Cynthia A. Rogers"





Ph.D. English Literature, Minor in Medieval Studies — Indiana University (May 2015)
Dissertation: “‘Make thereof a game:’ The Findern Manuscript’s Lyrics and their Late Medieval Textual Community”
Committee: Shannon Gayk (Chair), Associate Professor of English, Indiana University
                     Michael Adams, Professor of English, Indiana University        
                     Patricia Ingham, Professor of English, Indiana University
                     Michael Johnston, Associate Professor, Purdue University       
                     Rosemarie McGerr, Professor of Comparative Literature, Director of Medieval Studies,
"""""Indiana University

M.A. English Literature — Oklahoma State University (2008)
Thesis: Singing from the Book: An Analysis of Middle English and Latin Lullaby Lyrics in Harley 913

B.A.  English Creative Writing, Minor in German — Oklahoma State University



 “Buried in an Hert: French Poetics and the Ends of Genre in Chaucer’s ‘The Complaint Unto Pity.’” The Chaucer Review. Forthcoming April 2016.

Honors and Awards:

National Competitions

  • Schallek Award, Medieval Academy of America 201
  • Helen Mins Robbins Dissertation Fellowship, University of Rochester 2012/13

Conference Paper Prizes and Fellowships

  • Donald Howard Travel Grant, New Chaucer Society 2012
  • Sewanee Medieval Colloquium Paper Prize, Sewanee Medieval Colloquium 2011
  • Jim Falls Paper Prize, Mid-American Medieval Association Conference 2005

Selected University Honors

  • College Arts & Humanities Institute Graduate Conference Travel Award, Indiana University 2014
  • Summer Dissertation Fellowship, Indiana University 2014
  • C. Clifford Flanigan Travel Grant, Indiana University 2011, 2012, 2014
  • Western European Studies Research Grant, Indiana University 2013
  • GPSO Research Award, Indiana University Summer 2013
  • Donaldson First Year PhD Fellowship, Indiana University 2008
  • Robberson Research Fellowship, Oklahoma State University 2005, 2007
  • English Department Travel Award, Oklahoma State University 2006, 2007
  • Harry M. Campbell Fellowship for Outstanding MA Student, Oklahoma State University 2006

Invited Lectures & Workshops:


“Teasing Out the Interactive Reading Practices of the Findern MS (CUL Ff.1.6).” Marco Manuscript Workshop. The Marco Institute for Medieval and Renaissance Studies. University of Tennessee, February 2016.

“’In Earnest and in Game’: Reading the Findern MS as an Archaeological Artifact from a Late Medieval Game of Love.” Helen Ann Robbins Fellow Lecture. Robbins Library, University of Rochester, April 2013.

Conference Presentations:


“Querelle over and in the Findern MS (CUL Ff.1.6): An Analysis of the Women's Names and Female Voices within the Manuscript.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 2016.

“Translating Lechery to Love: Reading ‘Apollonius of Tyre’ within the Findern MS  (CUL Ff.I.6).” Third International Congress of the John Gower Society, University of Rochester, 2014.

"In Earnest and in Game: A Reconsideration of Women’s Voices in the Findern MS.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 2014.

“Sweet Words of Love and Tart Replies: The Signs of Playful Literate Practices in the Findern MS (CUL Ff.1.6).” International Medieval Conference, Leeds, England, 2013.

“Touching Hands in the Dance: The formal linkages governing text selection and production in CUL MS Ff.1.6.” Early Book Society Conference, St. Andrews, Scotland, 2013.

“’Sometyme y lovyd’: A look at fifteenth-century gentry women’s participation in the “game of love” within the Findern MS (CUL Ff.1.6).” Medieval Academy of America Meeting, Knoxville, 2013.

Playing the Game: Recovering the Social and Manuscript Context for the Textual Interplay in the Findern Manuscript (CUL Ff.1.6)” New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, Portland, 2012.

"’Synge with mery hert this song with us’; Exploring the Interpretive Implications of the Musical Fragments and Manuscript Context of Cambridge MS. Ff.1.6.” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, 2011.

“Reading Hoccleve Wrong: Collation Variations of ‘The Letter of Cupid.’” Mid-American Medieval Association Annual Conference, 2009.

"Singing from the Book: Capitalum Marks Used as Performance Markers in a Lullaby Lyric from Harley MS 913." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 2007.

