20 April, 2011

Essay Collections/Clusters

The Year’s Work in Medievalism 32 (2017), Ed. R. Utz. [online]

Medievalism: Critical TermsEd. Elizabeth Emery and R. Utz (Cambridge: Boydell & Brewer, 2014; paperback, 2017).

Reviewed by: Riccardo Raymond, Comitatus 48 (2017): 233-34; Richard Trachsler, Revue Critique de Philologie Romane (2017); Kathleen Forni, The Medieval Review (2015): "David Matthews' Medievalism: A Critical History and Medievalism: Key Critical Terms edited by Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz are valuable resources for both newcomers to the field and experienced practitioners, whether theoretical or recreational. Matthews offers a fresh overview and compelling meta-commentary on the history and practice of medievalism, focusing on its uneasy relationship with medieval studies. Emery and Utz provide an encyclopedia of essential vocabulary (e.g., authenticity, gothic, primitive) written by leading scholars, often accompanied by brief but engaging case studies. Both volumes are marked by the topical, innovative, and solid scholarship that characterizes the Medievalism series edited by Karl Fugelso and Chris Jones." 

Medievalism Now. Special Issue (28 [2013]) of The Year’s Work in Medievalism. Ed. Karl Fugelso, E.L. Risden, and R. Utz.

Reviewed by: Geoffrey B. Elliot, Tales After Tolkien Society, 28 December, 2014.

Humanistic Perspectives in a Technological World. Ed. R. Utz, V. Johnson & T. Denton (Atlanta: Georgia Inst. of Technology, 2014; electronic version, 2015). 

While the nationwide push for STEM education has caused hand-wringing and eraser-gnawing in some English departments, Tech’s School of Literature, Media, and Communication (LMC) has long worked within this reality, as reflected in its first-ever book, Humanistic Perspectives in a Technological World.  Filled with photos and essays by LMC faculty as well as statements from academics and administrators across campus, the 140-page hardbound volume was the brainchild of LMC Department Chair Richard Utz. READ MORE

Makers of the Middle Ages: Essays in Honor of William Calin. Ed. R. Utz and Elizabeth Emery. Print: Kalamazoo, MI: Studies in Medievalism; electronic:, 2011. 68pp.

The twenty well-known scholars featured in this Festschrift for William Calin engage in personal reflection about the ways scholars, writers, musicians, and artists from different periods have "made" the Middle Ages by exploring it in their own work. Contributors: Barbara K. Altman, Pam Clements, Elizabeth Emery, Karl Fugelso, Caroline Jewers, Alicia C. Montoya, Gwendolyn A. Morgan, E.L. Risden, Nils Holger Petersen, William D. Paden, F. Regina Psaki, Carol L. Robinson, Roy Rosenstein, Tom Shippey, Jesse G. Swan, M.J. Toswell, Richard Utz, Kathleen Verduin, Veronica Ortenberg West-Harling, Gayle Zachmann.

Eminent Chaucerians? Early Women Scholars and the History of Reading Chaucer. Ed. R. Utz and Peter Schneck. Philologie im Netz: Supplement 4/2009. [online, Sept. 2009] 

Most existing histories of Chaucer studies display a narrow focus on what might be considered foundational nineteenth- and early twentieth-century scholarship, i.e., philological editing, literary history, and published work in general. Such narrow definitions tend to exclude the various other possible forms of the reception of Chaucer's texts, especially those traditionally open to women: teaching, illustration, children's literature, and the various other tasks often meant to assist male Chaucerians with their publication projects. This special edition of Philologie im Netz, based on contributions originally made to a panel at the 2002 Conference of the New Chaucer Society at the University of Glasgow, intends to challenge existing notions of what constitutes "eminent scholarship" and to thicken the history of medieval studies through a fresh and international look at the roles of women in the history of reading Chaucer.

Culture and the Medieval King. Ed. Christine Havens, Keith Russo, and R. Utz. UNIversitas: Special Forum Issue, 2008. [online, Aug. 2008] 

Falling into Medievalism. Ed. R. Utz and Anne Lair. UNIversitas: Special Forum Edition, 2006. [online, July 2006]

Postmodern Medievalisms. Ed. R. Utz and Jesse Swan. Cambridge, UK: Boydell & Brewer, 2005. 239pp.

"Postmodern Medievalism [...] provides a broad range of approaches for scholars interested in new ways of reading a broadly-defined medieval world whose imagery, assumptions, and ideologies are no less current in the contemporary world than they were in their own. If it sometimes feels like the collection offers too much, at its best it provides something for everyone. And those who choose to read more widely will certainly learn a great deal about what is out there and ready for critical analysis." Angela Jane Weisl, The Medieval Review (2008). See also: E.C. Evershed, Medium Aevum 75.2 (2006): 370.

Speculum Sermonis: Interdisciplinary Reflections on the Medieval Sermon. Ed. Georgiana Donavin, Cary Nederman, and R. Utz. Turnhout: Brepols, 2005. 416pp.

