The study of medieval literature encompasses an extraordinarily diverse range of materials from different historical contexts, genres, and linguistic traditions. The medieval faculty of the department offer their expertise in English writing from its Old English beginnings to the late medieval and early modern periods, as well as in insular, continental, and global literature.
Graduate students benefit from the faculty's overlapping strengths in several specialities, including law and literature, religious literature, the history of literary forms, gender and sexuality studies, and medieval and early modern drama.
Johanna Kramer specializes in the literatures and cultures of early medieval England and of northwest and continental Europe, with a focus on Old English and Latin religious literature, genre studies, and source study. She is associated faculty of Religious Studies.
Emma Lipton specializes in late medieval literature, especially medieval drama, Chaucer, and Gower. Her interests include historicisms, affect studies, and cultural studies. She is a faculty affiliate of the Women’s and Gender Studies department.
Lee Manion studies late medieval and early modern literature, especially romance, epic, Arthurian literature, Chaucer, and Shakespeare.
Please contact any of the medieval faculty members if you are interested in learning more about our program!
Medieval Studies at MU
The department’s long-standing program in medieval studies for undergraduate and graduate students is considerably strengthened by the faculty and medieval offerings in other departments.
As well as completing a depth of study in medieval literature for the English Major, undergraduate students can take courses in multiple departments to obtain an interdisciplinary minor through MU’s Medieval and Renaissance Studies program.
Graduate students can pursue a formal graduate minor in Medieval and Renaissance Studies. This interdisciplinary minor involves faculty in Art History and Archaeology, Classical Studies, English, History, Religious Studies, Romance Languages and Literatures, Theatre and Women's and Gender Studies. Doctoral candidates have combined work in Old English and Middle English literature with anthropology, art history, classical studies, oral tradition and folklore, psychoanalytic theory, gender studies, rhetoric and composition, French, German, religious studies, and other areas of strength within the department and across campus. To learn more about Medieval and Renaissance Studies at MU, click here.
Our graduate students have been active at conferences, presenting papers at the Biennial Congress of The New Chaucer Society, the annual International Congress of Medieval Studies in Kalamazoo, MI, and the Mid-America Medieval Association, among others.