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759Medieval-Themed Sessions at PCAACA 2007 (Boston 4/4-7/07)

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  • Michael Torregrossa
    Feb 22, 2007


      Wednesday, April 4, 12:30-2:00 p.m.


      004 Television I: Comedy

      Chair: Antonio Carreño-Rodríguez, George Mason University

      2. Paradigmatic Pairs and Postmodernist Poetics in Cervantes' DON QUIXOTE and SEINFELD

      Antonio Carreño-Rodríguez

      Wednesday, April 4, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

      Salon A

      025 Science Fiction & Fantasy I: The Dark Side of Harry Potter

      Chair: Glenna Andrade, Roger Williams University

      Do Children Count?: How the Death of a Child is Treated in HARRY POTTER

      Angela Thompson, Brigham Young University

      Me and My Shadow Selves: The Many Shadows in the HARRY POTTER Novels

      Roberta Lynne Staples, Sacred Heart University

      Wizards and their Wards: A Comparative Study of Merlin, Gandalf, and Dumbledore

      Antoinette Winstead, Our Lady of the Lake University

      "Only When None Are Loyal": Dumbledore's Death as Mentor in the HARRY POTTER Series

      Glenna Andrade

      Wednesday, April 4, 2:30-4:00 p.m.


      030 Film Adaptation II: Pop-Cultural Film/Adaptation

      Chair: Deborah Kaplan, Brandeis University

      3. THE DA VINCI CODE - Novel into Film: New Popular Gospel

      Joseph Ceccio, The University of Akron, and

      Diana Reep, The University of Akron

      Wednesday, April 4, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


      043 Film III: Cinematic Conceptions of Reality

      Chair: Heather Bowlby, California State University, Long Beach

      4. Crusading on a Plateau between 'Nothing' and 'Everything": Rhizomatic Mimesis in Ridley Scott's KINGDOM OF HEAVEN

      Heather Bowlby

      Wednesday, April 4, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

      Salon A

      048 Science Fiction & Fantasy II: Roundtable: The Laughter and the Loveliness of Old: The Meaning and Importance of Laughter in the Writings of J. R. R. Tolkien

      Chair: Charles E. Bressler, Houghton College


      Ian Galloway, Houghton College

      Brandon Hawk, Houghton College

      Matthew Hepler, Houghton College

      Anna Kruse, Houghton College

      Benjamin Walker, Houghton College

      Charles Bressler and his students will present the results of his vast analytical research on the presence of laughter in Tolkien works.

      Thursday, April 5, 8:00-9:30 a.m.


      092 Adaptation I: Shrek, Harry Potter, Shakespeare, and Cervantes

      Chair: Glenn Jellenik, University of South Carolina

      It's Just Shakespeare

      Callie Oppendisano, Tufts University

      Adapting Harry Potter: Online Fan Communities and Ownership of a Text

      Kimball Maw, Cal State University, Fullerton

      The Knight and the Ogre: Don Quixote and Shrek

      Will McMorran, Queen Mary University of London

      Gus Van Sant: Translator of the QUIXOTE

      Glenn Jellenik

      Thursday, April 5, 8:00-9:30 a.m.


      094 Medieval Popular Culture I: Persistence and Visual Imagery

      Chair: K. A. Laity, The College of Saint Rose

      The Quest of the Mercantile Grail: Marketing Fame and Gain in A KNIGHT'S TALE

      Robert J. Blanch, Northeastern University

      Taking True Counsel from False Friends: Can Bad Films Teach Good Lessons about Medieval Literature?

      John P. Sexton, University of Connecticut

      Avenging England's Mythological Void: Tolkien's Mythopoeic Accroachment of Philological Saga into Middle-Earth

      Kyle Warner, Appalachian State University

      Medieval Mothers and St. Margaret's Dragon

      Wendy R. Larson, Roanoke College

      Thursday, April 5, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

      Salon I

      111 Arthurian Legend I: The M'n'M's

      Chair: Lorraine K. Stock, University of Houston

      The Language of Magic / The Magic of Language: Merlin in the 21st Century

      Deborah Vause, York College

      One and Many: Morgan in Contemporary Fantasy

      Jill Hebert, Western Michigan University

      Mordred, Villain and Victim: Two Late Victorian Visions

      Thomas Hoberg, Northeastern Illinois University

      Reclaiming the Bad Seed: Mordred's Rehabilitation in Modern Fiction

      Michael D. Amey, University of Maine at Presque Isle

      Thursday, April 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m.


