Martha Johnson-Olin

Department: English Department/Liberal Arts Division
Title: Instructor
Phone #: (304) 788-7141
E-mail: mmjohnsonolin@mail.wvu.edu

Courses Taught:
Developmental Writing
English 101: Composition and Rhetoric
English 102: Composition and Rhetoric
English 293N: Fairy Tales, Storytelling and Adaptation
English 263: Shakespeare 1

Publications

“A Story Capable of Enchanting the World: Cinderella and Its Many Variations” The Cinderella Bibliography. Ed. Russell A. Peck. 2015. Available < http://d.lib.rochester.edu/cinderella/text/cinderella-introduction >

Virginia Blanton, Martha M. Johnson-Olin, and Charlene Miller Avrich, eds. Medieval Women in  Film: An Annotated Handlist and Reference Guide, with Essays on Teaching The Sorceress. Medieval Feminist Forum, Subsidia, no. 1, second edition. 2014. Available < http://ir.uiowa.edu/mff/subsidia >.

“Fairy Tale Motifs in Medieval Literature: An Annotated Bibliography for Teachers.” The Once and Future Classroom: Resources for Teaching the Middle Ages in Grades K-12 8.2 (2010), Available www.teamsmedieval.org/ofc/SP09/Fall2010FairyTale.html

“A Mutually Exclusive Curriculum: Course Themes with Mass Appeal.” The Composition E-Newsletter 6 (2006). Produced by the University of Missouri-Kansas City.

Works in Progress

Martha M. Johnson-Olin, ed. Le Bone Florence of Rome. Middle English Texts Series. Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, forthcoming.

Teaching and Research Interests

Composition (all levels); British Literature; Medieval Literature; Middle English Romance; Folklore (narratives and motifs); Representations of Women; Female Voicing; Narrative Structures; Chaucer; Shakespeare; Gower; Arthurian Literature; Feminist Criticism; Biblical Narrative; Mythology; Paleography; Literary Theory; Film Theory; Race and Film.

Conference Proceedings/Presentations:

“A Woman Alone: Gower’s Peronelle and Her Use of Language,” West Virginia Association of College English Teachers, West Liberty University, April 2015.

“‘Dude Looks like A Lady’: Questioning Medieval Romance Terminology for Gender Assumptions,” West Virginia Association of College English Teachers, West Liberty University, October 2014.

“‘He mythe noght the maide asterte’: Aggressive Humility in the ‘Tale of Three Questions,’” International Gower Society Conference, University of Rochester, July 2014.

“Keeping Things in the Family: Female Voicing through Silence in Lay le Freine,” Mid-America Medieval Association Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City, April 2013.

“Falling into Madness: Chaucer and the Thought Process of Rape,” New York College English Association (NYCEA) Conference, St. John Fisher College, October 2010.

“And lat hym care, and wepe, and wrynge, and waille!”: Chaucer’s Clerk as Advocate of Masculine Virtue,” 42nd International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2007.

“Finding the Egaré in Sir Degaré: An Assessment of Female Heroism,” Mid-America Medieval Association Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City, February 2007.

“And lat hym care, and wepe, and wrynge, and waille!”: Chaucer’s Clerk as Advocate of Masculine Virtue,” Mid-America Medieval Association Conference, Emporia State University, February 2006.

“Seeing Anxiety as an Enabling Tradition: A Response to Gilbert and Gubar,” English Graduate Student Association Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City, November 2005.

“A Late Reply: Christine de Pizan’s Response to the Romance of the Rose,” Mid-America Medieval Association Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City, February 2005.

“Possession or Person, Property or Power holder: The Role of the Biblical Handmaiden,” English Graduate Student Association Conference, University of Missouri-Kansas City, November 2004.

Faculty Collaborators at Others Colleges/Universities

Russell A. Peck, University of Rochester, The Cinderella Bibliography http://d.lib.rochester.edu/cinderella

Fun Fact

I am a fan of science fiction and fantasy films and novels. My favorite shows include Doctor Who, Continuum, Haven, and Grimm.

 

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