Kathryn A. Laity

 

The English Department                                                                                                                                                                                          

The College of Saint Rose                                                                                                                                

432 Western Avenue                                                                                                                                                                         

Albany, NY  12203

518.485.3778

laityk[at]strose.edu             

http://academic2.strose.edu/Arts_and_Humanities/laityk/               [www.kalaity.com]                                                                                                                            

 

ACADEMIC POSITIONS

 

2010-present       Associate Professor of English (Medieval), The College of Saint Rose

2009-present       Coordinator, Women's Studies Program, The College of Saint Rose

2006-2010                Assistant Professor of English (Medieval), The College of Saint Rose

2003-2006               Assistant Professor of English (Medieval), University of Houston-Downtown

2002-2003                Instructor, University of Houston-Downtown

2001-2002                Instructor, Manchester Community College

1993-2002                Instructor/Graduate Assistant, University of Connecticut

 

EDUCATION

 

Ph.D. 2003, University of Connecticut — Medieval Studies

Dissertation: Local Heroes: The Sociocultural Context for the Development of Vernacular Saints' Lives in Old Irish, Old Norse and Old English. Committee: Frederick M. Biggs (director), Robert J. Hasenfratz, Thomas N. Hall (University of Illinois-Chicago)

M.A. 1995, University of Connecticut — Medieval Studies

A.M.  1985, University of Southern California — International Relations

A.B.  1983, Michigan State University — James Madison College

 

TEACHING

 

COLLEGE OF SAINT ROSE (all courses have companion Blackboard pages)

English 114: Introduction to Literary Genres and Traditions

English 134: Medieval Literature

English 206: Creative Writing

English 226: Women & Writing (Early Periods)

English 230: Topics in Early British Literature

English 252: Writing for New Media

English 279: Film: Theory and Practice: "Three Weeks of Terror: A History of Horror Film"

English 328/History 380: Texts and Contexts in The Middle Ages

English 342: Studies in Medieval Literature: "Medieval Texts on Film", "Masculinities & Medieval Film"

English 379: Studies in Film: "Writers in Motion"

English 516: Survey of Medieval Literature

English 566: Literature, Performance and Visual Narrative

 

UNIVERSITY OF HOUSTON-DOWNTOWN

 

English 4390: Topics in Language & Literature—Medieval Texts on Film, Spring 2004

English 4314: Major Authors—Chaucer, Fall 2005, Spring 2003

English 3354: Film as Narrative—Horror Film, Summer 2003

English 3340/HUM 3310: Cultural Criticism—Canterbury, 2006

English 3315: Speculative Fiction, Spring 2005

English 3309: Creative Writing, Fall 2003, 2004

English 2313: British Literature from its Beginnings to 1800, Fall 2002-2006

English 1302: Composition II, Fall 2002-2006

 

UNIVERSITY OF CONNECTICUT

 

English 112: Classical and Medieval Literature, Spring 2002

English 111: Writing Through Literature, Fall 2001

English 110: Seminar in Writing, Fall 2000

English 109: Literature & Composition, 1994-2001

English 105: English Composition, Fall 1993

 

MANCHESTER COMMUNITY COLLEGE

 

Writing & Publishing Genre Fiction, Spring 2002

The Truth About Vikings, Spring 2002, Fall 2001

Viking Magic & Mysteries, Excursions in Learning, February 2002

 

PUBLICATIONS

 

BOOKS

 

Bold Warriors and Gentle Knights: Medieval Masculinities on Film. Proposal submitted to University Press of Mississippi.

 

ESSAYS

 

"Avast, Land Lubbers! Reading Lost Girls as a Post-Sadeian Text." Lost Loves: Why Men and Women Make It (or Dont) in the Work of Alan Moore. Eds. Todd Comer and Joseph Sommers. Forthcoming.

 

"Rite Here: Ritual, Performance and the Magick of Place." Studies in Comics (2011): forthcoming.

 

"'Won't Somebody Please Think of the Children?': The Case for Terry Gilliam's Tideland." Under submission.

 

"London Demons: Cursed, Trapped and Haunted in William Heaney's [Graham Joyce's] Memoirs of a Master Forger [2008]." 21st Century Gothic: Great Gothic Novels since 2000. Ed. Danel Olson. Lanham, MD: Scarecrow Press, 2011. Forthcoming.

