Emily McLemore

Teaching Scholar, English

Teaching Scholar, English
Decio Hall 233
Notre Dame, IN 46556-5639

Areas of study

  • Gender and Sexuality
  • Medieval


Ph.D. in English, University of Notre Dame
M.A. in English, Oregon State University
B.A. in English and Secondary Education, Western State Colorado University

Research and teaching interests

Old and Middle English Language and Literature; Representations of Women; Gender and Sexuality Studies; Critical Theory; Translation and Adaptation; Pedagogy in Higher Education


Emily McLemore is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow and Staff Contributor for the Medieval Studies Research Blog, who specializes in Medieval English Literature and Gender and Sexuality Studies. Her research focuses on representations of women and the perpetual entanglement of gender, sex, and violence that extends from the medieval period to the modern one. Her book project, based on her dissertation “Desiring Women: Pleasure and Power in Late Medieval English Literature,” centers women’s desire and argues that desiring is a transgressive act. Drawing from psychoanalytic and philosophical works, she explores how eroticism triangulates desire and pleasure in 14th- and 15th-century texts and examines what the foregrounding of women’s desire indicates about gendered power and genre.

Currently, Dr. McLemore is teaching “Making the Monster: Magic, Medicine, and Murder,” which explores monsters and monstrosity in British texts extending from the medieval period to the post-modern era. During the 2021-22 academic year, she was a Visiting Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame in England, where she taught courses tracing the concept of the otherworldly in British literature through the medieval, early modern, and Victorian periods at the London Global Gateway. She has also taught composition courses and team-taught “Introduction to Gender Studies” at the University of Notre Dame, in addition to previously teaching literature and composition courses at Oregon State University and language arts and creative writing at the middle and high school levels.

Representative publications

“Queer Bodies, Sexual Possibility, and Violent Misogyny in Bisclavret,” Le Cygne: Journal of the International Marie de France Society, vol. 7, no. 1 (2020). 

Grendel’s Mother Eats Man, Woman Inherits the Epic: Why Women Should Continue Teaching Beowulf,” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame, April 2021.

Thinking Sex, Teaching Violence, and The Book of Margery Kempe,” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame, March 2021.

Teaching Consent: More Lessons from the Wife of Bath,” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame, December 2020.

Medieval Sexuality, Medical Misogyny, and the Makings of the Modern Witch,” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame, October 2020.

What the Wife of Bath Still Has to Teach Us,” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame, December 2017.