New Chaucer Society (Pasadena, July 15-18, 2024): Teaching the Performative Middle Ages

deadline for submissions: 
September 22, 2023
full name / name of organization: 
Christina Fitzgerald, University of Toledo

Organized by Clint Morrison, Jr., and Jeffery G. Stoyanoff

38. Teaching the Performative Middle Ages
Organizer: Christina M. Fitzgerald (

Session Format: Lightning Talks

Medieval writers, readers, and audiences lived in a world replete with performance as a mode of conception, expression, and reception, experiencing even the most seemingly literary-textual works and other cultural products performatively and multimodally, through what Jill Stevenson calls a “performance literacy.” How do we teach those performative “habits of perception” (in Seeta Chaganti’s words) to our students, to help them see medieval multimodality and thus to understand how medieval texts think and make meaning? This lightning talk session invites participants to present a specific example of an activity, assignment, and other classroom engagement in short (5-7 minutes) presentations of how they teach the “performative Middle Ages.”

Please see detailed, two-part submission instructions here: