Medieval expert headed to Oxford

Wednesday April 11 2012


Dr. Elza Tiner, professor of English and Latin, was one of twenty academics selected worldwide to participate in the "Rhetoric in the 21st Century" Rhetoric Symposium at the Centre for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Oxford University, England, July 3-7.

The Centre for Medieval & Renaissance Studies was founded in 1975 by Drs. John and Sandy Feneley to establish in Oxford a permanent institute for the interdisciplinary study of the Medieval, Renaissance, and Early Modern periods. This symposium is part of an annual summer program of conferences, research fellowships, and other development opportunities arranged for visiting faculty.

In addition to this prestigious selection, Dr. Tiner had a paper titled, "Looking Backward and Forward: Threefold Time and Prophecy in Boethius and Vergil," accepted for presentation at the International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, May 10-13.  This research was initiated in the Vergil seminar taught by Jay Kardan at Randolph College, which Dr. Tiner attended in the summer of 2011.

She will also present a paper at the International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, England, July 9-12 on "Breaking the Rules Across Genres: The Fall of the Angels in Vincent of Beauvais' Speculum Historiale and Thomas Chaundler's Liber Apologeticus.

Dr. Tiner was also accepted to the Visiting Scholars Programme, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies, Toronto, for summers 2012 and 2013. She will complete work on two papers: 1) the tradition of the fall of the angels in medieval Latin texts, as it relates to Middle English biblical drama, and 2) parallels in phrasing between 13th-century Vincent of Beauvais, Speculum Historiale (Historical Mirror) Book I, Chapter X, on the fall of the angels and 15th-century Thomas Chaundler's play,  Liber Apologeticus (Apology: In Defence of Human Nature in Every State) suggesting that the latter copied from a version of the former, in adapting the prose legend to dramatic monologue.