Thursday, August 21, 2008

Recent Ph.D. Dissertations related to Medieval History and Society

Here is a list of PhD Dissertations completed so far this year (2008):

Dragon kings and thunder gods: Rainmaking, magic, and ritual in medieval Chinese religion, by Joshua Capitanio, Joshua (University of Pennsylvania)

D'une merveille l'autre. Ecrire en roman apres Chretien de Troyes, by Isabelle Arseneau (Universite de Montreal)

Epic, artifice, and audience: The Pierpont Morgan Library's Medieval Picture Bible (MS.M.638) and the Psalter-Hours of Ghuiluys de Boisleux (MS.M.730), by Richard A. Leson (The Johns Hopkins University)

Exploring the variorum: An experimental edition of "Aucassin et Nicolette", by Stephen Charles Martin (University of Virginia)

Favole, parabole, istorie: The genealogy of Boccaccio's theory of allegory, by James C. Kriesel (University of Notre Dame)

Food as a window into daily life in fourteenth century Central Anatolia, by Nicolas Trepanier (Harvard University)

From description to prescription: Twelfth-century medicine for psychological and social health, by Siovahn Amanda Walker (Stanford University)

Gendered lessons: Advice literature for holy women in the twelfth century, by Laura Michele Diener (Ohio State University)

"In another kynde": Modes of recognition in Late Medieval English literature, by Lee Basil Manion (University of Virginia)

Kenosis as performance of power in the theology of Julian of Norwich, by Patricia Donohue (Duquesne University)

Kinship and violence in Wales, 800--1415, by Lizabeth Johnson (University of Washington)

Law, order and finance: The development of statecraft in the reign of Henry VII, by Mark R. Horowitz (The University of Chicago)

Lay religious women and church reform in late medieval Munster: A case study of the Beguines, by Erica Gelser (University of Pennsylvania)

God's patients: Suffering and the divine in the "Canterbury Tales", by John Stephen Bugbee (University of Virginia)

Medicine and miracle: The reception of theory-rich medicine in the hagiography of the Latin West, 13th--14th centuries, by Brenda S. Gardenour (Boston University)

Mercenary logic: Muslim soldiers in the service of the Crown of Aragon, 1265--1309, by Hussein Anwar Fancy (Princeton University)

Need not necessity: Purgatorial torment and healing in medieval and early modern drama, by Nicole M. Andel (Duquesne University)

"Piers Plowman" and the invention of the lyric in the Middle Ages, by Curtis Roberts-Holt Jirsa (Cornell University)

Repentance and conversion in the works of Rutebeuf, by Robert H. Henry (Cornell University)

Rhetorical and narrative studies on the Historiae of Richer of Saint-Remi, by Justin Carl Lake (Harvard University)

Rhetorical invention in the Book of Kells: Image and decoration on their flight to meaning, by William Endres (Arizona State University)

Romances copied by the Ludlow scribe: "Purgatoire Saint Patrice", "Short Metrical Chronicle", "Fouke Le Fitz Waryn", and "King Horn", by Catherine A. Rock (Kent State University)

Romancing capital: The gift in Middle English literature, by Walter Philip Wadiak (University of California - Irvine)

Saint Aelred of Rievaulx and Saint Thomas Aquinas on friendship: A comparison of monastic and scholastic theology, by Nathan Lefler (The Catholic University of America)

Symbols of saints: Theology, ritual, and kinship in music for John the Baptist and St. Anne (1175--1563), by Michael Alan Anderson (The University of Chicago)

Taking stock of Middle English popular romance, by Paul Douglas Gaffney (University of Virginia)

The architecture of coexistence: Sunnis, Shi'is, and the shrines of the 'Alids in the medieval Levant, by Stephennie Mulder (University of Pennsylvania)

The Cathars of Languedoc as heretics: From the perspectives of five contemporary scholars, by Anne Bradford Townsend (Union Institute and University)

The grand testamentum of Remigius of Reims: Its authenticity, juridical acta and bequeathed property, by Noel Lazaro Delgado (University of Minnesota)

The landscapes of Saint-Pierre d'Orbais: An anthropology of monastic architecture, by Kyle Killian (Columbia University)

The opacity of renunciation in Chaucer's "Canterbury Tales", by Shawn D. Normandin (Boston University)

The tropological universe: Alexander Neckam's encyclopedias and the natures of things at the turn of the thirteenth century, by Tomas Zahora (Fordham University)

Beyond the social and the spiritual: Redefining the urban confraternities of late medieval Anatolia, by Rachel Goshgarian (Harvard University)

Roger Bacon's faith in science, by Hyrum La Turner, Hyrum (The University of Chicago)

Canopies: The framing of sacred space in the Byzantine ecclesiastical tradition, by Jelena Bogdanovic, Jelena (Princeton University)

People and identities in Nessana, by Rachel Stroumsa (Duke University)

Reinterpretation of the "Palace of Bryas": A study in Byzantine architecture, history and historiography, by Alessandra Ricci (Princeton University)