Curriculum Vitae

                                                             Arnold A. Sanders


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Current Post   Associate Professor of English, Goucher College


Education     1986: Ph.D. English Literature, Brown University

            1980: M.A., University of New Hampshire

            1970: B.A., With Honors, Lehigh University


Dissertation "Hyd Wythyn the Bodye": The Narrative Logic of Sir Thomas Malory (Director: Elizabeth Kirk. Readers: Robert Scholes, Michel‑Andre Bossy.)


Publications and Lectures

“The Death of the Editor and Printer: Teaching Early Modern Publishing Practices to Internet-Raised Undergraduates.”  Book chapter for Teaching Early Modern Literature from the Archives.  Heidi Brayman Hackel and Ian Moulton, eds.  Accepted by MLA Press for 2014 publication.

“Writing Fame: Epitaph Transcriptions in Renaissance Chaucer Editions and the Construction of Chaucer’s Poetic Reputation,” Journal of the Early Book Society 14 (2011), 105-130.

Writing Fame: Renaissance Chaucer Editions’ Epitaph Transcriptions and the Construction of Chaucer.  44th Medieval Institute International Congress, 2010

“I am dronke, I knowe it by my soun”:  Using a Horizon Wimba Voice Board to Teach Students to Sound Like Drunken Middle English Millers and Lustful Young Wives.  43rd Medieval Institute International Congress, 2008

“Kuskin, William, ed. Caxton’s Trace: Studies in the History of English Printing. Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P, 2006.”  [Review]  ANQ 21:4 (Winter 2007) 74-78.

The Promise and Perils of WorldCat and Online Library Catalogues as Search Engines for Image Banks of Early Books, 42nd Medieval Institute International Congress, 2007

“Illiterate Memory and Spiritual Experience: Margery Kempe, the Liturgy, and the ‘Woman in the Crowd,’” in Mindful Spirit in Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth D. Kirk.  N.Y.: Palgrave-Macmillan, 2006.  Pp. 237-48.

“Sir Gareth and the ‘Unfair Unknown’: Malory’s Use of the Gawain Romances,” Arthuriana 16:1 (Spring 2006) 34-46.

“Sir Gareth and the Green Knight” (Or, “The Unfair Unknown”): Educating the Ignorant in Malory’s ‘Gareth’ and the Gawain-Cycle Romances at the 40th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2005

“Mulier de Turba” (Luke 11:27-28): Margery Kempe’s  Defense of Her Evangelical Voice.  39th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2004

Fifteenth-Century Middle English Terms of “belongingness”: “truste,” “trewe,” and “love” in Malory.  38th International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2003.

Paraphrase Plagiarism Risk Quiz.  Designed and helped implement an online Internet site designed to let students test their ability to evaluate the accuracy and formal documentation of paraphrases of scholarly sources.  January-May 2002.  Available online at

The King Who Will Win the Holy Cross: Malory, Caxton, and Political Prophecy in Le Morte Darthur.  Early Book Society session at the 37th Annual Congress on Medieval Studies, May  2002.

William Caxton's Marketing Strategies: How Printshop Economics and Niche Marketing Shaped Early English Book Production.  35th International Congress of Medieval Studies.  May 2000.

Listening to Malory: Inventing the Early Modern Reader with William Caxton. 34th  International Congress of Medieval Studies.  May 1999.

"'nevyr shal I se you agayne hole togydirs”: Anxious “Departyng” in Malory.  33rd International Congress of Medieval Studies.  May 1998.

Sanders' Law of Media Memory Decay: Why I Don't Use Video or Movies to Teach Classical Greek and Latin Literature.  Panel Presentation, "Teaching Classics with Film," University of Maryland-College Park , March 1997.

"jantyllmannys servyse" and Fifteenth-Century Courtly Violence in Sir Thomas Malory's "Gareth."  31st International Congress of Medieval Studies.  May 1996.

"Hypertext, Learning, and Memory: Some Implications from Manuscript Tradition," in Text 8 (1996) 125-45

Blake v. Stoddard: The Goucher "Speght 1598 Chaucer""'s Role in a Famous Artistic Quarrel.  Friends of Julia Rogers Library, January 1993.

"Ruddymane and Canace Lost and Found: Spenser's Adaptation of Gower's "Confessio Amantis" (III) and Chaucer's "Squire's Tale," in The Work of Dissimilitude: Essays from the Sixth Citadel Conference on Medieval and Renaissance    Literature.  Newark, Del.: U Delaware P, December 1991

Chaucer the Exile:  Speght's Illustration of the Author and His “Friends” in the 1598 Edition, NEMLA Convention, Chaucer Session, 1991

Making Book on Malory: “the hoole book” and Foucault's Authoring Function," MLA Convention 1989

Lancelot in Providence: Malory's Juridical Inquiry, NEMLA Convention, Old and Middle English Section, 1988

The Structure of the Winchester Malory (B.M. 54,678), a 15th Century Arthurian Compilation, Medieval Manuscript Group, 1988

"Malory's Transition Formulae: Fate, Volition, and Narrative Structure," Arthurian Interpretations, Fall 1987, 27-46.

Showing Loyalty / Claiming Protection: Medieval Ceremonial Gesture, NEATE Conference, 1987

A Pre‑Raphaelite Friendship: The Correspondence of William    Holman Hunt and John Lucas Tupper, edited and annotated with James Coombs, George Landow, & Anne Scott.     Ann Arbor, Mich.: UMI Research Press, 1986

Generic Action in Malory's Alterations of the “Suite du Merlin," MLA Convention, 1985


In Progress

Love and the Forging of Authority  in Malory’s Morte Darthur, an article analyzing Malory’s resistance to the erotic usage of “love” in his translation of French sources for Lancelot’s relationship with Guenivere.

King Author: Sir Thomas Malory’s Struggle to Forge “Arthurity” in the Morte Darthur, a book-length manuscript tracing evidence of Malory’s development from translator to author.

The spyte of Spaine, Rediscovered and in Context: A Rare 1628 Edinburg Pamphlet and the Printing of “News,” an online diplomatic transcription and accompanying article analyzing the formerly lost pamphlet as evidence of contemporary awareness of Anglo-European politics in Edinburgh.


Honors/Awards         2008  CLIR “Hidden Collections” grant ($198,000) to catalog the collection of James Wilson Bright and other under-utilized rare book and archival materials in the Julia Rogers Library

                                    2006  Elizabeth Nitzche Research Grant, Goucher College [Bright Collection Restoration]

                                    2005 Elizabeth Nitzche Research Grant, Crosby Fund Grant, Goucher College [Bright Collection Restoration, and New                              Course Design, “Archeology of the Text”]

                                    2005 Innovation Grant (with Gail McCormick, Special Collections Librarian) [Pre-1700 Rare Book Census]

                                    2001 Summer Technology Grant, Goucher College

                                    1999: Summer Research Grant, Goucher College

                                    1989: Elizabeth Nitzche Research Grant, Goucher College

                                    1982‑86: Teaching Assistantship, Brown U.                                                                         

                                    1982: Graduate Council Special Research Stipend, Brown U.

                                    1981: University Fellowship, Brown U.

                                    1979: Alumni Summer Research Fellowship, UNH


Administrative Responsibility


Writing Program and Writing Center Director (January 2009-2012)

Bibliographic Description instructor for CLIR grant and Peirce Center interns and employees.

Member: Modern Language Association, National Council of Teachers of English, International Courtly Literature Society, International Arthurian Society, Renaissance Society of America, National Writing Centers Association.