Michael Calabrese

teaching Kant "On the Sublime"
College of Arts and Letters
Department of English
Office Location: ET 629
Phone: X4288 Email: mcalabr@exchange.calstatela.edu

INTRODUCTION

Professor Michael Calabrese has taught at CSULA since 1994. 

 


TEACHING INTERESTS

Medieval and Classical Literature; Critical Theory; Ancient World Literature; Comparative Mythology and comparative religion.

 


RESEARCH

Chaucer; Langland; Middle English Literature; Medieval Continental authors; manuscript studies; electronic editing.

 

EDUCATIONAL BACKGROUND

Ph.D., English, University of Virginia, August, l991

MA, English, University of Virginia, May, l986

BA English, Concentration in Medieval Studies, Columbia University, 1983

 

Piers Plowman. Hm143 at the Huntington Library

 


PUBLICATIONS AND PRESENTATIONS

Books

Chaucer's Ovidian Arts of Love.  Gainesville: University Press of Florida, l994.

"Ye, baw for bokes”: Essays on Middle English Verse and Poetics in Honor of Hoyt N. Duggan." Co-edited with Stephen Shepherd.  Marymount Institute Press, 2013.

An Introduction to William Langland's Piers Plowman. New Perspectives on Medieval Literature Series. University Press of Florida, 2016. 

 

Editions

Hm 128, a Huntington Library Manuscript of the B-text of Piers PlowmanThe Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, Volume 7.  Boydell and Brewer and the Medieval Academy, 2008.  With Hoyt Duggan and Thorlac Turville-Petre.  Also on line: http://piers.iath.virginia.edu/index.html

           

Peer-Reviewed Essays and Articles

 "Langland's Last words." Readings in Medieval textuality: A Festschrift for A.C. Spearing. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2016. 

HM 128 as a Medieval Book, in Calabrese and Shepherd, 127-64.

“The Man of Law’s Tale as a Keystone”. Approaches to Teaching Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Ed. Frank Grady and Peter Travis. Modern Language Association of America. In Press.

 “Being a Man in Troilus and Criseyde and Piers Plowman.  Masculinities in Troilus and Criseyde, ed Tyson Pugh and Marcia Marzec. Boydell and Brewer, 2008: 161-182. Also, in this volume, co-author of the “Introduction: The Myths of Masculinity in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde” with Tison Pugh and Marcia Smith Marzec.

“Chaucer’s Dorigen and the Female Voices of the Decameron,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer 29 (2007): 259-92.

Chaucer's Legends of Good Women in MLA Guides to Teaching:  Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde and the Minor Poems.  (New York: MLA, 2006): 101-06.

“The Corrections and Erasures in Hm 143, a C-text of Piers Plowman,Yearbook of Langland Studies 20 (2005): 169-99.

"Controlling Space and Secrets in the Lais of Marie de France."  Place, Space and Landscape in Medieval Narrative, ed. Laura Howes.  Tennessee Studies in Literature.  Knoxville: U. of Tennessee Press, 2007: 79-106.

"Prostitutes in the C-text of Piers Plowman" Journal of English and Germanic Philology, 105 No. 2 (2005): 275-311.

“Male Piety and Sexuality in Boccaccio's Decameron. Philological Quarterly, 83 No. 3 (Summer 2003): 257-76.

"Performing the Prioress: 'Conscience' and Responsibility in Studies of Chaucer's Prioress's Tale."  "The Ends of Historicism: Medieval Literary Studies in the New Century," ed. Elizabeth Scala.  Texas Studies in Literature and Language.  44:1 Spring, 2002: 66-91.

"Men and Sex in Boccaccio's Decameron.”  Medievalia et Humanistica, 28, 2002: 45-72.

"Ovid and the Female Voice in the De Amore and the Letters of Abelard and Heloise."  Modern Philology, Summer 97: 1-26.  Reprinted by the Gale Group, 2002. 

"Between Despair and Ecstasy: Marco Polo's Life of the Buddha."  Exemplaria:  A Journal of Medieval and Renaissance Studies and Theory, X, no. 1 Spring 1997: 189-229.

"Feminism in the Packaging of Boccaccio's Elegy of Lady Fiammetta.Italica, Spring 97: 20-42.

"The Rhetorics of Sexual Pleasure and Intolerance in the Middle English Cleanness" (with Eric Eliason).  Modern Language Quarterly, 56, no. 3, 1995: 247-275.     