      129 Jewish Studies II: Jews, Politics, & History

      Chair: Corina L. Petrescu, Kansas State University

      1. Medieval Spanish Jews under Sufi Influence

      Thomas Block, Independent Scholar, Silver Spring, Maryland

      Thursday, April 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m.


      137 British Popular Culture II: Tolkien, Shakespeare, and More [4 papers]

      Chair: John Rogers, Vincennes University,

      1. The Tolkien-Shakespeare Connection: The Wizard and the Mage

      Frank Riga, Canisius College

      2. Masks of Convention?: Women and Power in Shakespeare and Tolkien

      Maureen Thum, University of Michigan-Flint.

      3. Princes and Power: Tolkien's Aragorn and Shakespeare's Henry V

      Judith Kollmann, University of Michigan-Flint

      Discussant: John Greenfield, McKendree College

      Thursday, April 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m.


      140 Medieval Popular Culture II: Protean Arthur

      Chair: K. A. Laity, The College of Saint Rose

      Wars and Lovers: The Structure of Arthurian Conflict in Film

      A. Arwen Taylor, Indiana University, Bloomington

      The Changing Image of Arthur in the Middle Ages

      Amy L. Ingram, James Madison University

      The Arthurian Myth as a Freedom/Colonizing Strategy in Alejandro Tapia y Rivera's PÓSTUMO EL ENVIRGINADO

      Nahir I. Otaño-Gracia, University of Massachusetts Amherst

      IVANHOE Redux

      Nanette Thrush, Chester College

      Thursday, April 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

      Salon I

      158 Arthurian Legend II: Arthurian Film Follies

      Chair: Elizabeth Sklar, Wayne State University

      Fuqua's Multi-Culti Arthur

      Karolyn Kinane, Plymouth State University


      Richard Scott Nokes, Troy University

      Cliffhanging in Camelot: George Reeves' 1949 Movie Serial, THE ADVENTURES OF SIR GALAHAD

      Lorraine K. Stock, University of Houston

      No Love for Lovers in John Boorman's EXCALIBUR

      Benedick Turner, New York University

      Thursday, April 5, 10:00-11:30 a.m.


      161 Film V: Morality & Ideology in Fantastic Films:

      Slashers, Superman, & Willy Wonka

      Chair: Laura Butera, Bowling Green State University

      2. SHREK: An Old-Fashioned Romance

      Jennifer Viereck, Midlands Technical College

      Thursday, April 5, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

      Salon I

      204 Arthurian Legend III:

      Visualizing the Arthuriad

      Chair: Donald L. Hoffman, Northeastern Illinois University

      Happily Never After: The Arthurian Love Triangle in Film

      Kevin Rhodes, California State University, Long Beach

      Images of King Arthur

      Kathryn Langston, Appalachian State University

      Inventing a Grail Knight for the Progressive Era: Edwin Austin Abbey's THE CASTLE OF THE GRAIL

      Baird Jarman, Carleton College

      The Boston Public Library has a Grail, and It's Very Nice

      Martin Shichtman, Eastern Michigan University, and

      Laurie Finke, Kenyon College

      Thursday, April 5, 12:30-2:00 p.m.


      211 Mythology in Contemporary Culture III: Mythology in Film

      Chair: Stephen Y. Wilkerson, Pacifica Graduate Institute

      4. The Presence of the Mythic Hero and the Journey Archetypes as Established by Homer in THE LORD OF THE RINGS and HARRY POTTER

      Cheryl Hunter, University of New Hampshire, Durham

      Thursday, April 5, 2:30-4:00 p.m.