 

"The Gilda Stories" and "The Vampire Lifestyle." Encyclopedia of the Vampire. Ed. S. T. Joshi. Greenwood Press, Nov 2010.

 

"Wild Desire: Gendering the Other in Sinisalo's Troll: A Love Story." Mythic Imagination (Aug 2010).

 

"Joanna Russ on Slash Fiction." Guest blog. Teach Me Tonight: 24 January 2010.

 

"Heofen rece swealg: Neomedievalism and Spectacle in Grendel: Transcendence of The Great Big Bad." Studies in Medievalism 22 (2009): 15-25.

 

"Medieval Community:  Lessons from The Black Knight." LATCH: A journal for the study of the Literary Artifact in Theory, Culture, or History 1 (Nov 2008): 134-155.

 

"Me and Margery Kempe."  Wild Violet (2008).

 

"Grimma Gaest." Human Cuisine. Eds. Ken Albala and Gary Allen. New York: Book Surge, 2008. 209-213.

 

"Up on the Roof:  Understanding an Anglo-Saxon Healing Practice."  Societas Magica Newsletter 18 (Fall 2007): 1-8.

 

"Domus inferna Sancti Guthlaci:  A Rediscovery of the Twelfth-Century Narrative of The Saint and the Money Pit." The Interplanetary Journal of Comic Arts: A Festschrift in Honor of John Lent.  Ed. Michael G. Rhode.  Washington DC: JLME, 2007. 13-27.

 

"Roses, Beads and Bones: Gender, Borders and Slippage in Tove Jansson's Moomin Comics." Tove Jansson: A Collection of Critical Essays.  Eds. Kate McLoughlin and Malin Lidstrm Brock. Newcastle: Cambridge Scholars Press, 2007. 166-183.

 

"The Virgin Victim:  Re-imagining a medieval folk ballad in The Virgin Spring and Last House on the Left." Folklore/Cinema: Popular Film as Vernacular Culture. Eds. Sharon R. Sherman and Mikel J. Koven. Logan, UT: Utah State UP, 2007. 180-196.

 

"Imagineer: Clive Barker's Queering of the Conservative Bent of Horror Literature."  Horrifying Sex: Sexual Difference and the Sexual Other in the Gothic Imagination.  Ed. Ruth Bienstock Anolik. Jefferson, NC: McFarland, 2007. 248-258.

 

"The Sorcerer." Icons of Horror and the Supernatural. Ed. S. T. Joshi. Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2006. 565-589.

 

"Living the Mystery:  Sacred Drama Today."  The Journal for the Academic Study of Magic 3 (2006): 263-276.

 

"Reconciling the Dominions: Brigit as Heroic Saint in the Bethu Brigte."  Revising per reader comments from Modern Philology.

 

"Mr. Punch in Literary Space: Post-Apocalyptic Performance Ritual in Riddley Walker." Puppetry International Magazine 19 (Spring and Summer 2006): 26-30.

 

"Picking up the chalk again." Quiet Mountain Essays 3.4 (Oct 2005).

 

 "Illusory Adversaries?: Images of Female Power in Sandman: The Kindly Ones."  The Sandman Papers. Ed. Joe Sanders.  Seattle: Fantagraphics, 2006. 65-76.

 

"Clive Barker" and "Books of Blood."  Supernatural Literature of the World: An Encyclopedia. Eds. S. T. Joshi and Stefan Dziemianowicz.  Westport, CT: Greenwood Press, 2005. 80-84, 138-139.

 

"Translating Saint as (Vi)King: St. Olaf in the Heimskringla."  Viator 35 (2004): 169-202.

 

"From SBIGs to Mildred's Inverse Law of Trailers: Skewing the Narrative of Horror Fan Consumption."  Horror Film: Creating and Marketing Fear. Ed. Steffen Hantke.  Jackson, MS: University Press of Mississippi, 2004.  173-190.

 

"Clive Barker" and "Ramsey Campbell." Supernatural Fiction Writers. 2nd edition. Ed. Richard Bleiler. Farmington Hills, MI: Scribners & Sons, 2003: 61-70, 177-188.

