Loyola University Chicago

Writing Program

Julie Chamberlin




I am a Lecturer in English with a specialization in medieval and early modern literature. 

Recent courses include: Exploring Shakespeare, Exploring Drama, Renaissance Literature, Interpreting Literature: Form and Transformation, Writing Responsibly, and Business Writing. 

My academic research focuses on the intersection of medieval literature and concepts of legal personhood during a period of linguistic and political transition in England (twelfth through fourteenth centuries). I read animal fables that involve court scenes and arbitration alongside medieval legal documents, arguing that medieval writers used fable as a space where ideas of what it means to speak at law and to be a vulnerable body before the law could be defined, contested, and reimagined. 


  • BA,University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • PhD, Indiana Univeristy Bloomington

Research Interests

  • Medieval British Literature
  • Medieval Law
  • Fables
  • Justice
  • Animals
  • Ecocriticism
  • Posthuman Theory
  • Old French
  • Middle English


  • FCIP Micro-Grant Recipient, Loyola University Chicago 2022
  • Helen Ann Mins Robbins Dissertation Fellow, University of Rochester, 2018-2019
  • Teaching Award, Indiana University, 2015 & 2017



  • “Philosophie and Folie: Translating Suffering in Marie de France’s Fables.” Le Cygne: International Journal of the Marie de France Society. Vol. 3 (Fall 2016), pp. 21–38.