      227 Digital Games VI [4 papers]

      Chair: Daniel Griffin, University of Arizona

      1. Postmodern PTOLEMY: A Neo-Medievalist Mappa Mundi

      Matt Haselton, Guilford College

      2. QUEEN'S QUEST: Gender and the Heroic Quest in Adventure Games

      Anastasia Salter, Georgetown University

      Thursday, April 5, 2:30-4:00 p.m.


      238 Mystery/Detective Fiction X: Religion, Spirituality, and the Quest for Truth

      Chair: Gwen Whitehead, Lamar State College-Orange

      3. "There's No One in Avalon to Show You": THE MALTESE FALCON, THE DA VINCI CODE, and the Quest for "Truth" in Fiction

      Christine M. Dale, University of Northern Iowa

      4. James Lee Burke's "Shop-Soiled Galahad"

      Gwen Whitehead

      Thursday, April 5, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

      Salon I

      250 Arthurian Legend IV: Arthurian Traces, Places, and Spaces

      Chair: Richard Scott Nokes, Troy University

      "Sowing One Ill Hint from Ear to Ear": Gender, Scandal and Gossip in Tennyson's IDYLLS OF THE KING

      Christy Rieger, Mercyhurst College

      Come Again?: The Contexts of Bryher's VISA FOR AVALON

      E.D. Lloyd-Kimbrel, Mount Holyoke College

      Post-Leisure, Post-Arthur?: Meditations on the Fall of Camelot (Theme Park)

      Benjamin Earl, Cardiff University

      The Shifting Borders of Arthurian Landscape

      Laura Denning, Independent Scholar

      Thursday, April 5, 2:30-4:00 p.m.


      256 Masculinities IV: Film Masculinities, Part One

      Chair: Andrew Manno, Raritan Valley Community College

      1. BEOWULF AND GRENDEL: Who Wears the Pants?: Heroic Ideals in Film

      Hannah Means, West Chester University

      Thursday, April 5, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

      Salon I

      296 Science Fiction & Fantasy IX: Paradoxical Knowledge: Wonder, Magic, and Science in SF/F

      Chair: Laura Wiebe Taylor, Brock University

      4. Neither Science not Sorcery but a Combination of the Two: Magic and Machines in the Animated Series GARGOYLES

      Laura Wiebe Taylor

      Thursday, April 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

      Salon H

      334 Science Fiction & Fantasy X: Defining & Redefining Identity Gender in SF/F

      Chair: Sherry Ginn, Wingate University

      2. Women Characters as Foils in Classic/Popular Fantasy Films

      Roy Sheldon, Washburn University

      4. Warrior Women on the Forefront: De/Re-constructing Gender

      Sherry Ginn

      Thursday, April 5, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


      341 Mythology in Contemporary Culture V: Mythological Catastrophes: Mythology, Global Warming, the Great Flood, & Apocalypse

      Chair: Anais N. Spitzer, Pacifica Graduate Institute

      2. The Grail Myth of Parzival and Stemming the Tide of Global Warming

      Joe Good, Pacifica Graduate Institute

      Friday, April 6, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

      Bello Mondo

      361 Heinlein Studies I

      Chair: Pete McCluskey, Middle Tennessee State University

      3. The Wife of Bath and the Man from Mars: An Overview of Classic

      Literary Allusions in Select Heinlein Novels

      Lisa N. D'Amico, Wichita State University

      Friday, April 6, 8:00-9:30 a.m.

      Hospitality Suite 5: Rm. 3332

      405 Shakespeare on Film & Television I: Adaptation, Media, & Inter-texuality

      Chair: Richard Vela, The University of North Carolina - Pembroke

      We Call Him the Scottish Chef: Shakespeare Retold and Contemporary British Television

      Gabrielle Malcolm, Edge Hill University, UK

      The Interface of Theatre and Film: The "Classic" Shakespeare Films of Sir Laurence Olivier and Kenneth Branagh

      Vivian Chu, National Taiwan University

      The Role of DVD Commentaries in Shakespeare Studies

      Shawn Smith, Longwood University

      Friday, April 6, 10:00-11:30 a.m.

