Fall 2016 Contributors
Dr. Stephanie Downes is a research fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Melbourne. She has published on the representation of emotions in late medieval Anglo-French literary culture, and on the postmedieval reception of material texts from the Middle Ages through to the modern era. With Andrew Lynch and Katrina O’Loughlin she is the editor of Emotions and War: Medieval to Romantic Literature(Palgrave), and with Sally Holloway and Sarah Randles, Feeling Things: Objects and Emotions through History (OUP, forthcoming).
Rebecca F. McNamara holds a DPhil in English from the University of Oxford. She held a Postdoctoral Fellowship at the Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions (“CHE”), where she researched emotions related to suicide in the Middle Ages, and she was an Associate Lecturer in English at the University of Sydney. Rebecca is now based in Los Angeles, where she is a Lecturer in English at UCLA, and in 2016 she was a Mayers Research Fellow at the Huntington Library. She has published a number of articles on methodologies in the history of emotions and emotions related to suicide in medieval literature and culture, and she has edited a special issue journal on emotions related to death and dying in the medieval and early modern periods.
Paul Megna is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the ARC Centre of Excellence for the History of Emotions at the University of Western Australia where he is working on a project on emotion and ethics in medieval passion plays and their modern descendants. He received an MA in English from the University of Rochester and a PhD in English from the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has published articles in PMLA, The Yearbook of Langland Studies, Exemplaria, and Glossator. He has an essay forthcoming in a collection entitled Everything you Always Wanted to Know about Literature but Were Afraid to ask Žižek (Duke UP). He is currently at work on a monograph entitled Existential Emotion in Middle English Literature.
Ulrike Wiethaus (PhD, Religious Studies, Temple University) holds a joint appointment in the Department for the Study of Religions and the American Ethnic Studies Program at Wake Forest University. Her research interests focus on the history of Christian spirituality with an emphasis on gender justice and political history, and most recently, historic trauma and the long-term impact of US colonialism. Her most recent book-length publications include American Indian Women of Proud Nations: Essays on History, Education, and Language, co-edited with Cherry Beasley and Mary Ann Jacobs. New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2016; a monograph, Medieval German Mysticism and the Politics of Culture, New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2015; and Trauma and Resilience in African American and American Indian Southern History, co-edited with Tony Parent, New York: Peter Lang Publishing, 2013.
Ricarda Wagner studied English, German, and Classics at the Universities of Heidelberg and Cambridge, UK. She is currently a junior lecturer at the German Department of the University of Heidelberg, where she teaches medieval literature. Her PhD dissertation examines exile and displacement in a corpus of texts ranging from Carolingian court poets to Old Norse sagas.