Mary Raschko earned a B.A. in English from Georgetown University in 2001 and went on to complete a Ph.D. in medieval English literature at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2009. Before coming to Whitman, she taught in the English department at Mercer University in Macon, GA.
Mary teaches literature from across the Middle Ages as well as the occasional course on Shakespeare. She especially enjoys teaching late medieval satire in classes featuring Chaucer, Langland's Piers Plowman, and medieval drama, as well as the many accretions and adaptations of the King Arthur legends.
Her scholarly interests pertain to both literature and religion, especially their intersection in narrative or imaginative works of theology. Her book project, Rewriting Parables in Late Medieval England, explores how writers adapted biblical stories to fourteenth- and fifteenth-century culture. The book features a wide range of genres and shows that not only poets, but also writers of interpretive glosses, sermons, and devotional texts regarded scripture as flexible, dynamic text and participated in lively debates about its meaning. Mary loves working with medieval manuscripts and has published articles on the extant manuscripts of the gospel harmony Oon of Foure as well as the fifteenth-century guide to salvation entitled A Schort Reule of Lif. Her newest work pertains to narrative and cultural memory, exploring how various Middle English renditions of the Life of Christ advocate or critique different forms of Christian living.