MAA – GSC Events at Kalamazoo

Medieval Academy of America – Graduate Student Committee

Reception: THURSDAY MAY 10, 5:30 PM

Please join the GSC for our annual reception at Kalamazoo in Fetzer 1045. This will be a great opportunity to meet and greet fellow graduate students. We very much hope to see you there!

We are also sponsoring a roundtable:

Roundtable: SATURDAY MAY 12, 3:30 PM

Valley 1, Room 102

The GSC is sponsoring a panel this year entitled “The Canon in the Classroom.” Please join us for a lively discussion about how changes in the field of medieval studies, as well as in the classroom, affect syllabi and approaches to teaching medieval literature. How do we construct a teachable medieval literary canon? If authors such as Chaucer tend to be well represented on syllabi, how do we best integrate less widely studied authors or texts? Is the teachable canon a monolingual Middle English one or should Latin, Anglo-Norman, French, or even Italian, appear on the syllabus, and, if so, how do we then manage a multilingual course offering? Does a wider embrace of non-medieval periods affect the construction of syllabi? These are but some of the questions we hope to raise in this discussion. Please join us to hear Jeffrey Jerome Cohen (George Washington), Ian Cornelius (Yale), Fiona Somerset (Duke), and David Wallace (University of Pennsylvania) speak on their experiences of dealing with teaching canonical and non- canonical texts.