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Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Medieval and Renaissance Literature

(Image:  Public Domain Image of the Book of Kells depicting the four evangelists: Matthew the Man, Mark the Lion, Luke the Calf, and John the Eagle)

The Ph.D. in Medieval studies at Loyola University is designed for graduate students with a variety of research interests.  The Medieval faculty are versed in fields such as Early Modern Culture, Shakespeare and Renaissance Drama, Chaucer, Reception Theory, Milton, Textual Studies, Paleography and Manuscript Studies,  and Medieval English and continental literature. 

Requirements:

Faculty:

Biester, Foster, Kendrick, Knapp, Strain, Wheatley

Sample Courses:

A list is available here.

Featured Faculty Books:


Image Ethics in Shakespeare and Spenser
by James Knapp

This book is a study of the connection between visuality and ethical action in early modern English literature.  Focusing on works by Shakespeare and Spenser, it details varying attitudes toward the development of ethical human subjectivity at a moment when basic assumptions about perception and knowledge were breaking down.


Stumbling Blocks Before the Blind: Medieval Constructions of a Disability
by Edward Wheatley

This book presents the first comprehensive exploration of a disability in the Middle Ages, drawing on the literature, history, art history, and religious discourse of England and France. It relates current theories of disability to the cultural and institutional constructions of blindness in the eleventh through fifteenth centuries, examining the surprising differences in the treatment of blind people and the responses to blindness in these two countries.


Bloody Good: Chivalry, Sacrifice, and the Great War
by Allen Frantzen

Allen J. Frantzen traces these chivalric ideals from the Great War back to their origins in the Middle Ages and shows how they resulted in highly influential models of behavior for men in combat. Drawing on a wide selection of literature and images from the medieval period, along with photographs, memorials, postcards, war posters, and film from both sides of the front, Frantzen shows how such media shaped a chivalric ideal of male sacrifice based on the Passion of Jesus Christ.


Utopia, Carnival, and Commonwealth in Renaissance England
by Christopher Kendrick

In a detailed reading of Thomas More's Utopia, Kendrick argues that the uncanny dislocations, the incongruities and blank spots often remarked upon in Book II's description of Utopian society, amount to a way of discovering uneven development, and that the appeal of Utopian communism stems from its answering the desire of the smallholding class (in which are to be numbered European humanists) for unity and power.


Thomas Middleton in Context 
by Suzanne Gossett

In this collection of essays about the Jacobean playwright Thomas Middleton – recently called “our other Shakespeare” -- experts in literature, theatre, history, law, and religion analyze the complex contexts of Middleton's works, clarifying debates over his religious and political affiliations. The book is divided into sections presenting new interpretations of the world in which Middleton wrote – as a Londoner, citizen, dramatist and early modern man – and covers the full range of his dramatic and non-dramatic works, as considerably enlarged by a century of attribution scholarship.

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