"The Lover's Cure in Ovid's Remedia amoris and Chaucer's Miller's Tale."  English Language Notes 31, no. 3, l994: 13-18.

"Meretricious Mixtures': Gold Dung and the Canon's Yeoman's Prologue and Tale."  Chaucer Review, 27, Number 3, l993: 277-92.

"Make a Mark that Shows': Orphean Sexuality, and the Exile of Chaucer's Pardoner."  Viator, 24, l993: 269-86.

"May Devoid of All Delight': January, The Merchant's Tale, and the Romance of the Rose," Studies in Philology, LXXXVII, No. 3 (Summer, l990): 261-84.

 

Commissioned Academic Essays and Editorial Work

 

"Interior Negotiations: Piers Plowman and the Dream Vision Genre." The Blackwell Companion to British Literature. Vol. 1. Ed. Robert DeMaria, Jr., Heesok Chang, and Samantha Zacher.

 “Alliterative Wombs and the Wars of Alexander.” In Middle English Alliterative Poetry: Essays in Honour of  Thorlac Turville-Petre. Ed. Hoyt Duggan and John Burrow. Four Courts Press, Dublin, 2010.

“From Troy to 95 Lincoln Place, Irvington, NJ: A Virgilian Reading of the Sopranos Underworld.  Considering David Chase: Essays on The Sopranos, Northern Exposure, and The Rockford Files.  Ed. Thomas Fahy (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland Press, 2007): 196-213.

I have been credited with a “special contribution” in a number of volumes in the William Belan English Madrigal Choral Series, providing critical analysis of the madrigals: Gibbons, Orlando. The Silver Swan; Farmer, John. Fair Phyllis I saw; Dowland, John. Come again sweet love (Los Angeles: Gentry Publications, 2007).

I am also credited with a “special contribution” in William Belan, A Handbook for the Performance of English Madrigals. (Los Angeles: Gentry Publications, 2007). For this book I wrote a critical analysis of the madrigals and provided an overview of English prosody and a guide for reading.

Broadview Anthology of British Literature: Volume One: The Medieval Period. Prepared a unit on the poet John Gower, including edited selections from his works and an “In Context” set of supplemental readings. A fuller version is available on the website of that press: http://www.broadviewpress.com/babl/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=19&Itemid=32

"Chaucer's Knight."  In Chaucer's Pilgrims: A Guide to the Professions in the Canterbury Tales.  Ed. Robert and Laura Lambdin.  (Greenwood Press, 1996): 1-13.  

"Boccaccio and Feminism." in Medieval Women: An Encyclopedia.  Ed.  Nadia Margolis and Katherina M. Wilson.  (New York and London: Routledge, 2004).

 

Work In Progress (for peer-reviewed publications)

          Editions in Progress

Hm 143 a Huntington Library Manuscript of the C-text of Piers PlowmanThe Piers Plowman Electronic Archive.  With Hoyt and Gayle Duggan and Patricia Bart.   Also on line: http://piers.iath.virginia.edu/index.html

York University Library , Borthwisk Add ms 196 (W) A Manuscript of the C-text of Piers PlowmanThe Piers Plowman Electronic Archive.  For this ms, I am part of a team of transctribers and editors in a groupr editing project in progress.

 

 

Book Reviews

Note: some of my book reviews are published not in print but in the on-line journal, “The Medieval Review” at: http://quod.lib.umich.edu/t/tmr/; their citation method is yr/mo/day

 

 

The Civic Cycles: Artisan Drama and Identity in Premodern England. Nicole Rice and Margaret Aziza Papanno.  Comitatus Volume 47 (2016): 332-34

Beyond Reformation: An Essay on William Langland's Piers Plowman and the end of Constintinian Christianity. David Aers. Comitatus Volume 47 (2016): 240-42

Scribes and the City: London Guildhall Clerks and the Dissemination of Middle English Literature 1375-1425. Linne R. Mooney and Estelle Stubbs.  The Medieval Review, 14.08.06.

Probable Truth: Editing Medieval Texts from Britain in the 21st-century. Ed. Vincent Gillespie and Anne Hudson. Yearbook of Langland Studies, 2014.

William Langland, Piers Plowman: A Parallel-Text Edition of the A, B, C and Z Versions.  Edited by A. V. C. Schmidt. Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 2011. Second edition. JEGP Vol.112.3 (2013): 394-396.

