Chaucer Celebration 2010: List of events

March 24, 2010

Thursday, April 1

The Wakefield Master, The Second Shepherds' Play, 3-4 p.m., stage area by Memorial Union

Cast (in order of appearance): First Shepherd: Professor Robert Sturges; Second Shepherd: Professor Richard Newhauser; Third Shepherd: Nathaniel Bump; Mak (a sheep thief): Samuel Estabrooks; Gill (his wife): Jenna Steigerwalt; Angel: Alaya Kuntz; Virgin Mary: Mellissa Sawyer. Shepherd costumes by Kristin Burris. Download Full Image

This nativity play by the so-called Wakefield Master was composed in the mid- to late 15th century and is one of the most famous plays to survive from the Middle Ages. In its dramatic action of sheep stealing, a feigned birth, the mercy shown by the shepherds to the sheep thief, and the shepherds' witnessing of the nativity of Jesus, one can see the subtle interweaving of the playwright's poetic individualism with the theology of the Incarnation.

The dramatic action moves from the farce of concealing a stolen sheep in a cradle and representing it as a baby, in a parody of the holy family and the Incarnation, to the shepherds' presence at the actual Incarnation. The fulcrum on which the plot moves is mercy: the shepherds' mercy in not punishing Mak severely and God's mercy in providing the Incarnation.

Early music concert by the Early Music Chamber Choir, Ryan Olsen, director, 5-6 p.m., Organ Hall, School of Music

Program to be selected from the following: 1. Blow Thy Horn Hunter – Cornysh; 2. Jesu Christes milde moder – Anonymous, 13th century; 3. Man mei longe – Anonymous, 13th century; 4. Edi beo thu hevene quene – Anonymous, 14th century; 5. Sumer is icumen in – Anonymous, 14th century; 6. Alas departynge is ground of woo – Anonymous, 15th century; 7. Worldes blis ne last – Anonymous, 13th century; 8. Of All the Birds – Bartlet; 9. Ah Robin, gentle Robin – Cornysh; 10. Christus resurgens – Sarum chant; with settings of Christ Rising Again, an Easter anthem for the early Reformed Church of England from the mid- to late-16th century.

Choir: Travis Clement, April Cound, Daniel Gerwig, Josiah Hagstrom, Devon Howard, Joe Kim, Ilona Kubiaczyk-Adler, Alaya Kuntz, Thomas Kushibab, Kristen Larue, Lizzie Lee, Biruta Melessa, Mike Nesvold, Ryan Olsen, Colby Picton, Dr. Catherine Saucier, Cheryl Tucker.

Medieval feast, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Durham Language and Literature Building room 165. Potluck – bring a medieval dish!

Medieval film festival I: “The Name of the Rose” (1986), 8-10 p.m., Durham Language and Literature Building room 316.

Friday, April 2

Roundtable discussion on “Chaucer and Religion,” 5:30-7 p.m., Durham Language and Literature Building room 316

Participants: professors Roger Dahood (University of Arizona), Richard Newhauser, and Rosalynn Voaden.

Medieval film festival II: Sword of the Valiant: The Legend of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight (1984), 7:30-9:30 p.m., Durham Language and Literature Building room 316.

On both days

An exhibition of the library's rare holdings of Chaucer editions and related material will be on display in the Hayden Library rotunda exhibit area near the main entrance and in the Luhrs Reading Room (Special Collections) in Hayden Library. The Chaucer display will be exhibited from March 22 to April 5. The items in the exhibit include:
The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer: Now Newly Imprinted.  [Upper Mall, Hammersmith, in the county of Middlesex, Printed by me William Morris at the Kelmscott Press. Finished on the 8th day of May, 1896] (the Kelmscott Chaucer)
The Canterbury Tales: the New Ellesmere Chaucer Facsimile (of Huntington Library MS EL 26 C 9) by Geoffrey Chaucer; edited by Daniel Woodward and Martin Stevens.  Tokyo: Yushodo Co.; San Marino, Calif.: Huntington Library Press, 1995.

The Works of Geoffrey Chaucer, compared with the former editions, and many valuable mss. out of which, three tales are added which were never before printed; by John Urry, student of Christ-Church, Oxon. deceased: together with a glossary by a student of the same college. To the whole is prefixed the author's life, newly written, and a preface, giving an account of this edition.  London, Printed for B. Lintot, 1721.

The Canterbury tales of Chaucer / modernis'd by Mr. Betterton ... [et al.] ; published by Mr. Ogle ; to which is prefixed the life of Chaucer, written by Mr. Urry. Includes: Characters of the pilgrims, by Betterton, Ogle, and Dryden, and prologues and tales by Betterton, Boyse, Brooke, Cobb, Dryden, Grosvenor, Markland, Pope, and Ogle. Dublin : Printed by and for George Faulkner, 1742.

