Paul Patterson, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Co-Director, Medieval, Renaissance and Reformation Studies Program
Discipline Taught: English
Office: Merion Hall 139
Phone: (610) 660-1353
- B.S. – Secondary Education, English, Theology - Pillsbury College
- M.A. – Department of English, Butler University
- M.A. – Medieval Literature, Department of English, University of Notre Dame
- Ph.D. – Medieval Literature, Department of English, University of Notre Dame
General Fields of Professional Interest
Late medieval religious writing; Middle English Literature; manuscript studies; textual criticism; book history; Chaucer reception
My courses emphasize close reading and discussion. To that end, my courses feature short lectures, discussion, group work, and in-class responses. I emphasize the material nature of the text and as often as possible introduce my students to textual and editing theory and to medieval manuscripts and early print books.
Member of the Early Book Society; Langland Society; Lollard Society; Medieval Academy of America; Modern Language Association; and New Chaucer Society
NEH Summer Stipend (2011); Huntington Library / British Academy Exchange Fellowship for Study in Great Britain (2011); Course Development Grant, Saint Joseph’s University (2011); Newberry Library / British Academy Exchange Fellowship for Study in Great Britain (2010); Saint Joseph's University Faculty Summer Development Grant, (2009); Awarded the Gilbert and Ursula Farfel Fellow of the Huntington Library, San Marino, CA (2006); Lilly Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship, Seattle Pacific University (2005-2006); Shallek Dissertation Award, Medieval Academy of America and Richard III Society of America (2004-2005).
Participant in “Adaptations,” Mellon Regional Faculty Fellowship, Penn Humanities Forum (2011-12); “The Reformation of the Book: 1450-1700, ” NEH Summer Seminar (2007) and “Image, Text, Context: Interdisciplinary Approaches to the Illuminated Manuscript,” Erasmus Institute Summer Seminar (2005)
Adviser to the “Parker’s Scribe” project, a subproject to the Mellon Foundation-funded digitization initiative “Making Medieval English Manuscripts: New Knowledge, New Technologies” (http://www.stanford.edu/group/dmstech/cgi-bin/drupal/node/41)
Book Review Editor for the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (JMRC)
I have also taught at the University of Cincinnati and St. Joseph’s College of New York.
- ENG 101 Craft of Language
- ENG 102 Texts and Contexts
- ENG 208 Filming the Middle Ages
- ENG 208 King Arthur in Film and Literature
- ENG 208 Robin Hood Past and Present
- ENG 208 Archetypes: Ancient and Modern (online course)
- ENG 208 The Short Story (online course)
- ENG 221 Backgrounds for English Studies
- ENG 301 Middle English Literature
- ENG 401 Chaucer and the Medieval World
- ENG 618 The Idea of the Book: From Codex to Computers
“Preaching with the Hands: Carthusian Book Production and the Speculum Devotorum,” in Medieval Latin and Middle English Literature: Essays in Honor of Jill Mann edited by Maura B. Nolan and Christopher Cannon (Cambridge: D. S. Brewer, 2011), 134-51.
“Reforming Chaucer: Margins and Religion in an Apocryphal Canterbury Tale,” Book History 8 (2005): 11-36.
“The Book and Religious Practice in Late-Medieval England (Introduction),” Religion and Literature 37.2 Summer (2005): 1-8.
Editor, “The Book and Religious Practice in Late Medieval England,” Special Issue of Religion & Literature, 37.2 (2005)
Book Reviews in Notes & Queries, The Yearbook of Langland Studies, and The Medieval Review
Forthcoming and In-progress
Mirror to Devout People (Speculum devotorum), in progress for the Early English Text Society, Oxford University Press.
“Translating Access and Authority at Syon Abbey,” in 'Diuerse Imaginaciouns of Cristes Life': Devotional Culture in England and Beyond, 1300-1560, edited by Stephen Kelly and Ryan Perry. Forthcoming from Brepols (2012).