      Hospitality Suite 5: Rm. 3332

      451 Shakespeare on Film & Television II: Contemporary Hamlets: Technology, Iconic Vision, & Artistic Expression

      Chair: Roberta N. Rude, University of South Dakota

      "Black and Grained Spots": Postmodern Technology in Almereyda's HAMLET

      Ben Hunt, East Tennessee State University

      Performance and Surveillance in the Hamlets of Laurence Olivier and Michael Almereyda

      Shannon Dobranski, Georgia Institute of Technology

      Shakespeare, Maclise, and Zeffirelli: UT PICTURA POESIS

      Lily B. Guzman, University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

      The Dialogic of HAMLET

      Peter Babiak, York University

      Friday, April 6, 12:30-2:00 p.m.


      454 Literature & Politics III: "Bringing down the House": Destruction, Desire, Deluge

      Chair: John R. Holmes, Virginia State University

      3. Ethics and the Author: Violence, Desire, and Malory's LE MORTE D'ARTHUR

      Donna Crawford, Virginia State University

      4. Driving Back the Horses of the Night: Desire, Doting, and Destruction in Marlowe's DIDO and EDWARD II

      John R. Holmes

      Friday, April 6, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

      Hospitality Suite 2: Rm. 3306

      494 Culture & Religion III: Unexpected Locations

      Chair: Ingrid H. Shafer, University of Sciences & Arts of Oklahoma

      2. The Da Vinci Craze: Manufactured Mania and Unconscious Desires

      Jenn Brandt, Bowling Green State University

      Friday, April 6, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

      Hospitality Suite 5: Rm. 3332

      497 Shakespeare on Film & Television III: Culture, Politics, & Gender

      Chair: Peter Babiak, York University

      1. A Cross-cultural and Comparative Analysis of the Sleep-walking Scene in MACBETH

      Jamshid Malekpour, Gulf University

      2. Shakespeare and Westernization: KING LEAR on Turkish Television

      Laurence Raw, Baskent University

      Friday, April 6, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

      Boston University

      502 The Comics Get Medieval I: Modern Comics

      & Their Medieval Sources

      Chair: Michael A. Torregrossa, Smithfield, Rhode Island

      An Arthur for All Ages, Appearing Now in the Web Comic ARTHUR, KING OF TIME AND SPACE

      Christina Francis, Bloomsburg University

      "Thor Disassembled" Dissected: The Medieval Sources of RAGNAROK (2004)

      Kate D'Ettore, CMS University of Toronto

      From the Middle Ages to the Middle Market: BEOWULF and the Comic

      María José Gómez-Calderón, Universidad de Sevilla

      Comic, But Not Funny: The Concept of Gravitas in Gareth Hinds' Graphic Adaptation of BEOWULF (1999-2000)

      Nathan A. Breen, DePaul University

      Friday, April 6, 2:30-4:00 p.m.


      519 Mystery/Detective Fiction XX:

      Studies of Hard-Boiled Crime Fiction

      Chair: Keith O'Neill, SUNY-Dutchess

      1. California Knights: Sam Spade and Phillip Marlowe

      Kathryn Inskeep, Drew University

      Friday, April 6, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

      Hospitality Suite 5: Rm. 3332

      544 Shakespeare on Film and Television IV: Marketing, Editing and Interpretation in THE MERCHANT OF VENICE, ROMEO AND JULIET, HAMLET, and THE TAMING OF THE SHREW

      Chair: Gabrielle Malcolm, Edge Hill University, UK

      4. Shooting Shakespeare: The Importance of Film Editing in Translating Shakespeare's Language to the Screen

      Joanne Taylor, University of California, Berkeley

      Friday, April 6, 4:30-6:00 p.m.

