Buffy Scholar/Critic

Dr. Cynthea Masson teaches English composition and literature at Malaspina University-College in Nanaimo, British Columbia. She earned the Ph.D. at McMaster University (major field: medieval visionary and alchemical literature). She can be reached at massonc@mala.bc.ca




“Text as Stone:  Sex, Grammar, and the Figurative Hermaphrodite in the Ordinal and Compound of Alchemy.”  Cauda Pavonis (forthcoming 2006)

“‘Is that just a comforting way of not answering the question?’: Willow, Questions, and Affective Response in Buffy the Vampire Slayer. ” Slayage: The Online International Journal of Buffy Studies 20 (May 2006). <http://slayage.tv/essays/slayage20/masson.htm>.

“Queer Copulations and the Pursuit of Divine Conjunction in Two Middle English Alchemical Poems.”  Intersections of Sexuality and the Divine in Medieval Culture: The Word Made Flesh.  Ed. Susannah Chewning.  Burlington, VT:  Ashgate, 2005.  37-47.

“Of Course There’s Something Queer about the Canon:  A Reading of Chaucer’s Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale in Relation to the Alchemical Hermaphrodite.”  Pataphysica 2 (2004) 102-116.

“Intention to Write, Intention to Teach: Vernacular Poetry and Pedagogy in Thomas Norton's Ordinal of Alchemy.” Florilegium 17 (December 2000) 45-58.

“The Point of Coincidence: Rhetoric and the Apophatic in Julian of Norwich’s Showings.”  Julian of Norwich: A Book of Essays. Ed. Sandra McEntire. New York: Garland, 1998. 153-181.

“Desire Waiting for a Response: Fantasizing Theories on the Lesbian Love Letter.” Critical Mass (Henry Street) 4.2 (Fall 1994) 3-20.