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Welcome to EXM: a blog of theory in medieval and renaissance studies! Associated with Exemplaria, EXM provides a digital space for the discussion of the latest work being done in Medieval and Renaissance studies.

Over the past 25 years, Exemplaria has established itself as one of the most consistently interesting and challenging periodicals devoted to Medieval and Renaissance studies. From the journal’s well-received first issue in 1989 to winning the 2011 Phoenix Award for Significant Editorial Achievement from the Council of Editors of Learned Journals and its 25th anniversary symposium, held in February of 2012, “Surface, Symptom, and the State of Critique,Exemplaria has consistently been at the forefront of theoretical approaches to pre- and early modern texts, discussing issues relevant to the texts at hand, the methodologies employed, and the field of literary studies at large.

Managed by graduate students, EXM extends the journal’s mission to provide a forum for different terminologies and approaches. Moreover, it exemplifies alternate modes for approaching and engaging academic work by tapping into the synchronous, distributed, and conversational nature of digital spaces and social media.

Expect regular posts that take up matters raised in recent issues and invite (perhaps even incite!) further conversation. (A statement on the blog’s comment moderation policy can be found here.) Our first post, from Meghan C. Andrews, looks to Nicholas Birns’ “‘To Aleppo gone’: From the North Sea to Syria in Chaucer’s Man of Law’s Tale and Shakespeare’s Macbeth” to help her ask some far-reaching questions: how might we more rigorously historicize pre-modern historical genres? Further, in what ways do we need to reconsider standard literary histories of  Shakespeare’s engagement with Chaucer?

You can find a list of upcoming graduate student contributors on the Contributors page.

Thank you for visiting. We’d love for you to stay and join the conversation!