William Langland, Piers Plowman: A Parallel-Text Edition of the A, B, C and Z Versions. Volume II: Introduction, Textual Notes, Commentary, Bibliography, and Indexical Glossary.  By A. V. C. Schmidt. JEGP Vol 111. Number 1 (January 2012): 127-30.

In Strange Countries: Middle English Literature and its Afterlife. Essays in Memory of J.J. Anderson. Ed. David Matthews. TMR 12.03.01.

Medieval Grammar and Rhetoric:  Language Arts and Literary Theory AD 300-1475, Rita Copeland with Ineke Sluiter. TMR 11.5.07

Desiring Bodies: Ovidian Romance and the Cult of Form. Gregory Heyworth. Studies in the Age of Chaucer 32 (2010): 417-420.

The Seven Seals of the Apocalypse, ed. Francis X Gumerlock. TMT 10.10.2.

Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England, ed. Margaret Connolly and Linne R. Mooney. The Medieval Review. 10.03.07

Geoffrey Chaucer and the Poetics of Disguise. Esther Casier Quinn. The Medieval Review. 09.10.10.

Excrement in the Late Middle Ages: Sacred Filth and Chaucer’s Fecopoetics. Susan Signe Morrison. Speculum. 85.2. (May 2010): 440-41.

The Masculine Self in Late Medieval England. Derek G. Neal. University of Chicago Press, 2008. Clio 2009, Vol 38 no. 3: 359-64.

Allegory and Sexual Ethics. Noah D. Guynn. Speculum 84.1 (January 2009): 150-52.

Manmade Marvels in Medieval Culture and Literature. Scott Lightsey. Yearbook of Langland Studies. 2009.

Chaucer’s Queer PoeticsSusan Schibanoff.  Speculum. 83.3 (July 2008): 748-50.

The Writings of Julian of Norwich. Edited by Nicholas Watson and Jacqueline Jenkins. The Medieval Review 07.10.28.

The Legend of Good Women: Context and Reception. Edited by Carolyn P. Collette. JEGP. 107 No. 4 (October 2008): 530-33.

Ovid’s Art and the Wife of Bath: The Ethics of Erotic Violence.  Marilyn Desmond. Studies in the Age of Chaucer 29 (2006): 482-85.

Translating Desire in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, ed. Craig Berry and Heather Richardson Hayton. Comparative Literature Studies 44 No. 3 (2007): 353-55.

The Siege of Jerusalem, ed. Michael Livingston, The Medieval Review. 06.09.15

Intercies: Studies in Middle English and Anglo-Latin Texts in Honour of A. C. Rigg, ed. Richard Firth Green and Lynne R. Mooney, The Medieval Review 06.01.17.

Abandoned Women:  Rewriting the Classics in Dante, Boccaccio, and Chaucer.  Susan Hagedorn. JEGP, 104 No. 3 (July, 2005): 400-402.

Francesco Petrarch, Petrarch on Religious Leisure, ed. and trans., Susan S. Schearer, The Medieval Review 04.02.43.

Representing Rape in Medieval and Early Modern Literature, ed. Elizabeth Robertson and Christine M. Rose.  Studies in the Age of Chaucer 25 (2003): 416-20.

Thomas Hoccleve 'My Compleinte' and Other Poems, ed. Ellis, Roger, The Medieval Review 02.09.42.

Rape and Ravishment in the Literature of Medieval England.  Corinne Saunders.  Le Cygne. Volume 1, New Series (Fall 2002): 41-44.

The Postcolonial Middle Ages, ed. Jeffrey Jerome Cohen. The Medieval Review 01/10/16.

Glamorous Sorcery: Magic and Literacy in the High Middle Ages, David Rollo.  Speculum 77 (October, 2002): 1386-88.

Richard the Redeless and Mum and the Sothsegger, ed. James Dean, James. The Medieval Review 01/09/20.

Writing East:  The “Travels” of Sir John Mandeville, Iain Macleod Higgins.  Aurthuriana. 2000.

New Medieval Literatures, ed.  Scase, et al.  The Medieval Review, 99.03.16.       

Boccaccio’s Dante and the Shaping Force of Satire, Robert Hollander. The Medieval Review 98.06.09.

Medieval Christian Perceptions of Islam, ed. John Tolan.  The  Medieval Review,  97.09.07.

Geoffrey Chaucer's Wife of Bath, ed. Peter Beidler.  The Medieval Review 96, 10, 15.

