Dr. Katherine Adele Royer

Professor of History

Education:

M.A., Ph.D., Stanford University
M.D., Tulane University School of Medicine
B.A.., Biology, University of Kansas

Fields:

Medieval and Early Modern Europe
Britain and the Empire
Legal History
History of Disease

 

Building Location:
Bizzini Hall
See Building #2: Map

Office Location:
C 118F - See Map

Phone: (209) 667-3956

E-mail: KRoyer@csustan.edu

Courses:

Myth and the Making of Britain
World Civilizations I and II
Medieval Europe
Renaissance and Reformation
Absolutism and Revolution
Capital Punishment in World Societies
Disease and World Societies
The History of Historical Writing
Graduate European Seminar

Current Research:

Explores the narratives of executions in late medieval and early modern England and examines the ways in which these texts served as representations of the scaffold ritual and the religious and political culture at large. In particular, this current work focuses on the conceptual resources through which a discourse of punishment was first formed and then later reshaped over the course of several centuries in England to address a series of religious and political crises. This research is part of a larger project that examines the history of the rituals of execution in England.

Publications:

"The Blind Men and the Elephant: Imperial Medicine, Medieval Historians, and the Role of Rats in the Historiography of Plague," in Medicine and Colonialism: Historical Perspectives in India and South Africa, edited by Poonam Bala, forthcoming from Pickering and Chatto.

The English Execution Narrative: 1200-1700, forthcoming from Pickering and Chatto.

www.pickeringchatto.com/englishexecution

Review of Danielle Westerhof, Death and the Noble Body in Medieval England, Boydell
Press, 2008, Journal of British Studies, Vol. 48, No. 4, October 2009: 987-989.

Review of Luke Demaitre, Leprosy in Pre-modern Medicine: A Malady of the Whole
Body, Johns Hopkins University Press, 2007, Renaissance and Reformation, Vol. 32,
No. 2, 2009.

“Silence, the Scaffold, and the Semiotics of Judicial Violence in Late Medieval
England,” The Image of Violence II: Proceedings of the 2007 Conference of the
Society for the Interdisciplinary Study of Social Imagery, edited by Will Wright and
Steven Kaplan, Society for the Study of Social Imagery at Colorado State University,
2007: 182-192. 

“Dead Men Talking: Truth, Texts and the Scaffold in Early Modern England,” in Penal
Practice and Culture 1500-1900: Punishing the English, edited by Simon Devereaux
and Paul Griffiths, Palgrave Press, 2004: 63-85.

“The Body in Parts: Reading the Execution Ritual in Late Medieval England,” Historical
Reflections, 29 (Summer 2003): 319-339.

“Chronic Tubulointerstitial Nephritis Caused by Recurrent Myoglobinuria,” Archives of
Internal Medicine, 140; August 1980.

Academic Presentations:

"The Body in Space: Distributing the Dismembered Traitor in Late Medieval England," paper presented at the Pacific Coast Conference of British Studies, March 2013.

"Death, Time and the Executioner in Late Medieval and Early Modern England," paper presented at the Sixteenth Century Society and Conference, October 2011.

"The Case of the Missing Blood: Bloodless Beheadings in the Execution Narratives of Late Medieval and Early Modern England," paper presented at the Bloodwork: The Politics of the Body 1500-1900 Conference, May 2011.

"The Blind Men and the Elephant:  The Indian Plague Commission, Medieval Historians, and the Role of Rats in the Historiography of the Plague," paper presented at the Pacific Coast Conference of British Studies, March 2011.

“Green Children, Corporeal Instability and the Construction of Identity in Medieval
Britain,” paper presented at the California World History Association Conference,
October 2009.

"Navigating the Twists and Turns of Confessional Identity in Early Modern England,"
commentary for the panel "Confessional Divisions in the English Civil War Era," at
the Western Conference of British Studies, October 2009.

“The Last Words of that ‘Cunning Coiner’ Henry Cuffe: Revisiting the Last Dying
Speech in Early Modern England,” paper presented at the Renaissance Society of
America Conference, March 2009.

“Dressed for Dying: Clothes and the Construction of Identity on the Scaffold in Early
Modern England,” paper presented and panel organized for the Renaissance Society of
America Conference, April 2008.

“Disemboweling William Wallace: Capital Punishment and Imperial Expansion in Late
Medieval Britain,” paper presented at the Empire, Migrations, Diasporas, and
Networks Conference, March 2008.

“Silence, the Scaffold, and the Semiotics of Judicial Violence in Late Medieval
England,” paper presented at The Image of Violence Conference, March 2007.

"The Arm of the Raj and the Body of India," paper presented at the Empire and Imperial
Cultures Conference, March 2006.

"The Body Abandoned: Somatic Signification and the Execution Narrative," paper
presented at the Pacific Coast Conference of British Studies, April 2005.

“Seeing is Believing: Plague and Colonial Medicine in Nineteenth-Century India,” paper
presented and panel organized for Empire and Imperial Culture Conference, February
2004.

“Better to Behold A Triumph Than Be Made a Sacrifice,” paper presented at the
Pacific Coast Conference of British Studies, April 2003. 

“A Capital Example: Executions and Exemplary Strategies in Early Modern England,”
paper presented and panel organized for Law, Literature and the Humanities,
Georgetown University, March 1998.

“The Voices of Violence: Narratives of Executions from the Fourteenth to the
Seventeenth Centuries,” paper presented at the North American Conference of
British Studies, October 1997.

“Describing Disease: The Discourse of the Indian Plague Commission,” paper presented
at the Pacific Coast Conference of British Studies, April 1994.

Invited Lectures:

"Lady Mary Montagu, Jenner's Milkmaid and the Speckled Monster: Staking a Claim to Smallpox," Turlock Genealogical Society, June 15, 2010.

"The Mystery in the Box: Forceps, Family Secrets and the First Obstetricians in Colonial America," Turlock Genealogical Society, June 16, 2009.

"Fighting the Last War: Plague Pandemics and Disease Paradigms," for Celebrate the World: An International Festival, sponsored by the Office of Global Affairs and the Nursing Department at California State University Stanislaus, April 19, 2005.

Professional Affiliations:

Pacific Coast Conference of British Studies
North American Conference of British Studies
American Historical Association
American Society of Legal History
American Society for the History of Medicine
American College of Physicians