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Lone Medievalist Prize for Scholarship

2019 Lone Medievalist Prize for Scholarship
Tory V. Pearman, Disability and Knighthood in Malory’s Morte Darthur
We are proud to award the 2019 Lone Medievalist Prize for Scholarship to Tory V. Pearman for the book Disability and Knighthood in Malory’s Morte Darthur. The book examines the intersection of disability and knighthood throughout Malory’s text, noting a dependence upon disability that produces a system of knighthood that relies on a repeating pattern of ability/disability: the bodies of knights must be broken, must bleed, and must eventually heal, only to replicate the pattern in a continuous loop. The (dis)abled body of the knight is thus transmitted across and through the text, emblematizing the Morte’s fixation on the wholeness and fragmentation of physical and social bodies. In this textual anxiety, clear demarcations between the body and its fluids, the sacred and profane, the masculine and feminine, the virginal and sexual, and the disabled and able-bodied blur. Disability and Knighthood in Malory’s Morte Darthur was published in Routledge’s Medieval Literature and Culture Series in 2019.
Honorable Mention: Melissa Ridley Elmes, “Public Displays of Affliction: Women’s Wounds in Sir Thomas Malory’s Morte Darthur
Melissa Ridley Elmes’ article examines women’s wounds in Malory’s Arthuriad as a driving narrative force that calls attention to the public and universal nature of violence in the text, with emphasis on evaluating that violence from a gendered perspective. “Public Displays of Affliction” appeared in Modern Philology 112 (2019): 187-210.
Honorable Mention: Erin K. Wagner, “‘Ech good gramarien hath power to construe Scripture’: Grammar and the Vernacular in the Theology of Reginald Pecock”
Erin K. Wagner’s article argues that Reginald Pecock, though obsessed with the rectitude of his own work, stumbled into heresy (in the eyes of the medieval Church) by his scholastic engagement with the English vernacular. This study is important to understanding the development of the theological vernacular in England—and advances the current state of scholarship on Lollardy and heresy in the late Middle Ages, namely by continuing to complicate definitions of orthodoxy. This article is forthcoming this year in Studies in Philology.

2018 Lone Medievalist Prize for Scholarship
Jonathan Fruoco, Les faits et gestes de Robin des Bois
We are proud to award the 2018 Lone Medievalist Prize for Scholarship to Jonathan Fruoco for the book Les faits et gestes de Robin des Bois: Poèmes, ballades et saynètes, published by UGA Editions in October 2017. This important edition and its accompanying commentaries represent a unique contribution to French Robin Hood studies, providing access to texts that previously did not exist. Texts in the edition include a variety of genres, spanning ballads to plays. Self-identifying on Twitter as the “lone Chaucerian lost in Grenoble,” Fruoco is committed to scholarship that is accessible both to academic and public audiences.
Honorable Mention: Cameron Hunt McNabb, “Staging Disability in Medieval Drama”
Cameron Hunt McNabb’s article “Staging Disability in Medieval Drama” is an article in the forthcoming Research Companion to Medieval Disability Studies. This work will be essentially the first scholarship that looks at disability in medieval drama and expands the concept of the “religious model” of disability into theories of performance.
Honorable Mention: Elan Justice Pavlinich, “A Princess of Color amid Whitewashed Medievalisms in Disney’s Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor
Published in Studies in Medievalism in 2018, Elan Justice Pavlinich’s article “A Princess of Color amid Whitewashed Medievalisms in Disney’s Sofia the First and Elena of Avalor” engages with medievalisms that continue to erase marginalized groups, particularly people of color, and reinforce the false narrative of a whitewashed Middle Ages. The article encourages more engagement with popular culture in order to correct these misconceptions.

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