      Boston University

      548 The Comics Get Medieval II: Comics and Medieval Studies

      Chair: Michael A. Torregrossa, Smithfield, Rhode Island

      Professor A and the X-Men: Augustine of Hippo's Non-Systematic Demonology in Marvel Comics' X-MEN

      Matthew S. McConnel, Western Michigan University

      Knights, Camera, Action!: Teaching Medieval French Literature through Comics and Film

      Julie Singer, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

      Vikings across a Millennium: Comics in the Twelfth and Twentieth Centuries

      Rod McDonald, University of Sydney

      Roundtable on Medieval Studies and the Comics Medium

      Moderator: Michael Torregrossa

      Friday, April 6, 4:30-6:00 p.m.


      556 Arthurian Legend V: Mr. Merlin's Neighborhood I: Arthurian Themes on Recent Television

      Chair: Christina Francis, Bloomsburg University

      The Grail Quest in STARGATE: The Search for Merlin's Weapon

      Melissa R. Garner, Nicholls State University

      United's DRAGON (2006): Arthurian Themes and Fathers Flying the Friendly Skies

      Nicole Andel, Penn State Schuylkill

      The Bantling Boy Mystery

      Ann Bliss, Western Oregon University

      Friday, April 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m.

      Boston University

      593 Medieval Popular Culture III: Magic, Medicine & Tension

      Chair: K. A. Laity, The College of Saint Rose

      "And now...with the help of my lovely assistant": Some Medieval Aspects of Modern Stage Magic Performances

      Michael Johnson, Buffalo State College

      The Skill of the Physician: The Luck of the Draw

      Mary E. Robbins, Northeastern University

      THE MALLEUS MALEFICARUM's Dissemination of Misogyny throughout European Society

      Nicole Elizabeth Justice, Newport News Virginia, and

      Beth Kreydatus, Newport News Virginia

      Folklore and Social Tension in the Medieval Romances EMARÉ and DEGARÉ

      Kate Koppy, Andrews University

      Friday, April 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


      601 Arthurian Legend VI: Mr. Merlin's Neighborhood II: The Matter of Britain on TV

      Chair: Michael Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

      The Charm of Re-Making: The Problems of "Medievalised" Serialisation in Modern Arthurian Television

      Andy Elliot, University of Exeter

      Captain Kirk in Camelot?: Medieval Themes in the Science Fiction Franchises of Gene Roddenberry

      Michael Torregrossa, Independent Scholar

      KAAMELOTT: The "French Touch"

      Claire Jardillier, Université de Paris IV

      Roundtable on the Televisual Matter of Britain

      Moderator: Michael Torregrossa

      Friday, April 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


      602 Literature & Visual Arts IX: Art/Lit Fusions

      Chair: James Aubrey, Metropolitan State College of Denver

      1. "This is not altogether fool, my lord": Shakespeare's, Dyce's, and Eliot's KING LEAR

      Génesis Cumba Ramos, University of Puerto Rico at Cayey

      Friday, April 6, 6:30-8:00 p.m.


      619 Film Adaptation XII: Kings of all Nations [3 papers]

      Chair: Susan Gorman, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Science

      3. Evolving Sunjata: From Medieval King to Postcolonial Hero to Disney Lion-cub?

      Susan Gorman

      Friday, April 6, 8:15-9:45 p.m.

      Salon G

      635 Medieval Popular Culture IV: Special Session: Sword Fighting

      Chair: K. A. Laity, The College of Saint Rose

      "More pursuit than study...": Fencing Masters and THE PRINCESS BRIDE

      Jeff Lord & Frank Hunt, ARMS (The Association for Renaissance and Medieval Swordsmanship at the Massachusetts Center for Renaissance Studies)

      Unbeknownst to most casual observers, the famous duel in the 1987 movie THE PRINCESS BRIDE is rife with references to actual Renaissance fencing masters.

      The film's screen writer, William Goldman, was accurate (for the most part) regarding period fencing master's names, but how faithful was he to the actual fencing master's techniques to which he alluded?

      Several of the treatises written by these masters have recently become more widely available (www.umass.edu/renaissance/lord) and their techniques are currently being interpreted the world over by groups such as ARMS (www.umass.edu/renaissance/arms).

      This presentation will examine the duel and analyze the various references to both the technique and the masters themselves.

