Spring 2024

Research Writing

Medieval Literature

MDJ 20001 Media, Power and Culture


Publications, Video Work, and Theatre Work

Articles & Book Chapters

“The Boys Are Back in Town: Capital One’s Propagandic Commercials for Alt-Right Nostalgic Imperialism.” Medievalism in a Global Age, Eds. Robert L. Squillace and Angela J. Weisl. (Boydell & Brewer): Forthcoming in 2024.

“‘Capital One’s Condemnation, Conversion, and Eventual Celebration of Mythical Medieval Northern European Males through Allegorical Commercials.” Studies in Medievalism XXXIII: (En)gendering Medievalism. Ed. Karl Fugelso. (Boydell & Brewer): Forthcoming in April, 2024.

“Go Ask Alisoun: Geoffrey Chaucer and Deafland—Deafness as Authority.” Eds. Candace Barrington, Jonathan Hsy and Laura Doyle. Literature Compass: June, 2018.
• Video Clip: Pamela Beish: “I Am the Wife of Bath, Too!”
• Video Clip: “Interview with Edna Edith Sayers

“Envisioning the Good, the Beautiful, and the Ugly: American Deaf Adaptation and Appropriation of British Medieval Works.” Gwen to the Max: A Festschrift for Gwendolyn Morgan. The Year’s Work in Medievalism. Eds. M.J. Toswell, E.L. Risden, Jesse G. Swan, Shiloh Carroll, and Renée Ward. Vol. 31 (2016): 127-135.
Includes video clips:
• Video Clip #1: Playwright Willy Conley
• Video Clip #2: Death and Everyone “Where are we?” scene (Kent Trumbull Theatre, 2009)
• Video Clip #3: Death and Everyone “List of Good Deeds and Bad Deeds” scene (Kent Trumbull Theatre, 2009)
• Video Clip #4: Good Deeds Shows Her Suffering (Kent Trumbull Theatre, 2009)
• Video Clip #5: Beauty and Her Mirror (Kent Trumbull Theatre, 2009)

“The Cyberpunk Road away from Middle-earth toward Virtual Atonement.” The Middle Ages in Popular Culture: Medievalism and Genre. Ed. Helen Young. (Cambria, 2015) : 133-154.

“Electronic Tolkien: Characterization in Film and Video Games.” Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture. Ed. Gail Ashton. (Bloomsbury Publishing, 2015) : 124-133.

“Gesture.” Medievalism: Key Critical Terms. Eds. Elizabeth Emery and Richard Utz. (Boydell & Brewer, 2014): 79-85.

“The Song Remains the Same: Crossing Intersections to Create an Ethical World via an Adaptation of Everyman for Everyone.” (co-authored with Daniel-Raymond Nadon and Nancy M. Resh) Studies in Medievalism XXI: Ethics and Medievalism. Ed. Karl Fugelso. (Boydell & Brewer, 2014): 31-43.

“The Quest for a Deaf Lesbian Dwarf (or Anyone Else that Might Have Been Excluded) in Medievalist Video Games: A Response to Karl Fugelso’s Manifesto.” The Year’s Work in Medievalism. Special Issue: Medievalism NOW. Eds. Karl Fugelso, E.L. Risden, and Richard Utz. (2013): PDF.

“Neomedievalism Unplugged.” (co-authored with Pamela Clements) Studies in Medievalism XXI: Corporate Medievalism. Ed. Karl Fugelso. (Boydell & Brewer, 2013): 191-210.

“Edna Sayers (f.k.a. Lois Bragg.).” Cahier Calin: Makers of the Middle Ages. Essays in Honor of William Calin. Ed. Richard Utz and Elizabeth Emery. Print: Kalamazoo, MI: Studies in Medievalism, 2011.

“A Lesson for Merging Populations. (co-authored with Daniel-Raymond Nadon & Nancy M. Resh) Teaching Drama in the Classroom: A Toolbox for Teachers. Eds. Joanne Kilgour Dowdy and Sarah Kaplan. (Sense Publishers, 2011): 139-144.

“Living with Neomedievalism.” (co-authored with Pamela Clements) Studies in Medievalism XVIII: Defining Medievalism(s) II. Ed. Karl Fugelso. (Boydell & Brewer, 2009): 55-75.

“Introduction: Willy Conley’s Theatre.” Vignettes of the Deaf Character and Other Plays. Willy Conley. (Gallaudet U P, 2009): 1-10.

