Areas of Interest
Middle English and Old English Literatures; Gender Studies; Feminist Theory; Queer Theory; History and Rhetoric of the Body; Folklore and Fairy Tales
M.A., Oregon State University
B.A., Western State Colorado University
Emily McLemore is a Ph.D. student specializing in medieval literature. Her research focuses on representations of women, the female body, and sexuality during the Middle Ages and explores the trans-historical connections between medieval and contemporary thought and practices. Her Master of Arts thesis examines two understudied female characters in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales who emerge as subversive figures by striving to maintain control over their bodies and being. The project posits sexual control of women’s bodies as a central feature of masculine power structures and reveals a lineage of willful behavior by women that has afforded them agency when they would otherwise have none. In addition to her work with Chaucer, Emily has also written extensively on the lais of Marie de France and Beowulf.
Recent Scholarly Work
“Willed Women: Female Bodies & Subversive Being in the Knight’s and Second Nun’s Tales.” Master of Arts Thesis, Oregon State University. May 2017.
“‘Becoming Conscious’: Bodily Appropriation & Discourse as Resistance in the Second Nun’s Tale.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University. May 2017.