Emily McLemore

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Email: emclemor@nd.edu

Areas of Interest
Old and Middle English Literature and Language; 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 specializes in Medieval Literature with a Graduate Minor in Gender Studies. Her research focuses on representations of women and addresses the perpetual entanglement of sex and violence that extends from the medieval period to the modern one. She recently defended her dissertation, “Desiring Women: Pleasure and Power in Late Medieval English Literature,” which examines representations of women’s desire and explores how eroticism triangulates desire and pleasure. In turn, the project considers what the foregrounding of female desire indicates about gendered power in medieval texts and our modern conception of erotica.

Currently, Emily is a Graduate Fellow and Visiting Lecturer at the University of Notre Dame in England where she is teaching “Envisioning Otherworlds: Literature in/and London,” a course centered around the otherworldly in British literature from the Middle Ages to the Victorian era. As an educator, she is passionate about facilitating student-centered learning experiences. She has taught literature and composition courses at the University of Notre Dame and Oregon State University, as well as language arts and creative writing at the high school and middle school levels. She 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 and was recruited as a Graduate Associate of the Kaneb Center for Teaching Excellence in Spring 2021.

Publications

 

Conference Activity

Presentations 

  • “‘That my wyl was his willes instrument’: Desire and Despair in the Squire’s Tale,” New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, Durham University, July 2022.
  • “Bawdy Talk, Body Parts, and Female Things in the Old English Riddles,” International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2022.
  • “Macabre Erotics and the Desire for Death in Henryson’s Testament of Cresseid,” Medieval Academy of America, University of Virginia, March 2022.
  • “Bewitching Desire: Women’s Secrets, Seduction Magic, and Sexual Medievalism,” Mid-Atlantic Popular and American Culture Association Annual Conference (Virtual), November 2021.
  • “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.
  • “Bodily Appropriation and Discourse as Resistance in the Second Nun’s Tale,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 2017.

Organization

  • “Chaucer’s Menagerie: Animal Representations, Gendered Implications,” New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, Durham University, July 2022.
  • “Middle English Ecology: Organisms, Environments, and Human In(ter)ventions,” New Chaucer Society Biennial Congress, Durham University, July 2022.
  • “Transgressing Boundaries: Women’s Agency in Medieval Literature” (I & II), International Medieval Congress, University of Leeds, July 2022.
  • “What Women Want: Representing Desire in Medieval English Texts,” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, May 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.