xviii + 214
The topics addressed in these ten essays also provide grounds of another kind to assess the foci of contemporary Gower studies. As well as place, the political element in Gower’s writings has been subject to fruitful recent scrutiny; and again, there are important linkages and overlaps among these essays on such matter too.
SMC XLVI, Copyright 2007, pp. x + 242
As a scholar, senator, and consul, whose life was centered in Rome and later in Ravenna, Boethius belonged to two worlds—the world of pagan antiquity and the world of the Christian Middle Ages—and his life and work embody and embrace the spirit of both.
SMC XLV, Copyright: 2007, pp. xviii + 294
This volume contains collected papers on medieval England’s "names and naming patterns—mostly forenames or Christian names, but with some attention to family names."
SMC XLIV, Copyright 2006, pp. xiv + 392
This collection of essays is the first published in North America that seeks to describe the methodology and some results of a scholarly enterprise that is hailed in the Preface to the volume as "one of the most vibrant, innovative, and productive movements in medieval scholarship at the present time."
SMC XLIII, Copyright 2002, pp. xvi + 205
This collection of essays examines the perceptions of the marvelous and monstrous by the people of medieval and early modern Europe.
SMC XLII, Copyright 2002, pp. xxvi + 306
This collection of nine essays, plus an extensive bibliography, seeks to reexamine The Parson’s Tale and its place in The Canterbury Tales, especially since so many readers and critics who love Chaucer have found it difficult to love the Parson and what he has to say.
SMC XLI, Copyright 2000, pp. xxii + 268
This collection represents most of the papers delivered on the conference theme of the Fifth Meeting (1991) of the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists, which was the first ISAS meeting in the United States.
SMC XL, Copyright 1997, pp. xx + 488
A university exists to make known what can only be revealed by consistent, dedicated effort. Ultimately, a university exists in order to understand the things that are hidden from ordinary, casual view. This is a message that is subtly reinforced by all of the articles in this volume.
SMC XXXIX, Copyright 1997, pp. x + 219
Translation Theory and Practice in the Middle Ages is a collection of essays derived from a symposium conducted as part of the Twenty-Eighth International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo, 6–9 May 1993).
SMC XXXVIII, Copyright 1997, pp. vi + 282
These essays consider three thematic categories that were dominant in most of Sheehan’s own scholarly work. These are the role, position, and contributions of medieval women; the development of Christian marriage, especially in the High Middle Ages; and the secular family with its legal and emotional relationships.
SMC XXXVII, Copyright 1998, pp. xx + 431
Throughout the career of Ambrose Raftis two themes or convictions have been in evidence: a belief in the fundamental individuality of medieval English men and women, and a belief in their ability to make choices.
SMC XXXVI, Copyright 1995, pp. xviii + 545
Translation and the Transmission of Culture Between 1300 and 1600 is a companion volume to Medieval Translators and Their Craft (Medieval Institute Publications, 1989) and, like Medieval Translators, its aim is to provide the modern reader with a deeper understanding of the early centuries of translation in France.
SMC XXXV, Copyright 1995, pp. xii + 358
The papers in this volume are designed to offer non-Italian scholars a representative sample of current European research and a summary of recent debates regarding the historical evolution of those republics that posed the most formidable obstacles to the extension of Florentine hegemony.
SMC XXXIV, Copyright 1994, pp. vi + 233
All medievalists in North America, and many beyond, owe a great debt to John Leyerle. As teacher, scholar, and administrator, John has been a leader in the rise and renewal of medieval studies on this continent in the past thirty years.
SMC XXXIII, Copyright 1993, pp. xii + 474
The essays, plus two poems and a bibliography, are gathered to honor Jess B. Bessinger, Jr., whose innovative studies of heroic poetry have instructed a generation of scholars and whose performances of Anglo-Saxon poems are legendary.
SMC XXXII, Copyright 1993, pp. xxx + 437
Judson Boyce Allen loved his work and encouraged other scholars by his enthusiasm for theirs. He had an unusually wide range of interests, from the specialized study of manuscripts through the interpretation of particular literary texts to the broadest issues of literary theory.
SMC XXXI, Copyright 1992, pp. xviii + 338
The essays explore [t]he interconnectedness of pilgrimage and crusade, and the central role of these enterprises for the history of European society and thought.
SMC XXX, Copyright 1992, pp. xii + 229
Established scholars will enjoy the versatility and incisiveness of much of the reading in these essays, even though they may be heard muttering stifled oaths from time to time. New readers will relish the combativeness and assurance, the readiness to try out new ideas.
SMC XXIX, Copyright 1991, pp. xxiv + 269
“The contents of the volume testify to [Bryce Lyon’s] network of students and friends, to the status he has earned, and to the exciting diversity of medieval scholarship.” - from Medieval Prosopography 12/1 (Autumn 1991)
SMC XXVIII, Copyright 1990, pp. xxvi + 304
“This collection of essays, . . . though it cannot substitute for a much-needed history of medieval preaching, will give readers a sense of the development of medieval preaching and its interaction with many aspects of medieval life.” - from Studies in the Age of Chaucer 13 (1991)
SMC XXVII, Copyright 1989, pp. xiv + 269
Essays in this volume, unpublished elsewhere, and re-written exclusively for this collection, represent a fresh approach to the study of the works of John Gower.
SMC XXVI, Copyright 1989, pp. xvi + 366
“On the basis of this volume . . . we must conclude that translation studies as a species of literary history are alive and flourishing.” - from Allegorica 12 (1991)
SMC XXV, Copyright 1989, pp. x + 428
“Those scholars who wish to maintain as broad a view of medieval literature as possible would be well advised to peruse the essays in Keller’s volume.” - from Speculum (July 1991)
SMC XXIV, Copyright 1987, pp. xii + 241
Essays in this volume explore wide-ranging topics: from Constantinople, Cloistered Women, Popes and Holy Images, Kingship, Pastoral Care, and Pilgrimages to the works or lives of Sidonius Apollinaris, Gregory of Tours, John Damascene, and Anselm of Havelberg.
SMC XXIII, Copyright 1987, pp. xx + 256
“In this wide-ranging anthology on the medieval tradition of natural law we find . . . discussions of the basis of natural law, the nature of the phenomenon, its developments and mutation in the Middle Ages, its deep influence on such later writers as Vitoria, Biel, Luther, and Machiavelli, and its impact on this curious post-medieval world in which we at present live and work.” - from Studies in Religion/Sciences Religieuses 12/2
SMC XXII, Copyright 1987, pp. viii + 211
“A contribution to the remarkable renaissance of rhetorical studies which, since 1945, have occurred in the wider context of the investigations of the relationships between language and reality.” - from History and Theory (May 1986)
SMC XIX, Copyright 1985, pp. vi + 237
“The growing emphasis on medieval archaeology is well represented by the fourteen essays. . . . the contributions deal with sites all over western Europe, but perhaps the most significant aspect of the collection is the methodology.” - from American Notes & Queries (Sept/Oct 1985)
SMC XVIII, Copyright 1984, pp. x + 301
“A group of studies touching on various topics of interest to many students of the literature of the Middle Ages.” - from Studies in the Age of Chaucer (1985)
SMC XVI, Copyright 1984, pp. xvi + 293
“We have here, for the first time in English to my knowledge, a book identifying 'woman's songs' in various languages and bringing together the scholarly writing on the subject.” - from Speculum (Oct. 1983)
SMC XV, Copyright 1981, pp. viii + 223