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Profile: Theresa Tinkle

Title: Professor of English and Arthur F. Thurnau Professor
Ph.D., UCLA  1989

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Research Interests

Primary Interests

Medieval English and Latin literature, particularly drama; medieval and early modern Bible reception; gender and religion; manuscript and early print culture; Christian representations of Islam and Judaism; pedagogy 

Secondary Interests

Feminist and cultural theory, material culture 


Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis (Palgrave, 2010)
Medieval Venuses and Cupids: Sexuality, Hermeneutics, and English Poetry (1996)

Edited Collections:
Chaucer and the Challenges of Medievalism: Studies in Honor of H. A. Kelly, ed. Donka Minkova and Theresa Tinkle (2003)
The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture, ed. George Bornstein and Theresa Tinkle (1998)

"Sir John Mandeville's God(s)," ELH (2015)
"God's Best Beloved: Christians and Jews in The Book of John Mandeville," JEGP (2014)
"Teaching Close Reading Skills in a Large Lecture Class," co-authored with Daphna Atias, Ruth McAdams, Cordelia Zukerman, Pedagogy (2013)
“The Wife of Bath’s Marginal Authority,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer (2010)
“Contested Authority: Jerome and the Wife of Bath,” Chaucer Review (2010)
“Jews in the Fleury Playbook,” Comparative Drama (2004)
“The Imagined Chaucerian Community of Bodleian MS Fairfax 16,” in Chaucer and the Challenges of Medievalism (2003)
"Exegesis Reconsidered: The Fleury Slaughter of Innocents and the Myth of Ritual Murder," Journal of English and Germanic Philology (2003)
"The Case of the Variable Source: Alan of Lille's De Planctu Naturae, Jean de Meun's Roman de la Rose, and Chaucer's Parlement of Foules," Studies in the Age of Chaucer (2000)
"The Wife of Bath's Textual-Sexual Lives," in The Iconic Page in Manuscript, Print, and Digital Culture (1998)'
"The Heart's Eye: Beatific Vision in Purity," Studies in Philology (1988)
"Saturn of the Several Faces: A Survey of the Medieval Mythographic Traditions," Viator (1987)
  • Gender and Power in Medieval Exegesis

Additional Info

Students in my undergraduate courses are compiling an important archive of their research on Medieval Literature and Material Culture. You may visit this website at http://www.sitemaker.umich.edu/medieval/home

Selected Honors and Awards:

Provost's Teaching Innovation Prize (2012)
UM Faculty Recognition Award (2004)
UM Office of the Provost Career Development Award (1999)
Arthur F. Thurnau Professor (1998)
 College of LS&A Excellence in Education Awards (1991, 1992, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 1999)
Van Courtlandt Elliott Prize from the Medieval Academy of America (1989)


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