Speculum Sermonis is an anthology of essays about medieval sermons in the Christian East and West. It aims to reveal precisely how sermons inform different disciplines (for instance, social and Church history, literature, musicology) and how the methodologies of different disciplines inform sermons. Sermons can, for instance, provide evidence for a reconstruction of medieval liturgy; reciprocally, the field of liturgiology investigates sermons as one aspect of Church performance. The volume's title image of the mirror and the reference to medieval specula convey the idea of multiple reflections: the sermons' on culture and the disciplines' on sermons. Because the contributors to Speculum Sermonis come from a variety of fields, the essays here collectively provide a rich historical and contemporary academic context for reading the medieval sermon.
Reviewed by: Guido Hendrix, Spriptorium 61.1 (2007), 125-26; Jindřich Marek, Český časopis historický 105.1 (2007), 167-71.

Homo Narrans: Texts and Essays in Honor of Jerome Klinkowitz. Ed. Zygmunt Mazur and R. Utz. Crácow: Jagiellonian UP, 2004. 218pp.

Contributions by John Somervill; David Walker; J.S. Copeland; James S. Kunen; Peter Reed; Raymond Federman; Pierre-Damien Mvuyekure; Gerald Rosen; John Wilson Swope; Jim Hiduke; Marta Gibinska; Samuel Lyndon Gladden; Neil Isaaks; Barbara Tepa Lupack; C. Macgillivray; Zygmunt Mazur; Beata Piatek; Cheryl A. Roberts; S. Rochette-Crawley; Richard Utz; Wladyslaw Witalisz.

The Year's Work in Medievalism XVII, 2002, ed. Jesse Swan and R. Utz. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, for Studies in Medievalism, 2003. 141pp. 

Medieval Forms of Argument: Disputation and Debate, ed. Georgiana Donavin, Carol Poster, and R. Utz. Eugene, OR: Wipf & Stock, 2002. 178pp. 

These studies illustrate the various high and late medieval transformations of formal and formalized argument, from a broadly interdisciplinary perspective. They challenge today's dominant disciplinary approaches to what was and is still a pervasive mode of thought in the West. Many current treatments of medieval disputational texts have a narrow focus either on the history of scholasticism, rhetoric, and pedagogy, or the genesis and function of such period-specific forms of academic altercation as demonstrative, dialectic, or sophistic disputation, or the later quaestiones, quodlibeta, and sophismata. Moreover, scholarship in literature often ignores the parallel structures of academic argument and narrowly focuses on the narrative and aesthetic functions of debate poem.

Discourses of Power: Grammar and Rhetoric in the Late Middle Ages, ed. Carol Poster and R. Utz. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1999. 154pp. 

Discourses of Power: Grammar and Rhetoric in the Middle Ages provides an exhaustive treatment of its subject by scholars representing various nations, approaches, and disciplines. Supported by a multinational editorial board, the editors have selected scholarly articles, inclusive review essays, and an extensive bibliography. 

Medievalism in the Modern World: Essays in Honour of Leslie Workman. d. R. Utz and Tom Shippey. Turnhout: Brepols, 1998. 452pp.

This interdisciplinary collection of essays from leading scholars in Europe, North America, and Australia examine the phenomenon of medievalism from the perspective of history, politics, scholarship, art, and literature.  The twenty-six essays in this volume examine the process of creating the Middle Ages. In doing so, they honour Leslie Workman, who has led the revival of the study of medievalism in the past two generations, and leads this sub-discipline towards the comprehensiveness that Lord Acton as early as 1859 had promised: ´Two great principles divide the world, and contend for the mastery: antiquity and the Middle Ages. These are the two civilizations that have preceded us, the two elements of which ours is composed. All political as well as religious questions reduce themselves practically to this. This is the great dualism that runs through our society.` While using different approaches and discussing topics in a variety of specialised fields, the contributions clearly centre on negotiating the reception of medieval culture in the Early Modern, Modern and Contemporary periods, thus presenting a broad and representative picture of current research in medievalism.  Reviewed by: Diane Watt, Arthuriana (2001); Christiana De Craecker-Dussart, Le Moyen Âge 109 (2003), 621; Helen Fulton, Parergon, 18/2 (2001), 230-32.

Transformation, Translation, and Transubstantiation in the Late Middle Ages. Ed. Carol Poster and R. Utz. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1998. 256pp.

Contributors: Burton Raffel; Jean Dorat; Gerald Seaman; Nancy B. Warren; Jean-François Kosta-Théfaine; James A. Knapp; David Metzger; Stephan Grundy; Cynthia Brown; Fritz Kemmler; Christine Baatz.

Constructions of Time in the Late Middle Ages. Ed. Carol Poster and R. Utz. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1997. 203pp.

"The editors of this collection deserve congratulations for compiling such diverse attitudes in the medieval concept of time. [...] The concept of time in the middle ages was a complex subject based on observational astronomy (Ptolemaic), religious beliefs, and philosophical dicta. Like medieval astrology it was generated by faith compounded with rudimentary astronomy. Like an comprehensive study of history, the book has value because it teaches us the sources of our convictions today." Sigmund Eisner, Prolepsis (1998)

Nominalism and Literary Discourse: New Perspectives. Ed. Hugo Keiper, R. Utz, and Christoph Bode. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1997. 370pp. 