 

"Constructing a 'Female Hero': Iconography in Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adle Blanc-Sec."  International Journal of Comic Art 4.1 (2002):  163-169.

 

"False Positives: The Katherine-Group Saints as Ambiguous Role Models."  Magistra 7.2 (2001):  64-99.

 

 "A High Steppin' Filly:  Effluent Juissance in Dame Darcy's Meatcake."  Indy: Spring 1998. Online (25 ms pp) Reprinted as "Dame Darcy e os poderes da BD" in Quadrado 3:3 (2001): 46-52.

 

COLUMN

 

Weekly columnist on technology and culture, BitchBuzz: Global Women's Lifestyle Network. March 2009-present.

 

FICTION

 

"A Plea on Behalf of the Small Hat League." Humor. The State of Imagination 1 (Jan 2011): forthcoming.

 

The Mangrove Legacy. Novel (as Kit Marlowe). Tease Publishing, Dec 2010.

 

"Panopticon? Yes, please!" Humor. Polite Company (Nov 2010).

 

"Sex and How to Get It." Humour. Polite Company (Nov 2010).

 

"Fear and Loathing in Deptford." Short story. Women's League of Ale Drinkers 1 (Oct 2010): 29-40.

 

"High Plains Lazarus."  Short story.  Rotting Tales. Ed. Jessy Marie Roberts. Pill Hill Press, 2010.  

 

"The Big Splash." Novella (as Kit Marlowe). Noble Romance, 2010.

 

"The Last Ant." Humour. Wild Violet 9.2 (2010).

 

Pelzmantel (revised & expanded edition). Novel. Immanion Press, 2010.

 

"Touched by an Angel." Short story. Kalkion (June 2010).

 

"Lachrymae Draconis." Short story. Realms 2 (Spring 2010): 3-12.

 

"A Case of Dead Faces." Short story. Nocturnal Illumination. Ed. Kerry Morgan. Boston: Pagan Imagination, 2010. 73-84.

 

"Rothko Red." Flash fiction. FinNALA Newsletter 3.2 (Aug 2009): 6-7.

 

"Wixey." Short story. Wild Violet 8.1 (2009).

 

Unikirja [Dreambook]. Short story collection (+ play). Aino Press 2009.

 

"Kantele." Short story.  Kippis 1.1 (Winter 2009): 41-50.

 

"The Princess and Her Pig." Poem. New Fairy Tales 1 (October 2008): 18-19.

 

Book. Play.  Mused 2.3 (September 2008).

 

"Fluorescence." Short story.  The Harrow 11.7 (July 2008).

 

"Eating the Dream." Short story. Femspec 8.1 (2008): 108-117.

 

Bell. Play. Mused 2.1 (March 2008).

 

Jane Quiet. Comic book. Crazy Mama Productions (March 2008). Issue #1.

 

"Raising Lempi." Short story. Circle 100 (Winter 2007): 31-33.

 

"Tangled up in Some Sort of Cerulean Hue." Short story. Ephemera 3 (December 2007): 49-52.

 

"Corrections to the Rules of Fimble Fowl (for 3 players or 4)."  Humor.  Wild Violet 6.2 (2007).

 

"Palakainen."  Short story.  New World Finn 7.2 (2007): 4-6.

 

 Con-Eire. Play. Premiered at Trinoc-con, Raleigh, NC, July 2006. Available via Lulu.

 

Fiasco. Play. Presented in workshop reading by UHD English Department, October 2005.

 

"Vipunen."  Short story.  New World Finn 6.3 (July-Sept 2005): 22-24. Reprinted in Mythic Passages (July 2007).

 

"On Buffalo Bayou."  Short story.  New Texas (2005): 92-108.

 

 "Sun Thief."  Short story.  Marion Zimmer Bradley's Sword and Sorceress XXI. New York: DAW Books, 2004. 133-142.

 

"Songs of Defiance."  Poem.  Bayou Review Spring 2006.  53-4.

 

"Kerttu."  Short story.  New World Finn 4.2 (April-June 2004): 7-9.

 

Pelzmantel: A Medieval Tale.  Novel.  Niceville FL: Spilled Candy Books, 2003. Nominated for 2003 Aesop Prize, International Reading Association Children's Book Award.

