Ph.D. Medieval English Literature
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Mary teaches literature from across the Middle Ages, as well as Shakespeare, introductory English courses, and the first-year seminar. She especially enjoys teaching Middle English satire in classes featuring Chaucer and Langland's Piers Plowman, as well as medieval drama and book history.
Her scholarly interests pertain to both literature and religion, especially their intersection in narrative or imaginative works of theology. Her first book The Politics of Middle English Parables (Manchester University Press, 2019) examines the intersection of fiction, theology, and social practice in translated gospel parables, revealing how varied renditions of these enigmatic stories inscribe the ideologies, power structures, and cultural debates of late-medieval Christianity.
Her interest in how literary forms construct Christian faith extends to her work with Wycliffite biblical writing. Recent publications include a co-edited cluster of essays on Forms of Faith: Lollardy and Late Medieval Textual Culture (in YLS 31) and articles on the prologues to the Wycliffite Glossed Gospels, Wycliffite Bible manuscripts, and the textual and material forms of the gospel harmony Oon of Foure.