Friday, June 22, 2018

CFP Hagiography and Demonology in the Pearl-poet Corpus (9/15/2018; ICoMS Kalamazoo 2019)

The International Pearl-Poet Society has 5 sponsored sessions for next Kalamazoo (compared to our 1), and one of there's is especially relevant here.

Pearl and Sir Gawain Sessions - ICMS 2019

deadline for submissions: September 15, 2018

full name / name of organization: International Pearl-Poet Society

contact email:

International Pearl-Poet Society

Call for Papers — ICMS 2019

The International Pearl-Poet Society is sponsoring six sessions at the 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies (May 9–12, 2019) at Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI.

5) Fifty Shades of Green: Hagiography and Demonology in the Pearl-poet Corpus

Between the celestial city and the shady Green Chapel, the miracles of a London bishop and the Leviathan-underworld in the belly of a sea beast, the works of the Pearl-poet explore the full range of the divine and the infernal. The papers in this session will interrogate the poet’s use of hagiographic tropes as well as material from folk traditions as he crafts his supernatural narratives.

We invite abstracts from scholars of all levels. Papers may deal with one or all of the poems by the Pearl-poet. Paper sessions will consist of either three twenty-minute or four fifteen-minute presentations; all paper sessions will afford at least thirty minutes for discussion. As lively conversation and collaboration are key goals, the pedagogical roundtable can accommodate up to six participants presenting for seven or eight minutes, with approximately half the session reserved for discussion.

Please send your abstract (max. 300 words) and the completed Participant Information Form by

15 September 2018 to

Benjamin Barootes

Pontifical Institute of Mediæval Studies

59 Queen’s Park Crescent East

Toronto, Ontario

Canada M5S 2C4

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Radcliffe Handout on Undead Arthuriana

Here is the text of my handout for my presentation at the Second Ann Radcliffe Academic Conference at StokerCon this weekend (conference information at

Arthurian Monster Mash:
The Undead in Camelot from The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne to the Fiction of Today

Michael A. Torregrossa /

I am a medievalist trained locally at both Rhode Island College and the University of Connecticut at Storrs, and my research focuses on the Arthurian tradition and its representation in popular culture, especially comics. I am very intrigued by the more obscure aspects of the modern Matter of Britain, and a colleague once introduced me at a conference as, “a purveyor of weird Arthuriana.” This tendency has inspired my ongoing work on monsters in Arthurian texts, such as Lovecraft’s menaces (the subject of a presentation this past summer at Necronomicon), a series of papers on vampires at meetings of the Northeast Popular Culture / American Culture Association, where I have served as Fantastic (Fantasy, Horror, and Science Fiction) Area Chair since 2008, and one paper on zombies at a meeting of the Mid-Atlantic Popular Culture Association.

Works Cited:

The Adventures of Arthur at Tarn Wadling.” Five Middle English Arthurian Romances, translated by Valerie Krishna, Routledge, 2014. 

 The Awntyrs off Arthure at the Terne Wathelyne.” TEAMS Middle English Text Series, edited by Thomas Hahn,

Beranak, Adam, and Christian Beranak. Dracula vs. King Arthur four-issue comic book series (2005). (e-books on Amazon and comiXology)

Flores, David R. Dead Future King five-issue e-comic series (2012). (formerly on Amazon) 

Raimi, Sam. Evil Dead franchise (1981-). (multiple sites)

Robertson, Mark, illustrator. “The Adventure of Tarn Wathelyne.” The Unknown Arthur: Forgotten Tales of the Round Table, by John Matthews, Blandford, 1995, between pp. 96 and 97. 

Sinor, Bradley H. Lancelot the vampire series of short stories (1996-). (multiple sites and collections, including Echoes from the Darkness, In the Shadows, and Where the Shadows Began & Other Stories)

Toorchen, Anthea, illustrator.  The Adventures of Tarn Wathelyne.” The Unknown Arthur: Forgotten Tales of the Round Table, by John Matthews, Blandford, 1995, back cover.

Wolfe, Ron, and Dusty Higgins. Knights of the Living Dead first three issues of e-comic series (2012). (comiXology)