Canterbury chimes, or, Chaucer tales retold for children by Francis Storr and Hawes Turner.  London (1 Paternoster Square): C.K. Paul, 1878.

The Canterbury tales of Geoffrey Chaucer, together with a version in modern English verse, by William van Wyck, illustrated by Rockwell Kent.  New York, Covici-Friede, 1930.

The book of Geoffrey Chaucer; an account of the publication of Geoffrey Chaucer's works from the fifteenth century to modern times.  [San Francisco] Book Club of California, 1963.

The prologue to the Canterbury tales of Geoffrey Chaucer: with an engraving of the pilgrims in the following sequence: the reve, Chaucer, Clerk of Oxford, the cook, the miller, wife of Bath, the merchant, parish priest, serjeant of law, the plowman, the doctor, the franklin, two citizens, the seaman, the host, the sumner, the steward, the pardoner, the monk, the fryar, a citizen, the prioress, the nun, three priests, the yeoman, the knight, the squire / by William Blake. Los Angeles: Plantin Press, 1975.

Special thanks to Katherine Krzys, Curator, and Karrie Porter Brace, Curatorial/Museum Specialist, ASU Libraries, for making the rare holdings of Chaucer texts available during the Chaucer Celebration.

Lisa Robbins

editor/publisher, Media Relations and Strategic Communications


Women's tennis closes home schedule

March 24, 2010

The No. 23 Arizona State women's tennis team will host No. 10 California and No. 12 Stanford in their final home matches of the season. The 11-2 (3-0) Sun Devils will challenge the Cardinal on Friday, March 26 at 1:30 p.m. The following day, the team will hit the court to battle it out with the Golden Bears at noon. Both matches count towards Pac-10 standings.

Last week
The Sun Devils moved up to 11-2 after sweeping both Louisville and BYU last weekend. With all the singles players and doubles teams winning their matches, only two sets were dropped the entire weekend. No. 1 singles player Micaela">">Mi... Hein earned an upset win over BYU's McCall Jones after coming out on top of a 4-6, 6-4, 10-4 battle. Download Full Image

Scouting the competition
The Cardinal comes to Tempe with a 10-1 record and will enter the match coming off a win over Cal Poly. Five singles players are ranked including No. 8 Hilary Barte, No. 37 Mallory Burdette, No. 40 Lindsay Burdette, No. 66 Stacy Tan and No. 85 Carolyn McVeigh. The doubles duo of Lindsay Burdette and Barte are currently second in doubles standings while Mallory Burdette and Tan are ranked 24th. California will be just as tough as the Golden Bears boast the nation's No. 2 player in Jana Juricova. Marina Cossou is currently 16th in the latest poll with Mari Andersson at 50th. In doubles, Juricova and Andersson are currently sixth with Annie Goransson and Tayler Davis at 79th.

Senior salute
This weekend marks the final time ASU seniors Nadia">">Nadia Abdala and Amanda">">A... Martin will play at the Whiteman Tennis Center. Abdala looks to cap her stellar Sun Devil career by earning All-Pac-10 honors for a fourth straight season. Additionally, Abdala made it to the second round of the NCAA Championships last season. Martin is a member of the Barrett Honors College and has been named an ITA Scholar Athlete for the past two seasons.

Two of Pac-10's finest
All-Americans Micaela">">Mi... Hein and Kelcy">">K... McKenna have been named Pac-10 Player of the Week already this season. Hein was selected after helping aid the Sun Devils to a 2-0 conference start with their sweep over the Washington schools. McKenna's upset win over then No. 22 Danielle Lao to put the Sun Devils on top against then-No. 13 USC was acknowledged by the Pac-10.

Home court domination
The Sun Devils are 8-0 at home this season. Four of the Sun Devils wins at home have been 7-0 sweeps against their opponents. In all, the Sun Devils have only dropped seven singles matches in home duals this season.

Crickey Brycki
Despite being out for several weeks at the beginning of the spring season, sophomore Michelle">"... Brycki has put together quite the dual season in her comeback. She is the only member of the team with a flawless dual match record as she is now 9-0 after last weekend. Additionally, Brycki and doubles partner freshman Nicole">">Ni... Smith have only dropped one doubles match this season.

Southern girl
Brycki is not the only sophomore to avoid the sophomore slump. Sianna">">... Simmons rebounded from a tough fall season to a spectacular spring campaign. The native of Atlanta is currently 10-1 in dual matches this season and has won her last eight.

Next up
The Sun Devils head to Los Angeles for two Pac-10 matches against No. 5 UCLA and No. 21 USC in two weeks. The Sun Devils will take on USC on Friday, April 9 and the Bruins loom the following day.