BA, Bryn Mawr College
M.Phil., Cambridge University
Ph.D., Fordham University (2017)
Field of Study: Late Medieval and Early Modern Literature
Texts and Contexts: Bleeding Hearts
Repentant Readers: Medical Discourses and Spiritual Self-Shaping in Late Medieval and Early Modern England
My dissertation examines the use of medical discourses in Pre- and Post-Reformation penitential writings – personal meditations, allegorical narratives, sermons, poems – in order to elucidate how devout people in both periods used reading as a means of reforming body and soul. This project gives special attention to under-used archival sources that bear witness to individual penitential reading practices.