JANE BEAL, PhD, is an Associate Researcher in the Department of English at the University of California, Davis. Her new book, The Signifying Power of Pearl, is forthcoming from Routledge.  She is the author of John Trevisa and the English Polychronicon, editor of Illuminating Moses: A History of Reception from Exodus to the Renaissance, and co-editor of Translating the Past: Essays on Medieval Literature and Approaches to Teaching the Middle English Pearl (MLA, forthcoming). She also writes poetry, fiction, and creative non-fiction as well as new work in translation. To learn more, please visit

TOVAH BENDER is a permanent instructor in the Department of History at Florida International University. Her research focuses on Florence in the 1400s, and on the themes of daily life, social networks, and issues related to gender and the family, particularly for non-elites. Publications include “The Case of the Missing Girls: Sex Ratios in Quattrocento Florence,” in The Journal of Women’s History (2012).

HELEN BROOKMAN, PhD, is the Director of Liberal Arts and Pro-Vice-Dean (Innovation in Education) in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities at King’s College London. Alongside her interests in education and interdisciplinarity, Helen’s disciplinary research interests relate to the modern reception of Old and Middle English literature, particularly translation. Her recent publications include articles on Jessie L. Weston’s interpretation of Gawain; on the creation of Caedmon in the nineteenth century; and, with Julia Horn, on using close reading as a method of educational enquiry.

JULIE HARPER ELB earned her Ph.D. in Early Modern European history and currently teaches world and European history courses as well as an interdisciplinary history and immunology course, “The Science and History of Contagious Disease” at the Westminster Schools in Atlanta, GA. She is currently revising a monograph on food and issues of femininity in eighteenth-century England as well as working on her fourth novel, a psychological thriller. Her most recent publication is “‘A mint of phrases in his brain:’ Language, Historiography and The Authorship Question in Love’s Labour’s Lost,” which appeared in The Oxfordian, 17, September 2015.

ALISON HARPER is a fourth-year graduate student at the University of Rochester currently working on a dissertation on late 15th century miscellany manuscripts. She is also a Mellon Fellow, and works on the university’s Blake Archive, as well as a few independent digital projects. For the last three years she has been working as a staff editor at Middle English Texts Series.

KYLE HUSKIN is a PhD candidate in English at the University of Rochester. Her research examines the intersection of gender and material culture, especially manuscripts, in medieval popular literature.

SUSAN MORRISON writes on topics lurking in the margins of history, ranging from medieval women pilgrims to excrement and waste in the Middle Ages. Professor of English at Texas State University, she recently published her first historical novel, Grendel’s Mother: The Saga of the Wyrd-Wife, a feminist retelling of the Old English Beowulf. Her scholarly books include A Medieval Woman’s Companion: Women’s Lives in the European Middle Age (Oxford: Oxbow Books, 2016); The Literature of Waste: Material Ecopoetics and Ethical Matter (NY:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2015); Excrement in the Late Middle Ages: Sacred Filth and Chaucer’s Fecopoetics. The New Middle Ages Series. (New York:  Palgrave Macmillan, 2008); Women Pilgrims in Late Medieval England: Private Piety as Public Performance (London:  Routledge, 2000).

OLIVIA ROBINSON, PhD, is Stipendiary Lecturer in Medieval English at Brasenose College, Oxford, where she has taught Old and Middle English and linguistics since 2011.  She has published on translation between French and English, on manuscripts and early print, and on medieval drama, and she is currently completing a book on fourteenth- and fifteenth-century translations from French and their place within the Chaucer canon.  From October 2016, she will be co-investigator within a major new research project on medieval convent drama, based at the University of Fribourg, Switzerland.

SUSAN YAGER is Professor of English at Iowa State University. Her interests include Chaucer’s language and poetry, medieval studies pedagogy, and medievalism, as well as topics in higher education. She co-edited Interpretation and Performance: Essays for Alan Gaylord (Chaucer Studio Press, 2013) and contributed to the second edition of MLA Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, ed. Peter Travis and Frank Grady (MLA, 2014).

LINDA MARIE ZAERR is a professor at Boise State University, where she specializes in the interdisciplinary study of Middle English romance. Her book, Performance and the Middle English Romance (Boydell and Brewer, 2013), integrates textual, musicological, and cultural scholarship with a performer’s perspective. She uses live performance and recordings of narrative and fiddle playing to explore and demonstrate principles indicated by her research, and she regularly engages students in live performance.

Citation:  The Once and Future Classroom, Volume XII, Issue 2 (Spring 2016)

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