Emily McLemore

Mclemore Dept Photo2020

Email: emclemor@nd.edu

Areas of Interest
Old and Middle English Literatures; Representations of Women; Gender and Sexuality; Critical Theory; Pedagogy in Higher Education

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 often examines the intersections of gender, sex, and violence, as well as the transhistorical connections between medieval and contemporary thought and practices. Her dissertation, tentatively titled “Wanting Women: Desire, Eroticism, and Power in Late Medieval English Literature” explores women’s desire in relation to agency and pleasure and interrogates the violence persistently entangled with women’s sexuality. In addition to her dissertation research, Emily works as a staff contributor for the Medieval Studies Research Blog, where she tends to write about teaching medieval texts. 

As an educator, Emily is passionate about pedagogical research and creating student-centered learning experiences. She has taught first-year composition and literature courses at the University of Notre Dame and Oregon State University, as well as creative writing and language arts at the high school and middle school levels. She is a Graduate Associate of the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence and received Honorable Mention for the Graduate Student Union’s Teaching Assistant Award for her work with the Introduction to Gender Studies course in Fall 2020. Prior to the pandemic, Emily was offered a teaching appointment at the London Global Gateway for the 2020-21 academic year. Her fellowship has been deferred to Fall 2021, pending the resumption of study abroad programming. 

Publications

“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: https://sites.nd.edu/manuscript-studies/2021/04/28/grendels-mother-eats-man-woman-inherits-the-epic-why-women-should-continue-teaching-beowulf/?fbclid=IwAR0iUaWSkDr865lETGr4WtxXKqJQqsV_j3XZLEwGRVq0t3bSPtQYOQu6Kt0

“Thinking Sex, Teaching Violence, and The Book of Margery Kempe,” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame, March 2021: https://sites.nd.edu/manuscript-studies/2021/03/03/thinking-sex-teaching-violence-and-the-book-of-margery-kempe/

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

“Teaching Consent: More Lessons from the Wife of Bath,” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame, December 2020, https://sites.nd.edu/manuscript-studies/2020/12/18/teaching-consent-more-lessons-from-the-wife-of-bath/.

“Medieval Sexuality, Medical Misogyny, and the Makings of the Modern Witch,” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame, October 2020, https://sites.nd.edu/manuscript-studies/2020/10/30/medieval-sexuality-medical-misogyny-and-the-makings-of-the-modern-witch/

“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.