Rhetoric, Hermeneutics, and Translation in the Middle Ages, Rita Copeland. Philosophy and Literature, 19, Number 2 (October 1995).

The Complete Works of the Pearl Poet, Casey Finch.  The Medieval Review 95, 4, 5.

Christ's Body, Sarah Beckwith.  Philosophy and Literature, l8, Number 2 (October l994).

Bodytalk, E. Jane Burns.  Philosophy and Literature, l8, Number 2 (October l994).

Women's Lives in Medieval Europe:  A Sourcebook, ed. Emilie Amt. The Medieval Review, 94, 9, 10.

A Legend of Holy Women, Trans. Sheila Delany. The Medieval Review, 94, l, 4.

The Tragic and The Sublime in Medieval Literature, Piero Boltani.  Philosophy and Literature 18, Number l (April l994).

 

RECORDED PERFORMANCES OF MEDIEVAL POETRY

Organizer, Director and performer in the Middle English Cleanness, produced by the Chaucer Studio, 2005 and recorded at the 38th Annual International Conference of Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, MI, May 2003. http://creativeworks.byu.edu/chaucer/

“Absolon” in The Miller’s Tale, Produced by the Chaucer Studio, 1997.  NCS Readings 11. Recorded at the Tenth International Congress of the New Chaucer Society, UCLA, Los Angeles, CA, July 1996. http://creativeworks.byu.edu/chaucer/

Organizer, direstor, performer in Piers Plowman produced by the Chaucer Studio in 2011, 2013 and recorded at the 2009 meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific. http://creativeworks.byu.edu/chaucer/

 

PAPERS PRESENTED AT NATIONAL, INTERNATIONAL AND REGIONAL CONFERENCES

 

 

Textual Reform and Resistance in the editing of Hm143 (X), a Piers Plowman manuscript in the Huntington Library. The 2015 Annual Mereting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific, April 10, 2015, University of Nevada at Reno.

“Grit, Pride, and Empowerment in the Teaching of Medieval Literature at CSULA” CSULA Symposium on University Teaching, March 14, 2015.

“Piers Plowman and Diversity.” Roundtable Discussion. 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, May 2014.

“Teaching Cleanness.” 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Kalamazoo, MI, May 2014.

“Langland’s Failed Revisions across the A, B and C texts of Piers Plowman.” The 2013 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific. March 30, 2012. The University of San Diego.

 

“Is Piers Plowman really a Dream Vision?” The 2012 Annual Meeting of the Medieval Association of the Pacific. Friday, March 30, 2012. Santa Clara University.

“Dream, interpretation and authority in Piers Plowman.” ALSCM Annual Conference. Claremont McKenna College March 10, 2012.

Human Learning and Salvation in Pre-Reformation Literature in England. Conference on Modernity, Critique, and Humanism, California State University, Los Angeles. February 12-13.

“Langland and Gower.”  Medieval Association of the Pacific Annual    Meeting. University of Puget Sound. 2010.

Hm128 as a Medieval Book. Annual Meeting of the New Chaucer Society, Siena, Italy, July 2010.

“Hm 128, a Piers Plowman Manuscript as a “Medieval Book.” Medieval Association of the Pacific Annual Meeting. University of New Mexico. March 7, 2009.

“Alliterative Wombs and the Wars of Alexander.”  International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2008.

“Will and Troilus.”  Medieval Association of the Pacific Annual Meeting. UCLA, March 3, 2007.

“Sexual Stamina and Competition in Boccaccio and Chaucer.” 122nd Annual MLA Convention, Philadelphia PA, December, 2006.

“Being a Man in the Troilus and Piers Plowman,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2006..

“Correction, Erasure, and Authority in Hm 143, a C-text of Piers Plowman.”  Presented at the Third Annual Meeting of the Editorial Board of the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive, UVA, Charlottesville, VA August, 2005.

“Dorigen’s Flirtations and Chaucer’s Boccaccian Depiction of Women’s Language” presented at Words of Love and Love of Words, a conference held at the University of Arizona, April 30, 2005.

"Chaucer's Franklin' Tale and Woman's Boccaccian Language."  Biannual meeting of the New Chaucer Society, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, July 19, 2004.

"Prostitutes in the C-Text of Piers Plowman." Joint Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America and the Medieval Association of the Pacific. University of Washington, Seattle WA,  April 2004.

Uncertainty and Ambiguity in the Editing of MS HM 128 of Piers Plowman."  International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2003.

