The Medieval and Renaissance Studies Program seeks to promote the past as vibrant intellectual subject of study. It is dedicated to fostering interdisciplinary work within departments; to building connections between departments; and to bringing MU in contact with nationally recognized medieval and Renaissance scholars.

We are a growing and dynamic group of students and faculty who share an interest in these two fascinating periods. On this website you will find links to resources in eleven separate departments, as well as events and programs that bring these departments together, from interdisciplinary minors at both the undergraduate and graduate levels, to professional meetings, campus events, social gatherings, and links to resources outside the university. Explore Medieval and Renaissance Studies at Missouri.

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Prof. Megan Moore

c/o Department of Romance Languages
138 Arts & Sciences, University of Missouri
Columbia, MO 65211


Dr. Kramer Wins 2016 SEMA Best First Book Award

Johanna Kramer’s monograph Between Earth and Heaven: Liminality and the Ascension of Christ in Anglo-Saxon Literature has won the 2016 Award for Best First Book in a field of medieval scholarship by the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA). First published by Manchester University Press in 2014, the book will appear in paperback in March 2017.

Caxton Chaucer Page (Re)Discovered!

MU’s Special Collections has made an exciting discovery: a leaf from William Caxton’s first edition of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales! For more on this news, read here:
In a recent post about our 1687 edition of Chaucer we mentioned that we had some exciting news to share about a discovery that we made in our collections. And this is it – a leaf from William Caxton’s...

Dr. Stanton Receives Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship

Dr. Anne Rudolf Stanton (Art History and Archaeology) has received the Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship for work in summer 2016 on her book Turning the Pages: the Power of Narrative in English Gothic Prayerbooks. The prayerbooks in the cluster that she is investigating lie within the cultural orbit and patronage of Isabella of France, who was the daughter of Philip IV of France, the queen and widow of Edward II of England, and the mother of Edward III. Sources documenting her life include an inventory of the moveable properties she held at her death in 1358, which survives at the National Archives in London. During the fellowship period Professor Stanton will complete her examination of the inventory document and present a paper on her findings at the Harlaxton Symposium on “The Great Household” in medieval England. The Bonnie Wheeler Fellowship is intended to provide financial assistance to women medievalists throughout the nation who are close to completing a significant work of research that will fulfill a professional promotion requirement

Graduate Student of History Earns Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant

Alexis Miller (History), was awarded the Helen Maud Cam Dissertation Grant by the Medieval Academy of America. Her dissertation is titled: “Fording the Severn: The Influence of Intermarriage and Kin Networks on the  Development of Identity in Shropshire and Montgomery, From the Norman Conquest to the Edwardian Conquest”

Graduate Student of History Receives Schalleck Award

Danielle Nicole Griego (History) was awarded a Schalleck Award to fund research for her dissertation, “Child Death, Grief and the Community in High and Late Medieval England” Schalleck awards are offered by the Medieval Academy, in collaboration with the Richard III Society-American Branch, in memory of William B. and Maryloo Spooner Schallek, funded by a generous gift to the Richard III Society from the Schallek family. The Schallek Awards support graduate students conducting doctoral research in any relevant discipline dealing with late-medieval Britain (ca. 1350-1500).


MARS Interdisciplinary Works-in-Progress Seminar on “The Aesthetics of Form”

Medieval and Renaissance Studies at the University of Missouri, Columbia proudly announces its Biennial Works-in-Progress Seminar. This year’s seminar is dedicated to the subject of “The Aesthetics of Form.

The seminar will take place on Saturday, April 22, 2017, from 10:30 a.m.–4 p.m. with a reception following the event. All events will be held in 215 Tate Hall on the MU campus.

To register (free) and for further information, please contact Emma Lipton, Chair of Medieval and Renaissance Studies, at This seminar is open to graduate students and faculty at MU and other nearby institutions. The deadline for registration is April 10, 2017.

We are very pleased to welcome three outstanding scholars to our campus. They will discuss the following papers:

Seeta Chaganti, English, University of California-Davis
The Prosaics of Basse danse”
This paper examines an unusual early dance manual, featuring black pages and silver and gold ink, produced in Burgundy. It argues that the manuscript's instructional content collaborates with its visual features to offer a theory of prose form that responds to an emerging prose tradition in the literary culture of this period.

Sheila Blair, Art History, Boston College
Depictions of Violence in Islamic Art 500-1500
This paper focuses on the tomb known as the Gunbad-i ʿAli, constructed at Abarquh in central Iran in AH 448/1056-57 CE, as exemplary of the most creative in the history of medieval Iranian architecture when many materials, forms, and building types became standard, discussing the building’s materials (it is constructed of stone instead of the typical baked brick), its form (it is a rare example of a tall tomb tower built in southern Iran), its date (it is one of the earliest tombs to survive in Iran), and its patron and occupants.

Jonathan P. Lamb, English, University of Kansas
William Shakespeare’s Mucedorus and the Market of Forms
This paper will explore how the material, linguistic, and aesthetic forms surrounding the printed book became firmly installed in the early modern English cultural vocabulary. Bookish forms came to organize human experience, culminating in the period’s identification of the natural world itself with a printed book rather than a manuscript one. Combining book history, digitally-driven formalism, and intellectual genealogy, I contend that the properties of early modern printed books formulated aesthetic, cognitive, and descriptive modes still alive today.

MARS session at the 52nd International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI, May 11-14, 2017!

MARS will again be sponsoring a session at the International Medieval Congress in Kalamazoo, MI. The Panel title is “Aesthetics of Form.” The session is scheduled for Thursday, May 11, at 1:30 p.m. in Bernhard 209 (Session # 81).

The Presenters on the panel will be:

  • Julie Orlemanski, University of Chicago
    "Aesthetics against Form, Reference against Form"
  • Ian Cornelius, Loyola University Chicago
    "Aesthetics of Metrical Form: The Case of Middle English Lyric"
  • Ingrid Nelson, Amherst College
    "Lyric Voices and the Politics of Aesthetics”

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