Emily McLemore

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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 English literatures with a Graduate Minor in Gender Studies. Her research focuses on representations of women, the female body, and sexuality during the Middle Ages. She most often explores the intersections of gender, sex, and violence and examines 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,” positioned two understudied female characters from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as subversive figures striving to maintain control over their bodies and being. It posited sexual control of women’s bodies as a critical feature of patriarchal power structures and illuminated how these female characters’ willful behavior afforded them agency when they would otherwise have none. The project was nominated for Oregon State University’s All-University Thesis Award. Her dissertation project explores representations of women’s desire in late medieval texts and interrogates the violence persistently entangled with female sexuality.  

Publications

“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/.

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 2020. 

“Curating Gower,” International Congress of the John Gower Society, University of Notre Dame, June 2020. 

“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 2020. 

“Women’s Positions, Men’s Privilege, and Meghan Purvis’s Beowulf,” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, April 2020.

“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. 

“On Rape and Reform: What the Wife of Bath Still Has to Teach Us,” 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.

Conference Organization

“Middle English Ecology: Organisms, Environments, and Human In(ter)ventions,” New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, Durham University, July 2020. 

“Chaucer’s Menagerie: Animal Representations, Gendered Implications?,” New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, Durham University, July 2020. 

“Lost in Translation: Women and Beowulf,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2020. 

“Privilege and Position in Pedagogies Medieval and Modern,” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, The University of the South, April 2020. 

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