Marjorie Housley

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B.A., Smith College
M.A. (Medieval Studies), University of Connecticut
Ph.D., University of Notre Dame


Dr. Marjorie Housley is a Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at the University of Notre Dame. Margie’s current research examines the how representations of affect produce ethical discourse in medieval heroic literature—in particular literatures of England, Ireland, and Scandinavia—and she has written and presented on a wide range of literary traditions and methodologies. Margie's teaching focuses on interdisciplinary, intersectional, and multimodal approaches: she has taught courses in Literature (including comparative medieval literature, refugee literature, and medievalisms) and First-Year Writing (with both literature and traditional rhetorical-analytical approaches), as well as Gender Studies.

Selected Publications and Presentations:

“Queer Time and the Ethics of Emotion in Medieval North Atlantic Heroic Literature.” PhD diss., University of Notre Dame, 2019.

“Uneasy Presences: Revulsion and Atemporality in Soul & Body Poems” postmedieval 11, no. 2 (June 2020).

Unnamed Emotions: Affect, Gender, and Subjectivity in Old English Poetry,” in Feminist Approaches to Anglo-Saxon Studies, ed. Robin Norris, Rebecca Stephenson, and Renée R. Trilling (Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, forthcoming).

“Sexual Violence and Queer Reproduction in Early Middle English and Middle Welsh Literature.” Making Early Middle English Conference. University of Victoria, Canada.  September 2016.

Teaching Interests:
Medieval literature; comparative Global North Atlantic literatures; thinking & feeling in the medieval world; literary theory (particularly queer & affect theory); medieval gender & race; poetics; premodern space & place; modern medievalisms; Old English, Old Norse, and Old Irish Languages