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Volume 8, Issue 3: Thinking Across Tongues

Editors: Mary Kate Hurley (Ohio University), Jonathan Hsy (George Washington University, Andrew Kraebel (Yale University)

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The following articles are available free of charge:

Thinking across tongues by Mary Kate Hurley, Jonathan Hsy and A. B. Kraebel

Jewish heterosexuality, queer celibacy? Ælfric translates the Old Testament priesthood by Mo Pareles

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‘Reading Margery Kempe’s inner voices’
Corinne Saunders and Charles Fernyhough

'The past, present, and future of medical humanities’
Jane Macnaughton

2016 Biennial Michael Camille Essay Prize Winners

Every two years, postmedieval, Palgrave Macmillan, and the BABEL Working Group award the Michael Camille Essay Prize to early-career researchers who write distinctive essays around a chosen theme that bring the medieval and the modern into productive critical relation. This year the theme was “Atmospheric Medievalisms/Medieval Atmospheres.”

Our first-place winner this year is Chloé M. Pelletier, a PhD student in Art History at the University of Chicago, for her essay “The Pilgrim’s Badge: Water, Air, and the Flow of Sacred Matter,” which traces the watery and aery flows of medieval pilgrim badges that were thrown into various European rivers that served as “communal deposits of sacred matter.” As Pelletier herself writes, “In the absence of contemporary accounts to explain these hordes of underwater badges and the hundreds of nearly-invisible pilgrim signs on lofty church bells, synthetic approaches and imaginative interpretations are some of our most valuable assets. They refresh the analytical gaze and facilitate a productive, if sometimes disorienting, oscillation between microscopic and macroscopic perspectives. Somewhere between succumbing to such disorientation and seeking to track the course of a historical phenomenon, this essay envisions the medieval atmosphere as a site wherein water, air, sound, blessings, people, and demons flowed into one another, leaving enigmatic traces of their meetings behind.” Of Pelletier’s essay, the judges wrote, “This essay deftly blended visual evidence, object history, theories of materiality, and historical practice into an evocative discussion of an understudied group of objects. As did the best of Michael Camille's work, it illustrated how a sensitive understanding of contemporary theory can help us to perceive latent meanings in a work, and also how eloquent writing can make a scholarly argument more deeply felt.”

Our runner-up winner this year is Chris Adamson, a PhD student in English at Emory University, with interests in Victorian poetry and medieval influences on Victorian literature, for his essay “The Compromised Chronotope of Christminster: Hardy and Hopkins’s Incarnate Past,” which “traces the ways Gerard Manley Hopkins and Thomas Hardy invoke and compromise what Ina Ferris calls ‘the heroic national past’ centered on the unique chronotope of Oxford” by “respectively present[ing] the city of Oxford as a central confluence of a medieval past and a Victorian present” through the medieval tradition of conceits of wind, air, and breath. Of Adamson’s essay, one of the judges wrote, “a beautifully written essay uncovering interesting tropes these two astonishing minds share in their revision and invention of the medieval past.”

Our thanks to the judges and to all those who submitted essays. For full details of this year’s theme, the Michael Camille Essay Prize, and previous winners, see the ‘Michael Camille Essay Prize’ button on the right hand menu.

postmedieval wins CELJ Codex Award 2015

At the Modern Language Association Convention in Austin, Texas, postmedieval was announced as the winner of the CELJ Codex Award 2015. The annual Codex Award celebrates one journal that covers the period before 1500 and we are delighted at the good news! Our sincere thanks and congratulations to the Editors for their consistent hard work, creativity and enthusiasm.

The judges singled out for particular praise the 2015 issue on "Making Race Matter in the Middle Ages," commenting that "For scholars interested in race as a persistent, if historically changing, conception of the human, the issue offers important ways to consider changes in the meaning of color, the role of embodiment as racial attribute, and the relationship between word and flesh. In ways quite fascinating, the issue also foregrounds questions about the methodological relation between present urgencies and seemingly past histories, defying at once both traditional emphases on linear narrative as well as simple comparativity." The judges also said of the journal more generally, "what is important about it is the way in which it brings together modern criticism and theory in the interest of better understanding the medieval world," continuing, "Thus, the appeal here is quite broad-medievalists will certainly be the main audience for this journal, but scholars working on race, postcolonialism, feminism, and other theoretical specialties will find this journal worth reading."

postmedieval FORUM V has published!

The editors of postmedieval are excited to announce the publication of FORUM V, the fifth in the series of bi-annual supplementary essay clusters associated with the journal. Exploring the idea of a PUBLIC MIDDLE AGES, August's FORUM is a collaborative, fully open access and free-to-view collection, and we hope that you will swap your comments and thoughts to continue and develop the discussion. With thanks to our Forum Editor, Holly Crocker, and the contributors for their excellent work!