 

 "Wordgeryne."  Short story.  Lovecraft's Weird Mysteries 5 (May 2002): 42-46.

 

"Sinikka Journeys North."  Short story.  The Beltane Papers 25 (2001): 14-19.  Reprinted in Mythic Passages (February/March 2004).

 

"Walpurgisnacht."  Short story.  The Seeker Journal 13.5 (2001):  6-9.

 

 "A Gift House."  Short story.  Masters of Terror's House of Horror (April 1998).  Online.

 

"The Eleventh Commandment."  Short story. Rictus 9 (1997).   Online.

 

"Another Metamorphosis: A Moral Tale About Obsession."  Short story. Dream Forge (November 1996).  Online.

 

"Revelation."  Short story.  The Official Clive Barker Page, Online, www.clivebarker.com. Winner, MGM/United Artists/Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions Short Story Contest, November 1995.

 

REVIEWS

 

King Kong Theory by Virginie Despentes. Book review. Femspec 10.2 (Dec 2010): 98-99.

 

Women in Science Fiction and Fantasy by Robin Anne Reid, ed. Book review. Femspec 10.2 (Dec 2010): 100-102.

 

Women and the Divine: Touching Transcendence by Gillian Howie and J'annine Jobling, eds. Book review. Femspec 10.2 (Dec 2010): 103-105.

 

Women and Medieval Epic: Gender, Genre, and the Limits of Epic Masculinity by Sara S. Poor and Jana K. Schulman, eds. Book review. The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (Fall 2010): 256-258.

 

Faust: My Soul Be Damned for the World by E. A. Bucchianeri. Book review. Journal of Folklore Research (Mar 2010).

 

Deleuze and Horror by Anna Powell. Book review. Journal of the Fantastic in the Arts 19.1 (2009): 119-122.

 

"Vampires in Lapland." DVD Review. Up Against the Wall 11 (Feb/Mar 2008).

 

Monsters of our Own Making: The Peculiar Pleasures of Fear by Marina Warner. Book review. Journal of Folklore Research (Jan 2008).

 

Moomin: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip, Vol. 2, by Tove Jansson. Book review. New World Finn 7.4 (Winter 2007): 25.

 

The Rise and Rise of Michael Rimmer. DVD review. Up Against the Wall 10 (December 2007).

 

The Mindscape of Alan Moore. DVD review. Up Against the Wall 10 (December 2007).

 

The Magical Self: Body, Society and the Supernatural in Early Modern Rural Finland by Laura Stark.  Book Review. Journal of Folklore Research (Sept 2007).

 

"Jodorowsky Box."  DVD Review.  Up Against the Wall 8 (September 2007).

 

Moomin Book One: The Complete Tove Jansson Comic Strip by Tove Jansson.  Book Review. International Journal of Comic Art 9.1 (2007): 710-11.

 

Alice in Sunderland by Bryan Talbot. Book Review. Up Against the Wall 7 (June 2007).

 

"Fun with Sledgehammers or in Search of the Sampo."  DVD Review [Jade Warrior]. Up Against the Wall 6 (April 2007).

 

"Standing on the Beach: Terry Gilliam's Tideland."  DVD Review. Up Against the Wall 6 (April 2007).

 

"Boskone 44: or Life as a Small Press Author at a Big Con." Con Review. IROSF 4.3 (March 2007).

 

How Very Interesting: Peter Cook's Universe and All that Surrounds It by Paul Hamilton, Peter Gordon and Dan Kieran.  Book Review. Up Against the Wall 4 (Dec 2006).

 

Historical Dictionary of Witchcraft by Michael D. Bailey.  Book Review. Journal for the Academic Study of Magic 3 (2006): 321-323.

 

Meet the Beatles by Steven D. Stark.  Book Review. Journal of Popular Culture 39.3 (2006): 504-505.

 

Anglo-Saxon Propaganda in the Bayeux Tapestry by Meredith Clermont-Ferrand.  Book Review.  English Language Notes 43.3 (2005): 84-89.

 

Troll: A Love Story by Johanna Sinisalo.  Book review.  New World Finn 5.3 (July-September 2004): 26.

 

Popular Music from Vittula by Mikael Niemi.  Book review.   New World Finn 5.2 (April-June 2004): 26.

