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Dr. Elif Guler presents gender study at JMU, writes pedagogical review for the American Society for the History of Rhetoric

Dr. Elif Guler, Assistant Professor of Professional Writing in the Department of English and Modern Languages, recently presented a study at the 2019 Feminisms and Rhetorics Conference (James Madison University) as part of its session entitled, “Feminist Foremothers.” Dr. Guler’s study, “The Sultanate of Women: Portraying the Rhetoric of the Mighty Mother, Mahpeyker Kosem Sultan,” focused on literary and popular portrayals of Kosem Sultan in the framework of a nearly 130-year period (16th-17th century CE) when the prominent women of the Ottoman Imperial Harem wielded extraordinary political influence over the male sultans and effectively ruled the Empire. Initiated to the Harem as a concubine of Greek origin (named Anastasia), Kosem Sultan later became the favorite and the legal wife of Sultan Ahmed I—who was the one to name her Kösem (meaning “the sheep leading the herd”)–due to her leadership and rhetorical skills. When her son Murat ascended to the throne, Kosem became the Valide Sultan (the highest palace position after that of the sultan) and maintained her regency for the reigning period of three Ottoman sultans (1623-1651). Kosem’s rhetorical roles included not only advising the sultan, but also serving as the acting Sultan, lobbying with various imperial factions, guarding successors of the throne, and even maintaining the social order. Her literary and popular portrayals render Kosem’s rhetorical skills and actions not only as essential to her maintenance of the “Valide Sultan” status but also as a key to her livelihood in the Ottoman Harem.

Previously, Dr. Guler also had a historical and pedagogical review published online by the American Society for the History of Rhetoric: “Turkish Rhetoric at the Intersections of Three Formative Texts.” Dr. Guler’s piece was published, alongside those by prominent scholars of diversity and women’s rhetoric, as part of the organization’s “Diversifying the Teaching of the History of Rhetoric Series.”
From a replica of the 8th-century Orkhon inscriptions (Kül Tigin monument)

Larissa Tracy publishes Medieval and Early Modern MURDER (June 2018)

Medieval and Early Modern MURDER, edited by Larissa “Kat” Tracy, published by Boydell Press (June 2018).

In the medieval period, murder had very specific legal parameters depending on time, culture, geography and legal structures. This volume explores the variety of circumstances associated with murder in the Middle Ages including law, literature, punishments, justifications and prohibitions. By focusing specifically on murder, its various incarnations — assassination, infanticide, mariticide, regicide, tyrranicide or simply homicide — and its social impact, this volume explores the complexity of medieval jurisprudence regarding murder and social responses to murder, as well as the implications of secret killing for medieval communities that were recorded in various literary genres.

Larissa Tracy interviewed for KALA Radio Show and Podcast

Larissa Tracy was recently interviewed for KALA’s “Relevant or Irrelevant” (ROI) Radio program on Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature. You can listen to the radio broadcast here: https://soundcloud.com/kalaradio/roi-330
Or the full podcast interview here: https://soundcloud.com/kalaradio/roi-330-podcast

Jacqueline Secoy published a paper on musician identity development in elementary education majors using ukuleles and YouTube

Dr. Jacqueline (“Jackie”) Secoy, Assistant Professor of Music Education in the Department of Music, is the co-author of a recently published article titled “Exploring the Music Identity Development of Elementary Education Majors Using Ukulele and YouTube” in the peer-reviewed Journal of Music Teacher Education.  The article can be viewed online through this link: https://doi.org/10.1177/1057083719871026

The article explores how to better understand how elementary education majors who take a music course where they are learning to play the ukulele and creating YouTube videos of their playing and singing influences their music identity.  We found that students’ early life experiences informed how they viewed their musician identity in the past and at the beginning of the course, while in-class experiences contributed to higher levels of music participation and confidence.  The study has implications for how music teachers might use ukulele and YouTube to promote individual expression, accountability, self-directed learning, and culturally responsive teaching.

Incite Vol. 11 is now on Digital Commons!

Colleagues! I am pleased to announce that Incite, the undergraduate research journal for the Cook-Cole College of Arts and Sciences, volume 11, is now available on the Library’s Digital Commons.

You can access the complete volume and Table of Contents here, as well as download a pdf copy: https://digitalcommons.longwood.edu/incite/2/

We are now taking student submissions for the volume 12!

Submission details and deadlines can be found here (the site still has the 2018 details but will be updated shortly): http://www.longwood.edu/cas/about/incite/

Many thanks to Hope Alwine at the Library for getting this sorted for us.

Please encourage your students to submit the best of their work to Incite!


Larissa “Kat” Tracy

Larissa “Kat” Tracy publishes paper on kingship and national identity in manuscript studies

Dr. Larissa “Kat” Tracy, Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English and Modern Languages, recently published an article titled “Arthur, Richard I, Charlemagne and the Auchinleck Manuscript: Constructing English National Identity in Early Middle English,” in the peer-reviewed journal Early Middle English (EME) 1.1 (2019): 83–89.

This piece explores the construction of English kingship in the early-fourteenth century Auchinleck Manuscript, which resides in the National Library of Scotland in Edinburgh, and the ways in which medieval English authors reclaimed the legendary King Arthur and historical King Richard I as figures of English national identity in opposition to French figures like Charlemagne.

Tracy is currently finishing a monograph on this manuscript and other medieval English collections titled England’s Medieval Literary Heroes: Law, Literature, and National Identity which she plans to submit to Oxford University Press later this year.


