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Medieval Studies at FSU

Published August 5, 2015


Berry, Jean F, and James J. Rorimer. The Belles Heures of Jean, Duke of Berry: Prince of France. New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, 1958.
Medieval Studies at Florida State University is a growing and dynamic area of teaching and research. Faculty in the Colleges Fine Arts, Arts & Sciences, and Communications contribute to the promotion of interdisciplinary research into the Middle Ages (c. 400-1500), teaching a wide variety of courses at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels, and supervising numerous masters’ and doctoral dissertations in all areas of the field.  Subjects taught include Archaeology, Art and Architectural History (Western, Byzantine, and medieval Islamic), Book History, History (social, economic, political, ecclesiastical, intellectual and gender), Language and Literature (including Old and Middle English, Old Norse, Medieval Welsh, Middle Dutch, Classical and Medieval Latin, Church Slavic/˜Old Russian, Spanish, Italian, Insular French and French), Manuscript Studies (including British and Continental illumination), and Musicology.


Florida State will have a strong presence at the 52nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 11-14. Chris Jensen, PhD student, English, will presenting a paper, ‘Despair and False Hope in the Stanzaic Morte Arthur’. Chris is also the Organizer of the session “Authoring the Self: Autobiography and Auctoritas, which is sponsored by the Medieval Studies Association. The session Presider is Kimberly Tate Anderson, PhD student, English. Professor Lori Walters, English, will present “Christine de Pizan’s Queen’s Manuscript (London, BL, Harley 4431) Goes to England.” Richard Emmerson, Visiting Professor, Art History, will be celebrated in two sessions, one sponsored by the Dept. of Art History, and one by the Medieval Studies Association. Deidre Carter, PhD candidate, Art History, Art History Professor Emerita Paula Gerson and Art History alumni Karlyn Griffith and Sarah Andyshak are participating in the celebration of Rick’s career.

Everyone is welcome to participate in FSU’s new Medieval Latin Reading Group. MLRG meets every Friday from 12:30- 1:30 PM in the William Johnston Building, room 2038. MLRG is a student led; each week students work on grammar, reading, and translation of medieval Latin texts. Texts are given out each Friday (with an optional English translation) to allow time for preparation and are discussed the following week. During meetings, there is opportunity to discuss issues and understanding of grammar and translation. No prior knowledge of Latin is required. Students of all levels and disciplines are encouraged to participate! For more information contact: Sarah Rose Shivers at


On February 28, 2017, Jamie Fumo led (along with C. David Benson of U of Connecticut) a day-long seminar on Chaucer and Emotion at Wake Forest University. This was the featured event of Wake Forest’s Annual Workshop on Medieval and Early Modern Studies. Fumo is also pleased to share the news that she has been promoted to Professor, effective August 2017. She recently published an article on the rhetoric and historical dimensions of gift-giving in Chaucer’s earliest major poem: “The ‘alderbeste yifte’: Objects and the Poetics of Munificence in Chaucer’s Book of the Duchess,” Exemplaria 28.4 (2016): 277-96, as well as a critical overview and annotated bibliography on “Ovid in the Middle Ages,” in Oxford Bibliographies in Medieval Studies. Ed. Paul E. Szarmach. New York: Oxford University Press, March 30, 2017.

Lynn Jones has had a productive Spring—one published article and three in-press chapters in edited volumes:
• “Relics, Wood-Working and the Skins of Reptiles. The Material Culture of Caucasian Albania.” Convivium Supplementum. Exchanges and Interactions in the Arts of Medieval Europe, Byzantium and the Mediterranean. Ed. I Foletti, E. Thuno. Seminarium Kondakovianum Series Nova 2 (2016/17): 176-87.
• “Taking it on the Road: the Palace on the Move,” in The Emperor in the Byzantine World, ed. S. Tougher. Forthcoming volume in the series, Publications of the Society for the Promotion of Byzantine Studies (Routledge).
• “Claiming the Cross: Reconsidering the Stavelot Triptych” in The Eloquence of Art: Studies in Honor of Henry Maguire, ed. R. Schroeder, A. Olsen Lam, forthcoming volume in the Birmingham Greek and Ottoman Studies Series (Routledge).
• “Visual Evidence for the Mutability of Identity in the Middle Byzantine Period,” in Byzantine Identity and the Other in Geographical and Ethnic Imagination, forthcoming volume, Proceedings of the 4th Sevgi Gönül Byzantine Studies Symposium, eds. P. Magdalino, K. Durak, B. Coksuner. Koç University Research Center for Anatolian Civilizations.

