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Prof. Batkie presents on water and complex rhyming

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Dr. Stephanie L. Batkie has presented at two conferences this summer. At the International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, she co-authored a paper, “Langland’s Aquatic Third Vision” with Dr. Katherine Breen of Northwestern University in a session honoring the eminent medievalist, Anne Middleton. The paper explored the role of water as an ecological element in William Langland’s Piers Plowman, arguing that Langland uses water as a fluid metaphor for the role of the church and the individual will in Langland's understanding of salvation.
 
She also presented part of her ongoing work at The New Chaucer Society Conference in Toronto, Ontario. Her paper, entitled “Let’s Talk Leonines: Listening to Forms in Gower’s Vox Clamantis” looked at moments of complex rhyming patterns in Gower’s Latin poetry to argue that Latin in the Middle Ages was a more flexible and experimental language-form than medieval scholars have previously assumed it to be.
 
More information of Dr. Batkie's life and work can be found here.