Emily McLemore

Mclemore Dept Photo2020

Email: emclemor@nd.edu

Areas of Interest
Old and Middle English Literatures; Representations of Women; Gender, Body, and Sexuality Studies; Critical Theory; Feminist Scholarship; Transhistoricism

Education
M.A. in English, Oregon State University 
B.A. in English and Secondary Education, Western State Colorado University

Profile

Emily McLemore is a Ph.D. Candidate specializing in Medieval Literature with a Graduate Minor in Gender Studies. Her research focuses on representations of women and sexuality during the Middle Ages. She most often explores the intersections of gender, sex, and violence, as well as the transhistorical connections between medieval and contemporary thought and practices. Her Master of Arts thesis, “Willed Women: Female Bodies and Subversive Being in the Knight’s and Second Nun’s Tales,” was nominated for Oregon State University’s All-University Thesis Award. Her dissertation examines representations of women’s desire and eroticism in late medieval texts and interrogates the violence persistently entangled with women’s sexuality.

Emily is currently a Teaching Apprentice for the Introduction to Gender Studies course. She has previously taught Writing & Rhetoric courses at both the University of Notre Dame and Oregon State University. As a licensed teacher, she has also taught English and Creative Writing at the high school and middle school levels.  

Publications

“Queer Bodies, Sexual Possibility, and Violent Misogyny in Bisclavret,” Le Cygne: Journal of the International Marie de France Society, (Forthcoming) 2020. 

“What the Wife of Bath Still Has to Teach Us,” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame, December 2017, https://sites.nd.edu/manuscript-studies/2017/12/18/what-the-wife-of-bath-still-has-to-teach-us/

Conference Activity

Presentations 

“‘That my wyl was his willes instrument’: Female Subjectivity, Identity, and Despair in the Squire’s Tale,” New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, Durham University, July 2022.

“Feminist Caricature, Comical Rape, and the Illustrated Wyf of Bath: A Liberated Woman’s Great Story!,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2021. 

“Women’s Positions, Men’s Privilege, and Meghan Purvis’s Beowulf,” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, April 2021. 

“From Huntress to Hunted: ‘Wayward’ Women and the Predatory Disposition of the Knight’s Tale,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2019. 

“Between Life and Death: Fairy Magic and Metaphysics in Sir Orfeo,” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, April 2019. 

“Queer Embodiment, Homosocial Imagining, and Human Being in Bisclavret,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2018. 

“A Reconciliation of Wills: Feminine Validity, Masculine Reform, & Chaucer’s Wife of Bath,” Illinois Medieval Association Conference, Loyola University Chicago, February 2018.

“‘Becoming Conscious’: Bodily Appropriation and Discourse as Resistance in the Second Nun’s Tale,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2017. 

Organization

“Middle English Ecology: Organisms, Environments, and Human In(ter)ventions,” New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, Durham University, July 2022.

“Chaucer’s Menagerie: Animal Representations, Gendered Implications,” New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, Durham University, July 2022.

“Lost in Translation: Women and Beowulf,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2021. 

“Privilege and Position in Pedagogies Medieval and Modern,” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, April 2021. 

“Reconsidering the Second Nun’s Tale,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2017.