Areas of Interest
Middle English Literature; Medieval Romance; Gender, Body, and Sexuality Studies; Feminist Scholarship; New 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 literature 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. In her Master of Arts thesis, she examined two understudied female characters in Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, whom she positioned as subversive figures striving to
maintain control over their bodies and being. The project posited sexual control of women’s bodies as a central feature of masculine power structures and illuminated how these women’s
willful behavior afforded them agency when they would otherwise have none. In addition to her work with Chaucer, Emily has also written extensively on Sir Orfeo, the lais of Marie de France, and Beowulf.
Recent Scholarly Work
“Queer Embodiment, Homosocial Imagining, & Human Being in Bisclavret.” International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University. May 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.
“What the Wife of Bath Still Has to Teach Us.” Medieval Studies Research Blog, University of Notre Dame. December 2017.
“‘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.