 

 "Japanese Magic: The Girl-Friendly Films of Hayao Miyazaki." With Wendy Goldberg.  Film review.  Femspec 5.2 (2005): 142-3.

 

Coldheart Canyon by Clive Barker. Book review.  The Beltane Papers 27 (2002): 54-55.

 

The Book of Zines: Readings from the Fringe by Chip Rowe. Book review.  Other Voices 1.2 (1998). Online.

 

 

TRANSLATIONS

 

"Against the Water-Elf Disease (Wi Water-lf Adle)."  Translation.  The Bayou Review Fall 2003: 28.

 

"Anglo-Saxon Charm Against a Wen."  Dual-text translation.  The Seeker Journal 13.5 (2001): 12-13.

 

"Against a Swarm of Bees: An Anglo-Saxon Charm."  Dual-text translation.  The Seeker Journal 13.3 (2001): 11.

 

"Erce:  Earth Goddess—An Anglo-Saxon Charm." Dual-text translation. Avalon Rising 1.3 (1999): 14-15. Reprinted as "Erce: Earth Goddess." The Seeker Journal 13.2 (2001): 18-19.  Reprinted as "Erce: Earth Goddess."  The Pagan's Muse. Ed. Jane Raeburn.  New York: Citadel Press, 2003: 80-82.

 

 

CONFERENCES / PRESENTATIONS / GUEST LECTURES

 

"Rite Here: Ritual, Performance and the Magick of Place." Magus: Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Work of Alan Moore, University of Northampton, May 28-29, 2010.

 

A Bigger, Better Beowulf: Masculinity & Medieval Film. 40th Annual Popular Culture Association Conference, St. Louis MO, March 31-April 3, 2010.

 

"Poe and 'Palakainen'" (reading). Poe and the Writers of New England, University of Massachusetts, Amherst. October 29-31, 2009.

 

"Revising Masculiinity in Beowulf. " Studies in Medievalism Conference, Siena College. October 8-10, 2009.

 

"Harry Potter and Medieval Magic."  Sterup Medieval Festival. September 12, 2009.

 

"140 Characters: Narrative and New Media."  Great Writing Conference, University of Bangor.  June 19-21,2009.

 

"Avast Land Lubbers!: Reading Lost Girls as Post-Sadeian Text." Angela Carter: A Critical Exploration, University of Northampton. June 5-6, 2009.

 

Organizer and presider, "Teaching Medieval Texts with Popular Culture" sponsored by the Medieval Popular Culture Area, Popular Culture Association. 44th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 7-10, 2009.

 

Organizer and presider, Medieval Popular Culture panels. 39th Annual Popular Culture Association Conference, New Orleans LA, April 8-11, 2009.

 

Organizer and presider, "Medieval Masculinities on Film" sponsored by the Medieval Popular Culture Area, Popular Culture Association. 43rd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 8-11, 2008.

 

"'We'll Have to Invent a New Language': Medievalism and Gender Construction in Moira Buffini's Silence." Bone Dreams Conference, University of Oxford.  April 26, 2008.

 

Guest speaker. RELG 250, Women and Religion (Honors), Religious Studies Department, Siena College. April 11, 2008.

 

Panelist, "The World of Tolkien." William K. Sanford Town Library, Colonie, NY. April 1, 2008.

 

"Phror, becadom, sissirishic and huwf: Alan Moore writes without some pictures." 38th Annual Popular Culture Association Conference, San Francisco, CA. March 19-22, 2008.

 

Guest speaker. SSP 100.36, Myth Conceptions, Classics Department, Skidmore College. November 8, 2007.

 

"Heofen rece swealg : Neomedievalism and Spectacle in Grendel: Transcendence of The Great Big Bad." 22nd Annual Conference on Medievalism, London, ON. October 4-6, 2007.

 

"Domus Inferna Sancti Guthlaci: A Rediscovery of the Twelfth-Century Narrative of The Saint and the Money Pit."  42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 10-13, 2007.

 

"Medieval Community:  Lessons from The Black Knight."  42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 10-13, 2007.

 

"Finnish Charms: Appropriating Folk Magic from the Kalevala and Kanteletar." Forging Folklore Conference, Harvard University.  May 3-5, 2007.

