Recording of Livingston presentation

Thanks to the magic of Bearspace, the recording of Dr. Michael Livingston’s “Tolkien’s Creation by Edition: The Medieval Origins of The Hobbit” is now online and ready to be heard. All those who thirst for his knowledge may slake that thirst by following this link.

The first few minutes consist of introductions by Adam Marshall and Dr. Hanks. Dr. Livingston’s presentation starts at the 8:00 mark.

Be aware that limitations of the equipment used to record the presentation have rendered some parts of it indistinct. A cleaned-up audio file will be posted if such a solution proves more effective than turning up the volume and listening intently.

Inter(departme)n(t)al talent

In the spirit of fostering interdepartmental collaboration and promoting the scholarship of Baylor’s graduate students, the Medieval-Renaissance Research Seminar has found three scholars who are willing to share their research at our final symposium of the semester:

1. The English department’s Laura A. Clark will present “Fate, Free Will, and Narrative Structure in Thomas Malory’s Morte d’Arthur.”
2. The English department’s Christina Iluzada will bring us “A Puritan Woman’s Response to Atomism: Order and Disorder as a Refutation of De rerum natura.”
3. The History department’s Taylor Mazzola will offer “The Evolution of a Thesis: Digitizing Manuscripts and Developing Research Questions.”

This symposium will take place in Jones 200 (on the second floor of the Jones Library) at 4 p.m. on Friday, April 12th. It will last for approximately one hour. Attendance is free and open to all who are interested.

Not to presume…

…but The Citadel’s Dr. Michael Livingston will be delivering a presentation entitled “Tolkien’s Creation by Edition: The Medieval Origins of The Hobbit” from 3:30-4:30 on Friday, March 22nd. Dr. Livingston will discuss how J. R. R. Tolkien’s life as an academic — the professor of medieval literature and languages — is the foundation of his life as a writer — the creator of Middle-earth. The talk will take place in Jones 200, which is located on the second floor of Jones Library.

This event is made possible by the generous support of the English, History, and Modern Foreign Language departments, all of which the Medieval-Renaissance Research Seminar humbly thanks. Attendance is free and open to all who are interested.

The medievalists meet again

The Medieval-Renaissance Research Seminar and its constituents would like to offer their thanks to those who attended Saturday night’s read-around. Thalian and Terpsichorean thrills were experienced by all.

Now, we must prepare ourselves for “The Women in Judas’s Life: Where Did They Come From and Why Do They Matter?”. This presentation will be delivered by Dr. Britt Mize, an English professor from Texas A&M University, and will last for approximately one hour. Come to Jones 200 (on the second floor of the Jones Library) at 4 p.m. on Friday, February 22nd to hear him speak. Attendance is free and open to all who are interested.

Shakespearean drama and readings thereof

We would like to offer a heartfelt thanks to those who made it to our first meeting and listened to Dr. Hunt’s enlightening presentation. The turnout was excellent, and we hope that it will be similarly impressive at the meetings to come.

Our next event, which will precede the attendance of a guest speaker from the faraway land of TAMU, will be held at the domicile of our esteemed colleague Daniel Benyousky. We will herald the coming of warmer weather with a read-around of Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, which will be accompanied by snacks and drinks provided by the participating dramatists. The time and date are set for 7 p.m. on Saturday, February 16th; further details will be announced as they become available.

Come to revel in the company of fellow Shakespeare fans, or simply to listen to them effect humorous accents.

First meeting of the New Year

Esteemed scholars of early English literature,

We hope that everyone is well-rested and well-prepared for another semester after a lengthy holiday break. The Medieval-Renaissance Research Seminar is ready for its first public meeting, which will feature a presentation by Baylor’s own Dr. Maurice Hunt entitled “Shakespeare’s The Tempest and Human Worth.” To partake of this highly renowned researcher’s knowledge, come to Room 200 of the Jones Library at 2:30 p.m. on Friday, January 25th. The presentation will last for approximately 90 minutes.

Additionally, Dr. Britt Mize of Texas A&M University will come to share his knowledge with us on Friday, February 22nd, and Baylor’s graduate students will present some of their own research on Friday, April 12th. Further details about both events will be announced as they become available.

Remember, remember, the 5th of December…

…for that was the day that the Medieval-Renaissance Research Seminar began keeping official records.

We offer you the warmest of welcomes to our blog, gentle readers. Born from the minds of two scholars of Renaissance literature and raised by the tender, loving hands of its founders and their colleagues, this seminar has grown rapidly over the past few months. It is still a young idea, but we believe that it has great potential for further growth. We have a number of speakers ready to spread ideas and foster discussion about Old, Middle, and Early Modern English literature in the spring, and we will use this blog as a means to advertise both speakers and other special events.

We encourage you to accompany us on our scholarly journey. Visit us often to stay apprised of our plans.