Academic Journals/Books


Please use this post to share information about the academic journals or books from which you choose an article/chapter to present.

Some potentially useful links:


Conference paper presentations

Presenting Conference Papers: Humanities

  • This is excellent. Read it twice. It has a lot of really really useful info on how to write a paper you’re going to present out loud.

When Professors Profess Too Much

  • More interesting than the article itself, which takes a lenient view of papers that exceed their time limits, are the comments.  The main idea: do not go over your time limit. Do not go over your time limit. Do not go over your time limit.
  • For your presentations, I will set a timer for 20 minutes. When the alarm sounds, your time to speak is up. If you haven’t concluded your paper, this will not be a successful presentation. It would be great if you could aim for 15 minutes instead of 20, anyway.

Some other pointers

  • For our presentations, your papers should come in at 7-8 pages (12 point Times New Roman font, double-spaced; I usually aim for about 7 pages with 14 point font because it’s easier to read). Even though sources above say you can do 10 pages in 20 minutes, that’s pushing it if you’re reading slowly enough for people to follow you.
  • When you read out loud to practice before your presentation, mark words that give you trouble. I usually find myself stumbling over the same word(s), and when I have them marked, I know to anticipate and get them right.
  • Put things in bold to help you find your place on the page after you look up to make eye contact with your audience. (Look up to make eye contact with your audience, frequently.) One place I use bold is when I have a citation from the primary text or from another scholar.
  • Speaking of citations: they should be in the original language. You can use translations to read aloud, but keep the original in the body of your paper, in case someone in the audience has a question about it.

Journal 7: Le Roman de Silence

(From Darby and Claire)

From verse 4531 to the end, please choose a passage that resonates with you and discuss it in your journal.  You may choose to reflect upon the arguments about gender put forth by both McCracken and Kinoshita.

In the last portion of Silence, we see the culmination of the queen’s evil intent, Silence’s character, and Merlin’s prowess. Kinoshita provides historical context to the story, elucidating the ways in which Silence serves to reinforce normative monastic and patriarchal standards. Although Silence has succeeded in gaining rights of inheritance, the point is moot: “Now an heiress, Silence is transformed into the most marriageable woman in the realm” (71). For discussion, consider how Silence reinforces hegemonic norms, whether through speech, action, or plot.

How to cite Sommer’s translation

On your Works Cited page, you just need the following listing, second line indented:

Sommer, H. Oskar, ed. and trans. The Vulgate Version of the Arthurian Romances. 8 vols. Washington D.C.: The Riverside Press, 1908-1916. Print.

However, when you cite the Old French from Sommer in the body of your paper, you need to indicate both the volume number and the page number. Like this (taken from the OWL website):

. . . as Quintilian wrote in Institutio Oratoria (1: 14-17).