 

"Pissing, Shagging and Roaring:  Performing Masculinity in Beowulf and Grendel."  37th Annual Popular Culture Association Conference, Boston MA. April 4-7, 2007.

 

"Roses, Beads and Bones: Gender, Borders and Slippage in Tove Jansson's Moomin Comics."  Tove Jansson Conference, Oxford, England.  March 24, 2007.

 

"Sorceress  and Anchoress:  Visualizing the Lives of Medieval Women." 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 3-7, 2006.

 

Panelist, "Writing the Middle Ages for Young Readers: A Roundtable." 41st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 3-7, 2006.

 

"'Half a Giant':  Performing 'Green' Masculinity in Sword of the Valiant:  The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight." 36th Annual Popular Culture Association Conference, Atlanta GA. April 12-16,2006.

 

"Joy of Warriors: Juliana's Masculine Ecstasies."  Gender and Medieval Studies Conference, Cambridge, England.  January 6-8, 2006.

 

"'I would like to have him as my friend':  Masculinizing the Conversion in Njal's saga."  Modern Language Association Conference, Washington D. C.  December 27-30, 2005.

 

"The Body of the Earth in Anglo-Saxon Charms:   An Eco-critical Perspective." Texas Medieval Association Conference, Houston, TX.  October 14-16, 2005.

 

"How to Cure Elf-shot and Fend off a Wen."  The Witching Hour: Harry Potter Symposium, Salem, MA.  October 6-10, 2005.

 

"A Dozen or So Weird (but true!) Facts about the Middle Ages."  Trinoc-Con, Raleigh, NC.  July 15-17, 2005.

 

"Casting the Circle: Ritual and the Body of the Goddess."  The Conference on Women and the Divine, Liverpool, England.  June 17-19, 2005.

 

"You do not have the right to remain silent: Women and Magic in the Corrector et medicus of Burchard of Worms."  40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI. May 5-8, 2005

 

"Imagineer: Clive Barker's Queering of the Conservative Bent of Horror Literature." 2005 NEMLA Convention, Cambridge, MA. March 31-April 2, 2005.

 

"The City as the Body of the Poet: William Blake's London in Alan Moore's Angel Passage. 35th Annual Popular Culture Association, San Diego, CA.  March 23-26, 2005.

 

Organizer, Medieval Popular Culture Area.  35th Annual Popular Culture Association, San Diego, CA.  March 23-26, 2005.

 

"Blood Feasts and Roof Riding: Women as Witches in Anglo-Saxon England."  2004 South Atlantic Modern Language Association, Roanoke, VA.  November 12-14, 2004.

 

Co-Organizer. Thinking About Teaching: Approaches to General Education and the Core Curriculum, UHD, Houston, TX. October 1, 2004.

 

Public Relations Assistant/Academic Liaison. Mythic Journeys, Atlanta, GA.  June 3-6, 2004.

 

"'Vi wif gemdlan':  Women as Witches in Anglo-Saxon England."  39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 6-9, 2004.

 

"Medieval Research Without Tears." Fantastic Genres, New Paltz, NY.  April 30-May 2, 2004.

 

Organizer, Medieval Popular Culture Area.  34th Annual Popular Culture Association, San Antonio, TX.  April 7-10, 2004.

 

"Alas, Comitatus!:  Writing about Medieval Texts in Sophomore Lit."  Sharing Voices: Second Annual Conference on Teaching and Writing, Houston, TX.  February 27, 2004.

 

"Smokescreens:  Transparent Disguises, Fog and Smoke in the Fstbr∂ra saga."  38th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 7-11, 2003.

 

Organizer, Medieval Popular Culture Area.  33rd Annual Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, LA.  April 16-19, 2003.

 

"Living the Mystery: Sacred Drama Today."  33rd Annual Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, LA.  April 16-19, 2003.

 

"Inevitable Enmity."  Invited speaker, NEH-sponsored Symposium on The Book of Kings, Walters Art Museum, October 2002.

 

"'It is a trifling matter for God, my lord':  St. lf's Practical Magic in the Heimskringla."  37th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 2-5, 2002.

 

"Translating Saint as (Vi)king: St. lfr in the Heimskringla."  36th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 3-6, 2001.