"The growth of interest in the intellectual history of the Late Middle Ages in Europe has brought forth a host of studies which examine whether changes in Medieval scholastic philosophy, and especially the influential school of Nominalism, may have contributed towards long-recognized changes in literary technique at this period. This volume can be most usefully situated within this debate, though some of its contributions go far beyond the Medieval period to assess Nominalism's influence, if any, upon later writers and, in one case, the writings of the philosopher John Locke.  This is a very useful volume for anyone who is interested in this current of scholarship. It certainly represents the most up-to-date survey of the scholarship on the "paradigm" [...] of nominalist influence on literature. The essays included in it give an exhaustively complete bibliography of scholarship -- both articles and books -- which deal centrally with the influence of Nominalism on literature generally and Medieval literature especially." Grover Furr, The Medieval Review (1999). Also reviewed by: Gaye McCollum-Nickles, Medievalia et Humanistica n.s. 26 (1999), 193-97; James I. Wimsatt, Speculum 74.4 (1999), 1078-81; and Roman Haak, Symbolism (4) 2004, 346-54.

The Late Medieval Epistle. Ed. Carol Poster and R. Utz. Evanston, IL: Northwestern UP, 1996. 206pp. 

"We might conclude this review by recognising that the scholars in this collection echo the significance in the epistolary genre of an emerging modern spirit whose most meaningful key consists in detecting the awareness and presence of one or several intentional subjects in the interior of an apparently formal and objective structure. All the difficulties enclosed in the recognition of this subjectivity, are increased when the remittent is a woman, though it seems now clear that it was precisely women who with greater strength broke free from the rhetorical formalisms and used all the emotional possibilities than the letter provided to her. It is true that this point of view opens the path for a suggestive and interesting analysis, but it is an issue that needs a wider and deeper research in order to limit and define, in a clear and 'impartial' manner, the real role and influence of this 'new' woman emerging within a given masculine cultural world, a role that the classic referents had obviated or accommodated. In all cases, however, the writers in this collection make it clear that, though the authors of the epistles are aware of the existence of a permanent debt to classic models, there is also a clear purpose to revise this tradition and use what was frequently done in a more hidden than open way, yet motivated by the social and economic circumstances." José María Gutiérrez & Ricardo Sola Buil, SELIM: Revista de la Sociedad Española de Lengua y Literatura Inglesa Medieval (2007)

Literary Nominalism and the Theory of Rereading Late Medieval Texts: A New Research Paradigm. Ed. R. Utz. Lewiston, NY: Edwin Mellen, 1995. 256pp.

"In this collection, Richard Utz brings together essays on ‘the promises and problems of a working paradigm’ which has drawn ‘an increasing number of practitioners in recent years.’ His comprehensive introduction has two objectives: to ‘survey when, why and how nominalist readings of late-medieval texts have been generated’ and to ‘delineate how a general paradigm shift in twentieth-century theory’ has led to the gradual acceptance of what he terms ‘literary nominalism;’ and to ‘supply and discuss examples of re-readings of…literature’ based on such a model. The nine essays which follow—six of them on Chaucer—illustrate both the insights and the difficulties such an evolving theory faces, not the least of the latter clustering around the (probably perennial) slipperiness of ‘nominalism’ as a term." Maureen Fries, Arthuriana 7.2 (1997)"In his own lead-off essay, Utz is extremely helpful to readers who are still trying to 'negotiate' the shift, not only by bibliographically surveying its movers and shakers but also by cueing the uninitiated into understanding some of its presuppositions. . . . this volume does offer a competent balance of theory and practice about nominalist criticism of late medieval texts that will lead its catechumens and devotees, and perhaps even the merely curious, through the labyrinth of the new paradigm with a strong Ariadnean thread." Rodney Delasanta, Studies in the Age of Chaucer"His book, a pioneer study on literary nominalism, will interest readers of late medieval literature, particularly Chaucer lovers, familiar with the debate between philosophical realism and nominalism. . . . does nudge us closer to a better understanding of the colorful contradictions inherent in medieval literature as well as in our own theoretical approaches to it." Pamela Lippert.

Investigating the Unliterary: Six Readings of Edgar Rice Borroughs' 'Tarzan of the Apes'. Ed. R. Utz; with the assistance of Elizabeth Sharpe. Regensburg: Martzinek, 1995. 133pp.

Richard Utz: Reading/Teaching Against the Grain: Literariness and Tarzan of the Apes in the College Classroom
Jonna Higgins: Tarzan of the Apes: An Ecofeminist Perspective
Greg Wahl: Me Hero, You Dupe: Gender and the Narrative Division of Labor in Tarzan of the Apes
Chesney Baker: And she liked it: The Romance of Reading Tarzan of the Apes
Daniel Iwerks: Ideology and Eurocentrism in Tarzan of the Apes
Chris Ellsbury: 'B Stands for Bumudomutumuro': Language Gaps in Tarzan of the Apes