Paul Patterson, PhD
Associate Professor of English, Faculty Pre-Law Advisor
Merion Hall 139
- BS – Secondary Education, English, Theology - Pillsbury College
- MA – Department of English, Butler University
- MA – Medieval Literature, Department of English, University of Notre Dame
- PhD – Medieval Literature, Department of English, University of Notre Dame
- 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.
- 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.
- 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)
- 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” (http://www.stanford.edu/group/dmstech/cgi-bin/drupal/node/41)