The Medieval and Early Modern Folklore Section serves as a home within AFS for those interested in folklore in the art, culture, history, and literature of the medieval and early modern periods. The section sponsors sessions at the Society's annual meeting focusing on medieval and early modern topics.
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Past Medieval Folklore Paper Sessions at AFS Annual Meetings
2013, Providence, Rhode Island
Medieval and Early Modern Appropriations of the Past
Joanna B. Spanos, "Decoding Messages from the Vernacular English Herbals"
Winifred Gleeson Keaney, "The Culture of Women in The Distaff Gospels"
Charlotte Artese, "The Pivotal Folktale Survival in Hamlet"
2012, New Orleans, Louisiana
Reading the Marginalized: Pagans, Children and Women in Early British Literature
Derek Sherman, "Death as a Character: Cultural Views of Death from the Past to the Present"
Steve Stanzak, "St. Erkenwald and the Narratives of the Resurrected Dead"
Judith M. Lanzendorfer, "The Inverting of Aarne-Thompson 2022 "Let the Dead Rest" and "The Sad Little Angel" in Pearl"
Charlotte Artese, "Presenting the Trickster Heroine:Shakespeare's Struggle with the Folktale Source of All's Well that Ends Well"
2011, Bloomington, Indiana
Fantasies of Witchcraft and Social Influence
Derek Sherman, "In the Beginning: Deciphering Witchcraft and Its Influential Power in the Renaissance
Megan Cross, "Salem Witch Trials: Mass Hysteria and Its Influential Power in America"
Kelsey Radigan, "The Magical World: Harry Potter and the Impact of Fantasy on the World"
Joanna Spanos, discussant
Claiming Authority, Resisting the Devil: How Lay Appropriations Shaped Medieval and Early Modern Traditions
Fredericka Schmadel, "An Uppity Street Nun's Quest for God"
Steve Stanzak, "Sacred and Secular Narratives: How Saints and Soldiers Decipher the Devil's Riddles"
Charlotte Artese, "'They Will Not Intercept My Tale': Oral and Classical Traditions in Shakespeare's Titus Andronicus"
Dan Terkla, "The Duchy
of Cornwall and Hereford Mappaemundi: Heritage, Patronage, and Commemoration"
2009, Boise, Idaho
Forum: Folklore as Ethics of Place in Shakespeare’s England
Judith K. Lanzendorfer, Jessica Knoll, Diane Susdorf, and Tiffany Umin. This interactive forum, sponsored by the Medieval Folklore Section, derives from a 'Shakespeare and Folklore' class taught at northwestern Ohio's University of Findlay in spring 2009. Projects developed for the class focused on the ethics of place—beliefs, fears, etc.—in Shakespeare’s England. Participants include the instructor, who created the class webpage, and three students: the first dealt with the meaning of flowers in Shakespeare’s plays; the second wrote, directed, and acted in a 'revisioning' of the Comedy of Errors quest; and the third created a lesson plan related to folk belief in magic.
There's No Place Like Camelot: Quest and Religion in Created Places
Lauren Welker, "Re-examining Thor’s Journey to Utgard and Ilya of Murom’s Encounter with Svyatogor"Christina Francis, "Suited Visionaries and Courtroom Forests: Medieval Narrative in Eli Stone"
Kate Schramm, "Otherworld Souls and the Expression of Doubt?"
Suzanne Godby Ingalsbe, "Stained Glass Storyteller: Bill Lambdin’s Artistic Alterations to Aldersgate U"
2008, Louisville, Kentucky
Fertile Texts: Growing Medieval and Medievalizing Communities
Sarah K. Lash, "Singing the Dream: The Creation of Community Identity through Song in the Society for Creative Anachronism"
Jennifer Schwab, "Christian Influence and Context in Early Anglo-Saxon Writings: From 'I' to 'Us' in Caedmon's Hymn and Community and Synchronicity in Dream of the Rood"
Steven Stanzak, "Fertility and Faith In The Prioress's Tale”
Katie Lyn Peebles, "Transplanted Peoples: William of Malmesbury’s Formation of Common History"
2007, Quebec, Canada
Panel: Medieval Folklore and Literature/Le folklore et la littérature à l'epoque médiévale
Bonnie Irwin, "Foodways and Storytelling in the 1001 Nights and The Decameron"
Katie Peebles, "John Gower's Riddles for Political Reform"
Stephanie Volf, "'Help Us in Our Time of Need': The Book of Hours as Bibliotherapy”
Judith Lanzendorfer, "Undressing Gareth: The Liminality of 'Nakedness' in Malory’s Tale of Sir Gareth and Slander and Strife"
2006, Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Panel: Can You Hear Me Now?: Family Stories That Connect Past to Future
Rachel Gholson, "Telling Fictional Culture: Presentations of Orality in Richard Adams' Watership Down"
Genevieve Sawyer-Baumann, "'What do You Know About Stories?': Storytelling and Metanarration in Jane Yolen’s Briar Rose"
Judith Lanzendorfer, "What Great Grandma Mary’s Story Taught Us: Don’t Hold on to the Past"
Katie Peebles, "Fragmentary Dreams: Choosing Family Stories to Imagine a Nation"
3/17/2014 » 3/18/2014
Visions of Enchantment: Occultism, Spirituality & Visual Culture
3/25/2014 » 3/30/2014
Island Dynamics Conference on Folk Belief and Traditions of the Supernatural