 

"Construction of a 'Female Hero':  Iconography in Les aventures extraordinaires d'Adle Blanc-Sec."  31st Annual Popular Culture Association, Philadelphia, PA.  April 11-14, 2001.

 

"'Most Foul, Strange, and Unnatural': Shakespeare's Hamlet as Gothic Touchstone."  30th Annual Popular Culture Association, New Orleans, LA.  April 19-22, 2000.

 

"Reconciling the Dominions: Brigit as Heroic Saint in the Bethu Brigte."  34th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 6-9, 1999.

 

Panelist. Technology and Pedagogy Workshop and Roundtable Discussion: "Viking Studies: An Interdisciplinary and Interactive Seminar on the Language, Literature, History, and Culture of Medieval Scandinavia."  34th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI.  May 6-9, 1999.

 

"Fairy Tales Told and Retold: Jeff Smith's Bone and Linda Medley's Castle Waiting."  28th Annual Popular Culture Association, Orlando FL.  April 1998.

 

"'Our Dreams Are Tales': Female Comics Artists Reveal Their Sleeping Stories."  International Comics and Animation Festival, Washington, D.C.  September 1997.

    

Panel Organizer.  "Saint Margaret."  32nd Annual Conference on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.  May 1997.

 

Panel Organizer.  "Virgin Saints and Cultural Hegemony." 32nd  Annual Conference on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.  May 1997.

    

Co-Coordinator, 15th Annual Medieval Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Connecticut. April 1997.

    

"'A High Steppin' Filly': Effluent Jouissance in Dame Darcy's Meat Cake."  27th  Popular Culture Conference, San Antonio.  March 1997.

    

"'For the grure aet grap hire': Horrific Imagery in the Katherine Group Texts." 31st Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University. May 1996.

    

"Illusory Adversaries?: Images of Female Power in Sandman: The Kindly Ones."  26th Popular Culture Conference, Las Vegas.  March 1996.

    

"False Positives: The Katherine-Group Saints as Ambiguous Role Models."  30th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University.  May 1995.

    

"Evil Rival: Mebd in The Tin."  12th Annual Medieval Studies Graduate Student Conference, University of Connecticut.  April 1994.

    

"'Truth' and 'Gentillesse' in the 'Former Age': Chaucer's Franklin's Tale."  15th Medieval Conference, Plymouth State College.  April 1994.

 

 

RESEARCH AND TEACHING INTERESTS

 

Old and Middle English Language, Literature and Culture; Old Norse Language, Literature and Culture; Comparative Mythology; Magic in History; Folklore; Women Writers; Feminist Studies; Popular Culture; Cultural Studies; Creative Writing; Film; Comics; Visual Information and Media Literacy

 

 

RESEARCH LANGUAGES

 

Old English, Middle English, Old Icelandic, Modern Swedish, Gothic, Old High German, Middle High German, Modern German, Old Irish, Latin

 

 

PERFORMANCES

 

"Runo 46: The Bear." With Minna Popkin. Kalevala Day, Finnish-American Heritage Society, Canterbury, CT, February 25, 2007.

"Our Favorite Things." Collegium Mysterium (playing kantele, percussion). Houston, TX, May 2006.

"Calling on the Mythic Muse." Words and Music Workshop, Writers' Colony at Dairy Hollow, Eureka Springs, AR, May 2005.

"Iberian Treasures III." Collegium Mysterium (playing kantele [Finnish harp]). Houston, TX, February 2003.

"Light of the Nations." CitySingers of Hartford (as reader).  Manchester & Bristol, CT, March 2002.

"Magic & the Creation of the Kantele."  Louhi's Daughters.  Kalevala Day, Finnish-American Heritage Society, Canterbury, CT, February 2002.

"Music and Magic of The Kalevala." Louhi's Daughters.  Finn Fest, Philadelphia PA, July 2001.

"Creation of the Kantele."  With Minna Popkin.  Midsummer Festival, Saima Park, MA, June 2001.

"Kantele Trio."  Louhi's Daughters.  Midsummer, Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury, CT, June 2001.

"Music and Magic of The Kalevala."  Louhi's Daughters.  Kalevala Day, Finnish-American Heritage Society, Canterbury, CT, March 2001.

