Medieval and Renaissance Studies

marsMARS (Medieval and Renaissance Studies) members come to us from across several disciplines and colleges to share our interest with the historic period from the end of antiquity (roughly ca. 500) down to the development of the early modern world (roughly up through the seventeenth century).

In the past year or two our presentations have ranged from Shakespeare to medieval hospitals, from manuscript art to Milton’s theology.

We invite one or more visiting scholars each semester to give a talk to the general university public and also lead a workshop for our faculty group; we also take turns highlighting our own members’ work through faculty presentations.

Affiliated Faculty

For more information, contact Charlotte Stanford (CAL)


Malina Stefanovska

February 18, 2015

Stefanovska, MalinaMalina Stefanovska from UCLA discussed the text, “The world and the anecdote in Casanova’s Histoire de ma vie: Between the infinitely large and the infinitely insignificant.” Malina also gave a talk for students.




Albrecht Classen

January 12, 2015

albrecht-classen-WEBAlbrecht Classen of the University of Arizona, German department, spoke to students and faculty on Hrotsvith of Gandersheim, a tenth-century nun who wrote dramatic plays.


Molly Murray

November 3, 2014

murrayMolly Murray teaches and writes about the non-dramatic literature of early modern England.  Her main scholarly interests lie at the intersection of religion, politics, and poetic form; additional interests include autobiography, intellectual history, and the history of criticism. She is the author of a monograph, The Poetics of Conversion in Early Modern Literature: Verse and Change from Donne to Dryden (Cambridge, 2009), and is currently at work on a book-length study of literature and imprisonment from Wyatt to Milton. Her presentation to the Medieval and Renaissance Research Group was  entitled “The Poetics of Conversion In Early Modern English Literature.”



Kelly DeVries

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Kelly DeVries of Loyola University presented on “General Joan of Ark”.