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Kathryn McKinley

Contact Information
Office: PAHB 408
Office Number: 410-455-2006

Areas of Interest: Medieval Literature



Kathryn McKinley, Associate Professor of English and Director of the Medieval and Early Modern Studies Minor, received her bachelor’s degree from Pennsylvania State University (English honors with studies in Classics), her M. A. (Classics) from the University of Toronto, and her Ph. D. (English) from the University of Delaware. She has been a recipient of grants and awards from the National Endowment for the Humanities, the American Philosophical Society, and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center. She also helped found the interdepartmental minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies (MEMS) at UMBC.

Her research and teaching interests include medieval Latin, Ovid, Chaucer, the materiality of devotional practices in late medieval England, agency of medieval art, and the relation between art and pilgrimage. Her publications include Reading the Ovidian Heroine: Metamorphoses Commentaries 1100-1618 (Leiden, 2001); Ovid in the Middle Ages (Cambridge, 2011; coedited with Frank T. Coulson and James G. Clark); and articles in Chaucer ReviewViator, and English Manuscript Studies 1100-1700.

As part of her recent work on images and medieval devotional practice, she has published “Ekphrasis as Aesthetic Pilgrimage in Chaucer’s House of Fame Book 1” in Meaning in Motion: the Semantics of Movement in Medieval Art (Princeton, 2011): 215-32. Her book, Chaucer and Boccaccio: Image, Vision and the Vernacular in the House of Fame, will be published by the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies Press, University of Toronto, in 2016.