Table of Contents Table of Contents
The Visual Object of Desire in Late Medieval England
Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory
Feminist Approaches to the Body in Medieval Literature

Seeing the Gawain-Poet: Description and the Act of Perception

Women's Space: Patronage, Place, and Gender in the Medieval Church




Ph.D. Duke University  (English)
B.A. Bennington College  (Literature)

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1997-99   Chair of English Department
1992-present  English Department, College of the Holy Cross. Tenured in 1996

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2009-10 John Simon Guggenheim Fellowship

2005-07 O’Leary Faculty Recognition Award
Jan-May 04 Faculty Fellowship, Holy Cross (research leave)
Jan-June '00 Visiting Fellowship at Clare Hall, Cambridge University
1998-1999 Project Director for NEH “Teaching with Technology” Focus Grant, with Virginia Raguin. Project Title: “Mapping Margery Kempe in the Medieval World”
1998 (Spring) Holy Cross Faculty Fellowship
1991 NEMLA Women's Caucus Award for Best Essay on Women, Language, and literature
1988 NEH Summer Stipend. Project Title: "Chaucer's Criseyde and the Erotics of the Female Gaze"

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Chaucer Division Delegate, Modern Language Association. 2008-2011. 
Steering Committee for New England Medieval Conference, 2005; Program Committee for the Medieval Academy Meeting, 2006.
Executive Committee: Chaucer Division, Modern Language Association, 1996-2001.
Organizer for MLA Chaucer Division Meeting: 1999.
Editorial Board: Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship, 1997-2001.
Editor for Medieval Feminist Forum: 2000-2001.

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Chaucer, Medieval Dream Visions, Sex and Gender in the Middle Ages, Medieval Life Stories, Medieval Romance, Introduction to Women’s Studies, Ways of Seeing: Literature and Film, Sophomore Honors Seminar, Readings in Medieval Literature, Nonfiction Creative Writing, Critical Reading and Writing.
2008-09: Director for Montserrat cluster “Self.”

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The Visual Object of Desire in Late Medieval England ( University of Pennsylvania Press, Middle Ages Series, 2008)
Women's Space: Place, Patronage and Gender in the Medieval Church. Co-edited with Virginia Raguin. SUNY (Feb. 2005).
Pearl, an edition. TEAMS Middle English Texts Series, Medieval Institute Publications. 2001.
Writing on the Body: Female Embodiment and Feminist Theory. Co-edited with Katie Conboy and Nadia Medina (Columbia University Press, 1997). Korean translation 2000.
Feminist Approaches to the Body in Medieval Literature. Co-edited with Linda Lomperis (University of Pennsylvania Press, New Cultural Studies Series, 1993).
Seeing the Gawain-Poet: Description and the Act of Perception. (University of Pennsylvania Press, Middle Ages Series, 1991).

Mapping Margery Kempe: A Guide to Late Medieval Material and Spiritual Life. Project supported by NEH "Teaching With Technology" Focus Grant, 1998-99. With Virginia Raguin. Travel to UK in 1998, 1999 to research project. Site location:


 “The Gawain-Poet.” Forthcoming in Cambridge Companion to Middle English Literature. Ed. Larry Scanlon. Cambridge University Press.
“Feminizing Pathos: Nicholas Love’s Mirror and Mel Gibson’s Passion.” Forthcoming in The Four Modes of Seeing: Honoring Madeline H. Caviness. Ashgate.
“The Embarrassments of Romance.”Arthuriana, pp. 112-15, 2008.
“Host Desecration, the Prioress’s Tale, and Prague 1389.” In Mindful Spirit in Late Medieval Literature: Essays in Honor of Elizabeth Kirk. Ed. Bonnie Wheeler. Palgrave, 2006, pp. 314-34.
“Margery Kempe.” Entry in Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia. Ed. Margaret Schaus. Routledge, 2006.
“Gender and Voice in Middle English Religious Lyrics.” In Companion to the Middle
English Lyric. Ed. Thomas Duncan. Woodbridge, Suffolk: Boydell and Brewer, 2005.
"EcoChaucer: Green Ethics and Medieval Nature." The Chaucer Review (2004).
"The Clock in Filippino Lippi's Annunciation Tondo." Studies in Iconography, 25 (2004): 197-219.
Entry on "The Body" in the Supplement to the Dictionary of the Middle Ages. Ed. William Chester Jordan et al. Scribners, 2004.
"The Vivacity of Images: St. Katherine, Knighton's Lollards, and the Breaking of Idols." In Images, Idolatry, and Iconoclasm. Ed. Nicolette Zeeman, Jeremy Dimmick, and James Simpson. Oxford University Press, 2002.
"Vernacular Nostalgia and the Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature." Texas Studies in Language and Literature. 44 (2002): 92-107
"Vernacular Heroics and the Cambridge History of Medieval English Literature." Studies in the Age of Chaucer. 24(2002).
"Visualizing." In The Blackwell Chaucer Companion. Ed. Peter Brown. Oxford: Blackwell, 2000.
“Regimes of the Visual in Premodern England. Gaze, Body, and Chaucer’s Clerk’s Tale.”  NLH, 28 (1997): 261-290.
“Women Scholars and Professional Mentoring.” Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship Newsletter, Fall 1996.
Entry on "Medieval Literature" for Feminist Literary Theory: A Dictionary. Ed. Beth Kowaleski-Wallace. Garland, 1996.
"The Body and the City in Pearl."  Representations 47 (Fall 1994): 23-39.
"Women's Letters and Private Space in Chaucer."  Exemplaria 6 (1994): 271-285.
"Feminist Masterplots: The Gaze on the Body of Pearl's Dead Girl." In Feminist Approaches to the Body in Medieval Literature. Ed. Linda Lomperis and Sarah Stanbury. Univ. of Pennsylvania Press, 1993.
"The Lover's Gaze in Troilus and Criseyde." In Chaucer's Troilus and Criseyde: Current Essays in Criticism. Ed. R. A. Shoaf. MRTS, 1992.
"The Virgin's Gaze: Spectacle and Transgression in Middle English Lyrics of the Passion." PMLA, 106 (October 1991): 1083-1093. (Winner of the 1991 NEMLA Woman's Caucus Award for best entry in Women, Language, and Literature).
"The Voyeur and the Private Life in Troilus and Criseyde." Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 13 (1991): 141-158.
"Feminist Film Theory Seeing Chrétien's Enide." Literature and Psychology, 36 (1990): 47-66.
"In God's Sight: Vision and Sacred History in Purity,” in New Critical Perspectives on the Pearl-Poet. Ed. Robert J. Blanch, Miriam Youngman Miller, and Julian N. Wasserman.  Whitston, 1991, 105-116.
"Pearl and the Idea of Jerusalem." Mediaevalia et Humanistica, 16 (1988): 117-131.
"Visions of Space: Acts of Perception in Pearl and in Some Late Medieval Illustrated Apocalypses." Mediaevalia, 10 (1984/1988): 133-158.
"Space and Visual Hermeneutics in the Gawain-Poet." The Chaucer Review, 21 (1987): 476-489.
"Game in Myn Hood: The Traditions of a Comic Proverb." Studies in Iconography, 9 (1983): 1-12.
"Cupid's Sight in the Prologue to the Legend of Good Women." Centerpoint, 4 (1981): 95-102.
"Folce to Frofre: The Theme of Consolation in Beowulf." The American Benedictine Review, 30 (1979): 191-204.
"'Adam Lay I-Bowndyn' and the Vinculum Amoris." English Language Notes, 15 (1977): 98-101.

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