Submission Title

The Importance of Representation in Medieval Studies

Location

Vivian A. Bull Music Center: Delkin Recital Hall

Subject Area

English: Literature

Description

Novice students of Chaucer’s Middle English can more readily understand the texts when audio supplements modeling pronunciation and cadence are available as study tools. However, these supplemental audio materials, and particularly those read in women’s voices, can be difficult to locate. The lack of women’s voices is a reality that has been considered previously in relation to male-dominated scholarship and critical/theoretical gatekeeping in medieval studies, and many have worked to address this problem in the last 20-30 years. Highlighting a problem that is both pedagogical and disciplinary, this video project builds on that previous work to foreground a diverse collection of readers of Middle English texts, especially women and medievalists of color, and provides a platform for a diverse range of people to acoustically interpret the “father” of this literature.

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The Importance of Representation in Medieval Studies

Vivian A. Bull Music Center: Delkin Recital Hall

Novice students of Chaucer’s Middle English can more readily understand the texts when audio supplements modeling pronunciation and cadence are available as study tools. However, these supplemental audio materials, and particularly those read in women’s voices, can be difficult to locate. The lack of women’s voices is a reality that has been considered previously in relation to male-dominated scholarship and critical/theoretical gatekeeping in medieval studies, and many have worked to address this problem in the last 20-30 years. Highlighting a problem that is both pedagogical and disciplinary, this video project builds on that previous work to foreground a diverse collection of readers of Middle English texts, especially women and medievalists of color, and provides a platform for a diverse range of people to acoustically interpret the “father” of this literature.