Areas of Interest
Old and Middle English Literatures; Representations of Women; Gender, Body, and Sexuality Studies; Feminist Scholarship; Trans-Historicism
M.A. in English, Oregon State University
B.A. in English and Secondary Education, Western State Colorado University
Emily McLemore is a Ph.D. student specializing in Medieval English literatures with a 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 trans-historical connections between medieval and contemporary thought and practices. Her Master of Arts thesis, in which she positioned two understudied female characters in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales as subversive figures striving to maintain control over their bodies and being, was nominated for Oregon State University’s All-University Thesis Award. The project posited sexual control of women’s bodies as a critical feature of masculine power structures and illuminated how these female characters’ willful behavior afforded them agency when they would otherwise have none. In addition to her work on Chaucer, Emily has also written extensively on Sir Orfeo, the lais of Marie de France, and Beowulf.
“What the Wife of Bath Still Has to Teach Us.” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame. December 2017.
“From Huntress to Hunted: ‘Wayward’ Women & the Predatory Disposition of the Knight’s Tale.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University. May 2019.
“Between Life & Death: Fairy Magic & Metaphysics in Sir Orfeo.” Sewanee Medieval Colloquium, University of the South. April 2019.
“After Rape: Navigating Trauma, Negotiating Mortality in Sir Orfeo.” English Department Graduate Research Symposium, University of Notre Dame. March 2019.
“Female Bodies, Ekphrastic Violence, & Transhistorical Captivity in the Knight’s Tale.” Medieval Seminar, University of Notre Dame. February 2019.
“Queer Embodiment, Homosocial Imagining, & Human Being in Bisclavret.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University. May 2018.
“Reading in Silence: Queer Bodies & Masculine Desire in Marie de France’s Bisclavret.” English Department Graduate Research Symposium, University of Notre Dame. April 2018.
“On Rape & Reform: What the Wife of Bath Still Has to Teach Us.” Reframing Medieval Bodies Conference, Illinois Medieval Association, Loyola University. February 2018.
“‘Becoming Conscious’: Bodily Appropriation & Discourse as Resistance in the Second Nun’s Tale.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University. May 2017.
“Willed Women: Female Bodies & Subversive Being in the Knight’s and Second Nun’s Tales.” Master of Arts Thesis, Oregon State University. May 2017.