“Visual Screaming: Willy Conley’s Deaf Theater and Charlie Chaplin’s Silent Cinema.” Signing
the Body Poetic: Essays on American Sign Language Literature, edited by Jennifer Nelson, Heidi Rose and Dirksen Bowman, U of California P, 2006, pp. 195-215. DVD Video Clips 10.1-3, DawnSign Press, 2006:
• Video Clip 10.1: “Loudest Visual Scream.”
• Video Clip 10.2. “Sign-Mime.”
• Video Clip 10.3. “Charlie Chaplin and City Lights.”

Books & Journal Special Issues

Neomedievalism in the Media: Film, Television and Electronic Games, Edwin Mellen Press, 2012. (Ed. with Pamela Clements) (Edwin Mellen Press, 2012).

  • Preface by Richard Utz.
  • Epilogue by Terry Jones.
  • “Introduction.” (1-13)
  • “‘I’m Not Dead, Yet!’—The Pythonesque in Neomedievalist Media.” ( 339-362)
  • “NeoTolkienism: Plays upon Playing with Tolkien’s Playing with Language.” With Pamela Clements. (363-392)
Studies in Medievalism XVI: Medievalism in Technology Old and New. Boydell and Brewer, 2008. (Ed. with Karl Fugelso)
The Cultural Influences of William Gibson, the “Father” of Cyberpunk Science Fiction: Critical andInterpretive Essays, Edwin Mellen Press, 2007. (Ed. with Carl B. Yoke).
—Nominated for the Locus Awards (Locus Magazine), 2008.

  • “Introduction: A Map for this Territory.” (1-10)
  • “The Brain Is a Video Game: Communication Concepts and Gibson’s Mad, Bad Video Game
    World.” (85-97)
  • “Cyber Babes and Byte Dudes: The Environment and Body as Fluid Media for Sexual and
    Gender Identity in Neomedieval and Postmodern Matrices.” (187-206)

Stage Work

Co-Producer and Assistant Director.  See No Beast, Hear No Beast, Speak No Beast. Kent Trumbull Theatre. Kent State University at Trumbull (Champion, OH: October, 2019).  Performances being done in American Sign Language and spoken English, simultaneously.

Lead Playwright, Director, and Co-Producer. ANOTHER Christmas Carol.  Kent Trumbull Theatre. Kent State University at Trumbull (Champion, OH: December, 2017).  Performances done in American Sign Language and spoken English, simultaneously.

Co-Producer and Dramaturg. Snow White and the Seven Dwarves. (Deaf Theatre Version) Adapted by Iosif Schneiderman, William Morgan and Aaron Weir. Kent Trumbull Theatre, Kent State University at Trumbull (Champion, OH: December, 2013). Performances done in American Sign Language and spoken English, simultaneously.

Co-Producer and Dramaturg. For Every Man, Woman and Child—a modern morality play inspired by EVERYMAN. Written by Willy Conley. Kent Trumbull Theatre. Two Production Locations:Kent Trumbull Theatre, Kent State University at Trumbull. (Champion, OH: September/October 2009). The 24th International Conference on Medievalism. (International Society for the Study of Medievalism). Siena College (Loudonville, NY: October, 2009). Performances done in American Sign Language and spoken English, simultaneously.

Video & Website Work

Cyberghost Professor

Polygonal Prose

International Society for the Study of Medievalism (ISSM)
Studies in Medievalism
The Year’s Work in Medievalism

Medieval Electronic Multimedia Organization (MEMO)
The Medieval in Motion

The UNICORN Museum

Website (WordPress)

Museum Workspace (Moodle)

Virtual Spaces (Mozilla Hubs)

The UNICORN is a video game set in a castle museum (The UNICORN) intended to address medievalism(s) in terms of human rights issues.  There are NPCs based upon authentic medieval people and characters, and there are links to exhibits about both historical and literary events.  The UNICORN castle is haunted by ghosts of medieval history and literature, and the quests are to solve the mysteries these ghosts present.

The Snowball Effect: Connecting Deaf and Hearing Cultures on the Stage 

A Documentary and Resource ProjectThemes: Deafness, Community Theatre, Communication, Medieval Studies, Medievalism, Audism, Sexism, Conflict Resolution
FORTHCOMING:
Bibliography
Lessons
Video Interviews of Deaf Scholars and Artists
Documentary Film Series
~~ Everyman for Everyone
~~ Deaf Snow White
~~ ANOTHER Christmas Carol
~~ See No Beast, Hear No Beast, Speak No Beast

Other Short Video Work

Performance