"Anglo-Saxon Yule."  Winter Solstice, Connecticut Audubon Society, Glastonbury, CT, December 2000.

"Vinminen and Aino."  Louhi's Daughters.  Kalevala Day, Finnish-American Heritage Society, Canterbury, CT, February 2000.

 

ACADEMIC SERVICE

 

National Area Chair, Medieval Popular Culture Area, Popular Culture Association, 2002-present.

Member, Editorial Advisory Board, Femspec, 2007-present

Member, Editorial Board, International Journal of Comic Art, 1998-present.

 

Coordinator, Women's & Gender Studies, CSR Summer 2009-present; Member, Women's Studies Steering Committee, CSR 2006-present.

Co-sponsor, Sigma Tau Delta, CSR 2008-present.

Member, English Department Graduate Committee, CSR 2006-present

Member, English Department Events Committee, CSR 2006-2008.

Producer/Presenter, Prose at the Rose (radio program), CSR 2007-present.

Assessment Working Group for the Middle States Periodic Review Reports, CSR 2008-2009

Security Advisory Committee, CSR 2008-present

 

PhD Dissertation examiner, Sean Christopher McMullen, School of Culture and Communication, University of Melbourne, 2008.

PhD Dissertation committee member, Laurel Lacroix, English Department, University of Houston, 2006.

 

Faculty Advisor, Bayou Review Literary Magazine, UHD, 2003-2006.

Coordinator, Women's Month, UHD, 2002-2006.

Member, General Education University Committee, UHD, 2003-2006.

Ex Officio Member, Student Publications Committee, 2003-2006.

Member, Scholarships for Future Students University Committee, UHD, 2003-2006.

Member, Art Acquisition University Committee, UHD, 2003-2006.

Member, English Curriculum Committee, UHD, 2003-2006.

Member, Composition/1302 Committee, UHD, 2002-2006.

Member, Post-Colonial & Modern British Literature Search Committees, UHD, 2002-2003.

 

Freshman English Orientation Committee, UConn, Summer 2001.

Workshop Leader for the Freshman English Storrs Workshop, UConn, April 2001.

Workshop Leader for the Freshman English Stamford Workshop, UConn, March 2001.

Workshop: "Putting Course Materials for Teaching on the Internet."  UConn, Spring 2000; Fall 2000.

Assistant, London Study Abroad Program, UConn, Fall 1999.

Web Manager, Medieval Studies Program, UConn, 1995-1999.

Co-Coordinator, 15th Annual Medieval Studies Graduate Student Conference, UConn, April 1997.

Mentor for New Instructors, Freshman English, UConn, 1996-2001.

Editor, Medieval Studies Newsletter, UConn, 1994-1995.

Research Assistant for Professor C. David Benson, Spring 1994.

 

OTHER ACADEMIC EXPERIENCE

Co-ordinator, Faculty Affairs, Harvard Medical School, 1990-1993.

Assistant, Registrar's Office, Harvard School of Public Health, 1988-1990.

Graduate Affairs Advisor, Chemistry Department, University of Southern California, 1985-1988.

 

AWARDS AND HONORS

2009 Professional Development Grant, Reassigned Time Grant, The College of Saint Rose

2007 Scholars and Artists Grant, The College of Saint Rose

2006 Finlandia Foundation Grant

2005 UHD Faculty Scholarship/Creativity Award

2005 Eureka Short Story Fellowship

Nominee, 2005 UHD Teaching Award

Nominee, Aesop Prize of the Children's Folklore Section of the American Folklore Society 2003

Nominee, International Reading Association Children's Book Award 2003

Pre-doctoral Fellowship, Medieval Studies Program, 1993—2002.

Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, Graduate School, University of Connecticut, 1999.

Winner, MGM/United Artists/Clive Barker's Lord of Illusions Short Story Contest, November 1995.

 

PROFESSIONAL  MEMBERSHIPS

Phi Kappa Phi

Sigma Tau Delta (Beta Phi)

Modern Language Association

Old Norse Language and Literature Discussion Group, Executive Committee

National

Popular Culture Association

National Area Chair—Medieval Popular Culture

Mythic Imagination Institute

Education Committee

Societas Magica

                           Member

                           Newsletter Editor (2007-present)