Dorothy McBride Orthwein Professor of English
Department of English
Saint Louis University
Adorjan Hall 231
3800 Lindell Blvd
St. Louis, MO 63108-3414
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https://slu.academia.edu/RuthEvans for latest CV (updated May 2014)
I received my B.A. and MA in English from the University of Manchester, and my Ph.D from the University of Leeds. After twelve years in the English Department at the University of Cardiff in Wales, I moved to the University of Stirling in Scotland, where I chaired the Department of English Studies for three years before moving to St. Louis University, where I am Dorothy McBride Orthwein Professor of English. I am also Executive Director of the New Chaucer Society. I was a Trustee of the New Chaucer Society from 2008 until 2012, and was Chair of the Executive Program Committee for the 16th Biennial Congress of the New Chaucer Society in 2008. I am a Fellow of the UK English Association. I am on the editorial boards of the Manchester University Press Medieval Literature Series, and punctum books: http://punctumbooks.wordpress.com/. I co-edit, with Helen Fulton, the University of Wales Press New Century Chaucer series.
My major research interests are in Middle English literature of the period 1300-1580, with focuses on gender, sexuality, and memory. I also have strong interests in feminist theory and criticism, lollardy, translation theory and practice, the history of the book, and editing. I am working on a monograph, provisionally entitled Chaucerian Fictions of Memory. I continue to work on a long-term research project on the politics of the textual transmission of versions of a Middle English Ten Commandments commentary. I welcome the opportunity to serve on the MA and PhD committees of graduates in all areas of later medieval English studies.
My last publication was an edited volume, with Valerie Allen, Roadworks, Medieval Roads (MUP, 2016). I contributed a co-edited chapter (with Valerie Allen) "Introduction: Roads and Writing" and a chapter of my own "Getting There: Wayfinding in the Middle Ages." Other recent publications include A Cultural History of Sexuality in the Middle Ages, Volume 2 of Berg's Cultural History of Sexuality series, Oxford: Berg, 2011:http://www.bergpublishers.com/?tabid=14883. I have published articles on a wide variety of medieval literary and theoretical topics, including Troilus and Criseyde;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. My short 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.palgrave-journals.com/pal/index.html. My 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, reprinted 2013); (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. I 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).