Larissa “Kat” Tracy publishes peer-reviewed article on transvestitism and Chaucer

Larissa “Kat” Tracy, Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English and Modern Languages, recently published a peer-reviewed article in the Medieval Feminist Forum, titled “Chaucer’s Pardoner: The Medieval Culture of Cross-Dressing and Problems of Religious Authority.” This article, which argues that Chaucer’s Pardoner can be read as a cross-dressing woman who disguises herself as a man in order to attain a position of religious power that would otherwise be denied to her, uses contextual and linguistic evidence from Old French fabliaux, Middle English hagiography, Old French romance, and historical narratives of Pope Joan and Joan of Arc to paint a more comprehensive portrait of the larger culture of cross-dressing in late-medieval Europe.

This article is part of a larger monograph on the medieval culture of cross-dressing.

Larissa “Kat” Tracy does radio interview on The Work FM

On July 1, 2019, Larissa “Kat” Tracy, Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English and Modern Languages, did a live radio/video interview on The Frequency of Hope with Stephanie Clark on Richmond Community Radio The Work 93.9FM. The interview, which lasted two hours, covered a range of topics from medieval and modern treason, to modern political ideas about the Constitution, treason law, Game of Thrones, and Historical European Martial Arts.

The video feed and radio archive is available here: https://www.facebook.com/TheWorkFM/videos/487753051995577/


Larissa “Kat” Tracy publishes new edited collection on treason

Dr. Larissa “Kat” Tracy, Professor of Medieval Literature in the Department of English and Modern Languages, recently published her eighth book, an edited collection titled Treason: Medieval and Early Modern Adultery, Betrayal, and Shame with academic press Brill.

Treason had very specific definitions in the Middle Ages: betrayal of the lord/king or country. But treason manifested in multiple ways throughout the medieval and early modern periods including rebellious lords, disloyal subjects, and unfaithful queens. Treason was adjudicated and punished differently in different periods and different communities; often the shame of treason lingered long after the immediate act. Arranged in three thematic sections, this volume investigates the nature of treason in medieval and early modern society in both practice and representation—its consequences, its lasting effects, its impression on societies and social standing. It includes articles dealing with treason, adultery, betrayal, or the shameful consequences of such betrayal in law, literature, art history, history, from across the span of the medieval period and into the early modern period. This collection includes seventeen interdisciplinary articles, including Tracy’s piece “The Shame Game, from Guinevere to Cersei: Adultery, Treason and Betrayal.”

Her other books include Torture and Brutality in Medieval Literature (D. S. Brewer, 2012), Women of the Gilte Legende (D. S. Brewer, 2003) and the edited collections Heads Will Roll: Decapitation in the Medieval and Early Modern Imagination, with Jeff Massey (Brill, 2012), Castration and Culture in the Middle Ages (D. S. Brewer, 2013), Wounds and Wound Repair in Medieval Culture, with Kelly DeVries (Brill, 2015), Flaying in the Pre-modern World (D. S. Brewer, 2017), and Medieval and Early Modern Murder (D. S. Brewer, 2018).

Dr. Elif Guler publishes pioneering article in Advances in the History of Rhetoric, chairs panel/presents paper in Copenhagen

Dr. Elif Guler, Assistant Professor of Professional Writing and Rhetoric with Longwood’s English and Modern Languages Department, recently published an article in Advances in the History of Rhetoric. The article entitled, “Understanding Turkish Rhetoric in the Intertextuality of Two Seminal Texts: The Orkhon Inscriptions and Ataturk’s Nutuk” (with I. Goksel, vol. 22 no. 2, pp. 194-207), constitutes the first study that discusses the characteristics of the Turkish rhetorical tradition. The study examines the ways in which Turkic/Turkish rhetoric was practiced and conceptualized in two seminal texts from the pre-Islamic and republican periods of the Turkish rhetorical tradition: the Orkhon inscriptions (8th century) and Atatürk’s Nutuk (1927). The intertextuality of these texts helps explore their relationships across time and space as well as mediate rhetorical styles and performances in their discourse. By focusing on how rhetoric was produced and understood by Turks – a group whose history spans centuries since their ancient origins in central Asia, the study contributes to the conversations on a more globalized and inclusive rhetorical praxis.

Dr. Guler was recently also invited to present a paper and chair a panel–including scholars from Thailand, Serbia, Ukraine, and Colombia–at a conference organized by the International Institute of Social and Economic Sciences and held from June 23-27 in Copenhagen, Denmark. Dr. Guler’s paper entitled, “Rhetoric for Divine Bliss: The Cultural and Pedagogical Implications of Kut and Tore as the Pillars of Turkish Rhetorical Tradition,” explored some of the major Turkish historical texts’ teachings on how to use language, explaining the texts’ aim to educate an ‘ideal rhetorical agent’ who has to study language in order to effectively communicate with and utilize authority and power. The findings suggest that the notions of kut and töre underwrite these historical texts (from the 8th and 11th centuries) as the pillars of performing in/with language. Kut roughly represents a divinely sourced bliss. Töre refers to a certain set of moral principles that are supposed to guide and govern an individual’s behavior–principles that, when followed, leads to an individual’s eternal bliss and, when violated, might result in his or her demise. Rather than defining rhetoric as “the moral person speaking,” historical Turkish texts suggest that attaining kut requires subjecting the ‘tongue’ to a certain rhetorical training which is what ensures one’s morality (proper following of the töre). Dr. Guler discussed how such non-Western texts can present us with different sets of rhetorical conventions that raise interesting questions and can provide scholars with various points for critical discussion about how to exercise a moral understanding of rhetorical agency in our quest to advance the civil discourse.

Replica of one of the stone monuments constituting the Orkhon inscriptions (located in Ankara, Turkey)