Medieval Perspectives is the journal of the Southeastern Medieval Association (SEMA). It is a refereed journal disseminated in paper form to all SEMA members and in electronically to the wider world through the EBSCO “Humanities International” database. Indexed in the MLA and International Medieval Bibliography, MP publishes papers that were originally offered at the annual conference of the Southeastern Medieval Association or at sessions sponsored by SEMA at the South Atlantic Modern Language Association (SAMLA) and at the International Congress on Medieval Studies (Kalamazoo).

Medieval Perspectives is published annually by the Southeastern Medieval Association and is made available to members of the Association through their payment of annual dues.

The editorial staff is comprised of three people:

Editor-in-Chief: Britt Mize, Associate Professor of English, Texas A&M University

Book Review Editor: Amber Dunai, Assistant Professor, Department of Humanities, TAMU-Central Texas

Editorial Assistant: Melissa Filbeck, Ph.D. student, Department of English, Texas A&M University

Submisson Guidelines

Papers from any SEMA conference or SEMA-sponsored sessions at other conferences may be submitted for consideration for publication in Medieval Perspectives. All submissions should represent original research that has not been published elsewhere. Note that the deadline for submissions is Friday, January 19, 2018. Send all submissions and inquiries to Britt Mize at Please also note that papers delivered in past SEMA conference (or those declined in a given year) are also welcome.
Manuscript: Put all identifying information on a cover sheet so that the paper can be number coded for anonymous submission to the readers; readers’ comments will be shared with readers anonymously.


Length: The paper should be the one presented at the conference, but authors are at liberty to expand the paper to a length of approximately twenty-five pages of double-spaced typescript inclusive of double-spaced notes (8,000 word maximum). This will allow authors to include examples or supporting material which has to be cut to meet the time limitations of oral presentation. Documentation should be limited to bibliographical data insofar as possible; exclusive notes that contain added information are not consistent with the principles of a twenty minute oral presentation and therefore are not appropriate to a proceedings journal.

Documentation: The editors of MP ask that both notes and a works cited page be provided. References to authors’ works should given the author’s last name in small caps followed by the year of publication and then a comma and page number, if applicable. Similarly, in the works cited page, the author’s last name should be in small caps. Names of authors used in the text of articles and notes should not use small caps. Please refer to the following examples. NB: This site cannot show small caps, so all caps are used for illustrative purposes.

Text in body of article or notes: “O’Sullivan examines Marian devotion in Gautier’s lyric texts in order to show how they employ poetic and rhetorical tropes common to trouvère lyric (O’SULLIVAN 2005: 45).”

Citation of book: O’SULLIVAN, Daniel E. 2005. Marian Devotion in Thirteenth-Century Lyric. Toronto: University of Toronto Press.

Citation of journal article: RAMEY, Lynn T. 2008. “Monstrous Alterity in Early Modern Travel Accounts: Lessons from the Ambiguous Medieval Discourse on Humanness.” Esprit Créateur 48: 81-95.

Reproductions: If reproduction of any kind of copyrighted or privately owned material is necessary to complement the paper, authors should know that they should make inquiry prior to submission for written permission from the holder of the copyright, the publisher, or the owner, and be prepared to supply the editor with written permission in the event that the paper is accepted.

Book reviews. 

  1. Reviews are usually limited to 1000 words, although review articles of particularly important titles or more than one title are sometimes commissioned.
  2. Reviews may be submitted in English or any major European language using the Roman alphabet.
  3. At the top of the first page of the review, please list the title according to the following model:
Author last name, first name. Year of publication. Title. Place of publication: publisher. ISBN. # of pages. Price.
  1. The journal uses double quotation marks for all citations in accordance with American-style punctuation. Reviewers should use a parenthetical style of citation embedded within the text itself. Please cite pages for all quotations.
  2. Footnotes and bibliography should be kept to a bare minimum. These items are included in the word count.
  3. Reviewers are typically given at least three months to finish their reviews. The journal works on a tight production schedule, and the editor would appreciate foreknowledge of delays in completing reviews on time.

Please contact Gila Aloni ( for information suggest a book for review or to volunteer to review (acknowledgment of credentials required).