Ruth Evans, Ph.D.
Dorothy McBride Orthwein Professor
Department of English
Saint Louis University
Adorjan Hall 231
3800 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108-3414
Tel: 1 (314) 977-3007
Fax: (314) 977-1514
Ruth Evans received her B.A. and MA in English from the University of Manchester, and her Ph.D in medieval English from the University of Leeds. After twelve years in the English Department at the University of Cardiff in Wales, she moved to the University of Stirling in Scotland, where she held a Chair in English and chaired the Department of English Studies, before moving to St. Louis University. She is Executive Director of the New Chaucer Society. She was a Trustee of the New Chaucer Society (2008-2010) and was Chair of the Executive Program Committee for the Sixteenth Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society (2008). She is a Fellow of the UK English Association. She is on the advisory board of the journal Exemplaria and on the editorial boards of the Manchester Medieval Literature
Series, Wiley-Blackwell's on-line journal Literature Compass, and punctum books: http://punctumbooks.wordpress.com/.
Ruth Evans's major research interests are in the period 1300-1580, with particular focuses on gender, sexuality and the body, and memory. She also has strong interests in feminist theory and criticism, the history of the book, translation theory, and manuscript studies. She is currently involved in two projects: writing a monograph, Chaucer and the Fictions of Memory, and co-editing (with Valerie Allen) a volume on medieval roads for Manchester University Press.
Her latest publication is an edited volume, A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages, Volume 2 of Berg's A Cultural History of Sexuality series, gen. ed. Julie Peakman, Oxford: Berg, 2011: http://www.bergpublishers.com/?tabid=14883. She has published on a wide variety of medieval literary and theoretical topics, including Sir Orfeo and "bare life"; the Book of Margery Kempe; memory, history and Chaucer's Criseyde; Chaucer in cyberspace; gender, sexuality, and space in York and the York Cycle; the production of space in Chaucer's London, and medieval virginities. Her essay "Our Cyborg Past: Medieval Artificial Memory
as Mindware Upgrade" appears in the first issue of postmedieval: a journal of medieval cultural studies 1/2 Special Issue: When Did We Become Post/human? (2010):64-71, http://www.palgravejournals.com/pmed/journal/v1/n1/full/pmed20108a.html. Her translation from the Italian of an essay on Italian anchoresses by Mario Sensi appears in The Anchoritic Traditions of Western Europe in the Middle Ages, ed. Liz Herbert McAvoy (Boydell & Brewer, 2010).
Her books include: (co-edited with Lesley Johnson) Feminist Readings in Middle English Literature: The Wife of Bath and All Her Sect (Routledge, 1994); (co-edited with Roger Ellis) The Medieval Translator Vol. 4 (Exeter University Press and Medieval and Renaissance Texts Series, 1994); Simone de Beauvoir, The Second Sex: New Interdisciplinary Essays (Manchester University Press, 1998); (co-edited with Jocelyn Wogan-Browne, Nicholas Watson and Andrew Taylor) The Idea of the Vernacular: An Anthology of Middle English Literary Theory, 1280-1530 (1999; (co-edited with Sarah Salih and Anke Bernau) Medieval Virginities (University of Wales Press and University of Toronto Press, 2003); (co-edited with Terence Hughes and Georges Letissier) Secrets, Mysteries and Silences Université de Nantes aux Editions du CRINI, 2006); (co-edited with Helen Fulton and David Matthews) Medieval Cultural Studies: Essays in Honour of Stephen Knight. She was the guest editor (with Radhika Mohanram) of Social Semiotics 14:1: Special Issue: A Special Symposium on Sexualities (2004) and (with Joseph Bray) of Textual Cultures 2.2: Special Issue: Definitions of Textual Culture (2007).