David Johnson is currently at Stanford and will be giving a talk, together with his son, on a DH project he has been working on “for a while now”: He then flies to Shanghai for a conference at Fudan University where he will present a paper, “From Marginal Notation to Manual for Preaching: The Repurposing of Old English Manuscripts in the Thirteenth Century.”

Elizabeth Coggeshall joined the Italian program of the Modern Languages and Linguistics department in January 2017. She writes: “I am thrilled to be part of the Medieval Studies community at FSU! I specialize in Dante studies, and I teach courses on medieval Italian literature and culture. I received the First Year Assistant Professor research grant to develop a project on the tenzone genre in thirteenth century Italy, a popular style of correspondence poetry adopted from the troubadour poets. In Fall 2017, I will teach a course on Dante’s Inferno in English translation (FOL3930, TuTh 12:30-1:45pm).”

Doron Bauer is scheduled to co-present, with Dr. Elena Paulino from Kunsthistorisches Institut in Florenz, different aspects of their research on the emergence of new modern conceptions of space in late medieval Majorca in a series of lectures abroad this spring:
• “The Textual Construction of Domestic Spaces in Late Medieval and Early Modern Majorca,” At Close Quarters: Experiencing the Domestic c.1400-1600, University of York.
• “Islamicate Goods in Gothic Halls: The Nachleben of Palma de Mallorca’s Islamic Past,” Dialogues in Late Medieval Mediterranean: Cultural Legacy of Western Islamic Societies, Nova University of Lisbon.
• “The Macrocosmos within the Microcosmos: Domestic Spaces as Visions of the World in Late Medieval and Early Modern Majorca,” Mobility and Space in Late Medieval and Early Modern Europe, University of Oxford.

Lori J. Walters, The Harry F. Williams Professor (Modern Languages & Linguistics), has been awarded a National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship for University Teachers for 2016-2017.  This grant is ranked as ‘highly prestigious’ in FSU’s Extraordinary Accomplishments Program.  Her project aims to revise our view of the early fifteenth-century poet and political commentator Christine de Pizan in light of her role as as “publisher” of her own texts.  Walters centers her study on Christine’s masterpiece, London, British Library, Harley 4431, the so-called “Queen’s Manuscript,”  She gave a plenary address at the 9th International Christine de Pizan Society Conference held in Louvain-la-Neuve, Belgium on “The Queen’s Manuscript as a Monument to Peace,” which is forthcoming in Le Moyen Français  Walters will be giving the opening plenary address at the Fifteenth International Courtly Literature Society Congress, to be held from 24-29 July 2016 at the University of Kentucky, Lexington.  For this conference, whose theme is ‘Courtly Passtimes’, Walters’s topic is “Jeux à vendre (Games for Sale): Poetic and Amorous Games in Christine de Pizan’s Queen’s Manuscript.”

Professor Francis Cairns (Classics) has published ‘The correspondence between Aeneas Silvius Piccolomini and Adam de Moleyns (1443-45)’ in Pio II nell’epistolografia del Rinascimento. Atti del XXV Convegno Internazionale (Chianciano Terme-Pienza 18-20 luglio 2013) (Quaderni della Rassegna 99) ed. L. Secchi Tarugi (Florence 2015) 113-124; and  ‘A Play on the Archchancellor’s name at Archpoet 4.29.2-3?’ in Classica et Medievalia 64 (2014) 367-70.




Doron Bauer, Art History
Charles E. Brewer, Music
Francis Cairns, Classics
Beth Coggeshall, Modern Languages
Richard K. Emmerson, Art History
Jamie Fumo, English
David Johnson, English
Lynn Jones, Art History
Kyle Killian, Art History
James Palmer, History
Robert Romanchuk, Modern Languages
Lori Walters, Modern Languages


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