"Teaching Chaucer to Ethnically Diverse Populations." Panel Discussion. New Chaucer Society Meeting, U. of Colorado at Boulder, July 2002.

"Some Observations on the MSS. of the Prick on Conscience in the Huntington Library."  International Congress on medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 2002. Also session organizer.

"Male Piety and Sexuality in Boccaccio's Decameron." Conference on Holiness and Masculinity.  University of Huddersfield, Huddersfield, England, July 2001.

"Space, Secrets, and the Search for Privacy in the Lais of Marie de France."  International Medieval Congress at Leeds, July, 2001.

"Tracing the Patterns of Scribal Intervention in Hm 128, an early 15th-century ms. of the B text of Piers Plowman." Re-Marking the Text. University of St. Andrews, Scotland, July, 2001.

"Images of Male Impotence in Late Medieval Narrative." Meeting of the Medieval Academy, Arizona State University, March, 2001.

"On Editing Hm 128:  the B text of Piers Plowman." Panel Presentation. 35th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, May, 2000.

"Becoming Male in Ovid's Metamorphoses and Boccaccio's Decameron.  35th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, May, 2000

“The Sexual Initiation of the Young in Ovid’s Metamorphoses and Boccaccio’s Decameron.  American Association of Italian Studies, Eugene Oregon, April 15th, 1999.

"Teaching the Modern Field of Folk:  Class, Ethnicity and Medieval Studies."  31th. International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May, 1997.

"Caliban in the Southland:   Poetics, Politics and Teaching Shakespeare's Tempest."  Sixth Annual CSU Shakespeare Symposium, CSULA, Nov. 22, 1996.

"The Harassment of Modthryth and Feminist Politics in the Medievalist's Classroom."  30th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May, 1996.

"Between Despair and Ecstasy:  Marco Polo's Life of the Buddha."  Medieval Academy Meeting, in Kansas City, 4, 96.

"Sex and Spirituality in Marco Polo's Far East."  South East Medieval Association Meeting,  College of Charleston, 9, 95.

"Medieval Travelers in the World of Suzie Wong"  30th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May, l995.

"Feminism and the Packaging of Boccaccio's Fiammetta."  29th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May, l994.

"God's Praise of Heterosexual Love in the Middle English Cleanness." Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, New Orleans, Louisiana, September, l993.

"Ovid and the Female Voice in the De Amore and the Letters of Abelard and Heloise."  28th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May l993.

"'He do the women in different voices': Three Medieval Ovidian Arts of Love." Southeastern Medieval Association Conference, College of William and Mary, September, 1992.

"'New Armor for the Amazons': The Wife of Bath and a Genealogy of Ovidianism.":  27th International Congress on Medieval Studies. Western Michigan University, May l992.

 

PRESENTATIONS AND INVITED LECTURES (SELECTED)

 

 

Piers Plowman and History. CSULA Department of History Colloquium, September, 2012.

Zhejiang University, September 17, 2012: The Moral, Spiritual, and Religious Doctrines of Geoffrey Chaucer, the Premier Poet of the English Middle Ages.

Hangzhou Normal, University September 19, 2012.. Character, Ethics, and Society in Chaucer: The General Prologue to the Canterbury Tales.

"Editing Piers Plowman and Teaching the Medieval Past" Studies in/of Narrative: Four Critical Essays on Social Facsimiles and Fractured Images of Everyday Life. CSULA Arts and Letters “Powerful Visions” series, Feb 8. 2008 Huntington Library.

"Reading Hm128, a 15th-century Piers Plowman manuscript in the Huntington Library, as a medieval anthology"Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies Inaugural Graduate Conference November 15, 2008.

Teaching Piers Plowman to a 21st-Century Student Body. Loyola Marymont University, October 15, 2007

Contemporary Masculinity Studies and Alliterative Wombs. University of California at Riverside, Mellon Lecture Series, October 8, 2007

Presentations on English poetry and poetics to students in the “Three Summer Masters of Music Program in Choral Conducting,” 2002, 2002, 2005, 2007, 2008.

“Editing the Piers Plowman Manuscripts at the Huntington Library.    Brown Bag Lecture Series, Huntington Library, September, 2005

“The Perfect Marriage: Text and Music in the Madrigal.” Western Division Convention of the American Choral Directors Association. Hilton Hotel, Las Vegas, NV, February 27, 2004

The Perfect Marriage: Text and Music in the Madrigal” CSULA Faculty Colloquium, February 2003.