Paul J. Patterson, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Office: Merion Hall 139
Phone: (610) 660-1353

Curriculum Vitae (CV)


  • 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

Professional Experience

Research Interests

Late medieval religious writing; Middle English Literature; manuscript studies; textual criticism; book history; Chaucer reception

Pedagogical Style

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.

Professional Organizations

Early Book Society; Langland Society; Lollard Society; Medieval Academy of America; Modern Language Association; and New Chaucer Society


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.

Courses Taught


  • 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
  • ENG 620 Strange Days: Apocalyptic Film and Literature
  • ENG 620 Drag Me to Hell: Horror in Film and Literature


In Print


Mirror to Devout People (Speculum devotorum), Early English Text Society, o.s. 346, Oxford University Press (2016).

Articles and Book Chapters:

“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 (2015), pp. 443-459

“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:

“Female Readers and the Sources of the Mirror to Devout People," Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (Spring 2016)

"Sermons,” in The Encyclopedia of Medieval British Literature, eds. Robert Rouse and Sian Echard (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016)


Grants and Awards

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) 

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” (