"Bold Bawdry: Malory's Blend of Christianity and Pragmatism in his Treatment of Sexual Infidelity." International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, 2006.

"Arming Arthur: The Middle English Inheritance of Arming Scenes from Classical Epics." Mid-American Medieval Association Conference. 2005.


  • Graduate Coordinator, Medieval Song School (pronunciation and paleography), English Department, Indiana University, 2014-15
  • Setup Crew, Medieval Studies Conference, Medieval Studies Institute, Indiana University, 2014
  • Docent and Setup Crew, Vagantes Medieval Graduate Student Conference, hosted by Indiana University, 2013
  • Editor, English Dept. Graduate Student Handbook, Oklahoma State University, 2006–8
  • English Graduate Studies Association, Oklahoma State University
    • President, 2007-8
    • Chaired Professional Development Scholarships Committee, 2008
    • Vice-president, 2006-7
    • Faculty Award Committee, 2006
    • Webdesigner/Webmaster, 2005

Technology-Related Experience

  • Wikipedia Editor: Findern Manuscript page (created and maintained); and Courtly Love page (editing previous page as allowed), 2014
  • Producer/Video Editor: New Chaucer Society Presentation by Erin Sweany, 2014
  • Webdesigner/Webmaster:  English Department, OSU, 2004-7
  • Webmaster: First Year Composition Program, OSU, 2004-8
  • Webmaster: School of International Studies, OSU, 2002-3

Archival Research:

Cambridge University Library, Cambridge, UK (Summer 2013)
Derbyshire Records Office, Matlock, UK (Summer 2013)
British Library, London, UK (Summer 2006, 2013)
Pontifical Institute, Toronto, CA (Summer 2007)


Summer Medieval Latin Course, Centre for Medieval Studies, University of Toronto (2007)
Paleography Summer School, University of London (2006)

Graduate Coursework Highlights:

Old English
Old English: Beowulf (IU/ENG-L710) Spring 2010
Medieval Languages: Old English  (IU/ENG-G601) Fall 2010 [audited]*
Introduction to Old English (OSU/ENG-L4223) Fall 2004

Middle English
Medieval Languages: Middle English (IU/ENG-G601) Spring 2015 [audited]*
Early Medieval Drama (UR as part of Robbins Fellowship) Fall 2012 [audited]*
Medieval Innovations (IU/ENG-L713) Spring 2009
The Long Fifteenth Century (IU/ENG-L613) Fall 2008
Middle English Literature: Arthurian Literature (OSU/ENG-L5163) Spring 2004

Early Modern
Early Modern Women’s Writing (IU/ENG-L 631) Fall 2008
Shakespeare (IU/ ENG-L625) Fall 2008
British Literature of the Sixteenth Century (OSU/ENG-L5410) Spring 2005

Arthurian Literature (UR- as part of Robbins Fellowship) Spring 2012 [audited]*
Studies in Literary Theory and Criticism: Lyric (IU/ENG-L713) Fall 2009

Medieval History, Culture, Music Courses
History of Music Theory: Antiquity through Renaissance (IU/MUS-M603) Spring 2009
Colloquium in Medieval Studies: Words and Images (IU/MEST-M502) Spring 2009
History of Medieval Europe (OSU/HIST 5140) Fall 2005
Seminar in Music History: Medieval Period (OSU/MUSI 5750) Summer 2004

Library & Indexing Projects:

Book Indexing for Form and Reform: Reading Across the Fifteenth Century (Summer 2011)
Created a detailed index following publisher’s style guide and Chicago Manual of Style.

Antiphonary Cataloging and Transcription (Tulsa U. Library/ Fall 2007)
Assisted Special Collections librarians at McFarlin Library, Tulsa University in identifying and cataloging music manuscript leaves in their collection. Transcribed the earliest antiphonary page in their holding and wrote a white paper for their catalog.

Training in Medieval Studies:

Reading ability in Latin, Old and Middle English, German, and French
Knowledge of medieval musical notation styles and musical forms
Expertise in paleography and codicology

Professional Memberships:

American Association of University Women
College English Association
Early Book Society
International Arthurian Society – North American Branch
Medieval Academy of America
Medieval Association of the Midwest
Mid-American Medieval Association
Modern Language Association
National Council of Teachers of English
New Chaucer Society

Additional Skills:

Layout and Design of Publications (Paper and Web)
Amateur Harpist
Amateur Bookbinder

References & Dossier:

Available upon request.




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