      Viking-Age Combat: Contrasting Hollywood with Historical Techniques

      William R. Short & Mark Millman, Higgins Armory Museum

      From THE VIKINGS (1956) to the recent LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, Viking-age combat has not been faithfully portrayed on the big screen.

      Little is known about Viking-age combat. We know a great deal more about later medieval combat because training manuals from that era survive and can be used to reconstruct later fighting techniques. Unfortunately, nothing like that survives from the Viking age.

      Two volunteer organizations, Hurstwic (hurstwic.org) and the Higgins Armory Sword Guild (higginssword.org) have drawn on a variety of available sources to reconstruct Viking-age combat techniques. Although speculative, the techniques are consistent with the available evidence.

      This presentation will review Viking-age weapons and discuss the sources used to recreate Viking-age combat techniques. Short and Millman will conclude by demonstrating those techniques -- and they don't look anything at all like the movies.

      Saturday, April 7, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

      Boston University

      729 Medieval Popular Culture V: Medievalism and Post-Modernism

      Chair: K. A. Laity, The College of Saint Rose

      Transcending the Weakness of her Sex: Redefining a Master Fiction

      Leonie Viljoen, University of South Africa

      Henry Rollins: The Modern Marcabru

      Lisa Nielson, University of Maine

      Empiricism and Revelation in Umberto Eco's THE NAME OF THE ROSE

      Patrick Dennis, The University of Texas at Dallas

      The War Within: Frodo as Sacrificial Hero

      Constance G. Wagner, Saint Peter's College

      Saturday, April 7, 12:30-2:00 p.m.

      New Hampshire

      743 Comic Art & Comics IX: Individuals and Identities [4 papers]

      Chair: Meisha Rosenberg, College of Saint Rose

      3. Spenser's Secret Identities: Artegall and Talus the Yron Man

      Jason Tondro, University of California Riverside

      Saturday, April 7, 12:30-2:00 p.m.


      747 Gay, Lesbian, & Queer Studies XVI: Literature [4 papers]

      Chair: Michelle Parke, Michigan State University

      3. Gandalf is Burning: Wizardry and Drag Performance

      Jes Battis, Simon Fraser University

      Saturday, April 7, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

      Boston University

      769 Medieval Popular Culture VI: Norse Warrior Wisdom

      Chair: K. A. Laity, The College of Saint Rose

      The Symbiosis of Norse and Medieval Christian Eschatology in DC Vertigo's Lucifer Series

      Katherine Allocco, Western Connecticut State University

      "Hide in a hole if you must": Gnomic Lore for the Modern Age in THE 13TH WARRIOR

      Laurel Lacroix, Houston Community College-Southwest

      Fleshing Out the Poem and Translating the Characters: BEOWULF and BEOWULF & GRENDEL

      Frances Auld, University of South Florida

      Pissing, Shagging, & Roaring: Performing Masculinity in BEOWULF & GRENDEL

      K. A. Laity

      Saturday, April 7, 2:30-4:00 p.m.


      774 Festivals & Faires III: Contemporary American

      Renaissance Festivals

      Chair: Kimberly Tony Korol, Independent Scholar

      Shakespeare at the Faire: De- and Reconstructing Shakespeare at Renaissance Faires

      Annalisa Castaldo, Widener University

      Why Women Want Wings: Liberation, Diversity, and Gender Normativity in Contemporary Renaissance Faire Culture

      Rebecca R. Kovar, Illinois State University

      Portraying the Princess: Researching Anna of Cleves for the Maryland Renaissance Festival

      Paula Peterka, Independent Scholar

      Off-the-Rack History and Ready-to-Wear Identity: Commerce as Community at the Texas Renaissance Festival

      Jen Gunnels, Independent Scholar

      Saturday, April 7, 2:30-4:00 p.m.

      New Hampshire

      780 Comic Art & Comics X: The Role of Superheroes [4 papers]

      Chair: Bobby Kuechenmeister, Texas A&M University

      1. How Spider-man Teaches Hamlet

      Taylor Larson

      Michael A. Torregrossa, M. A.
      34 Second Street
      Smithfield, RI 02917-3627

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