Women, Family, and Society in Medieval Europe: Historical Essays, 1978-1991

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APPENDIX
THE AMERICAN MEDIEVALIST
A Social and Professional Profile

In becoming medievalists and members of the Academy, we assumed a commitment to promote the study of the European Middle Ages on this continent. But to do this well, we ought on occasion to study ourselves, to discover who we are, who we were, and who we are likely to become in the near and distant future. Our arts are long and our lives are short, and we ought frequently to inquire how the changing composition of our profession may be affecting the arts we uphold.1

In this paper I propose to survey the current membership of the Medieval Academy of America. My chief source may appear singularly pedestrian; it is the Academy's mailing list for 1982, used pri-

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Recent and useful surveys of medieval studies in the United States and their recent history may be found in the collection of essays Medieval Studies in North America: Past, Present, and Future, ed. F. G. Gentry and C. Kleinhenz ( Kalamazoo, 1982). For the early history of the Medieval Academy, see especially the contributions by W. J. Courtenay, "The Virgin and the Dynamo: The Growth of Medieval Studies in America (1870-1930)," pp. 5-22; and by L. Wenger, "The Medieval Academy and Medieval Studies in North America," pp. 23-40. See also K. Morrison, "Fragmentation and Unity in 'American Medievalism,'" in The Past before Us: Contemporary Historical Writing in the United States, ed. M. Kammen ( Ithaca, 1980), pp. 49-77, with abundant bibliography.

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