Welcome to the Medieval Studies Research Blog’s (MSRB) “Best of” news series where we report monthly on our recent publications and exciting initiatives. We’re starting the new school year off right with some great new releases.
This month’s highlights include a new translation, a potentially saintly woman, and a Welsh princess. Our undergraduates have been hard at work as well, and their work addresses some serious, hard-hitting topics. See how brilliantly they tackle these issues in our Undergrad Wednesdays series.
- First, we have a new translation up on our Medieval Poetry Project by CJ Jones, Assistant Professor of German here at Notre Dame. For this translation, she recorded a medieval hymn, the “Ave virginalis forma,” in three different languages: Latin, Middle-High German, and modern English. Check out both her preface and translation.
- Our newest team member published her first posts on our site! See Cait Stevenson’s “Elisabeth Achler von Reute, I: The Expected Saint” and “Elisabeth Achler von Reute, II: An Unexpected Failure or Success?.” Keep an eye out for more posts from Cait this year.
- We also had a guest post by Patricia Taylor, a two-part biography on “‘The Helen of Wales’: Nest Ferch Rhys ap Tewdwr, a Shaper of History (Part 1).”
- Natalie Weber, “Teaching the Canterbury Tales in the Alt-Right Era”
- James DeMaio, “Food for Thought: The Alt-Right and the Prioress’s Tale”
- Meggie Kollitz, “Islamaphobic Rhetoric in Chaucer: Not Just ‘A Thing of the Past’”
- Carolyn Bergdolt, “The Edge of the Woods and Shifting Identities in Sir OrfeoandThe Lord of the Rings”
Stay tuned for our October highlights, including some spooky Halloween monsters!
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