Research InterestsMedieval Literature
Kathy Lavezzo, Professor of English, teaches courses on medieval literature and culture, with specific interests in race, nationhood, the sex/gender system, cultural geography and literary history. Her publications include a wide range of articles in venues including PMLA, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, and New Medieval Literatures. Her most recent book, The Accommodated Jew: English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton, appears in two must-read lists by Book Riot; it understands the mapping of Jews in English texts as richly responsive to the appearance of a secular and market-driven Christian society. With Lisa Lampert-Weissig, she is the principal investigator for a digital humanities project, Remappings. Her current research involves three projects: a student-centered book, contracted to Routledge, called Race in Medieval Europe: Making Whiteness Visible; a polemical and reparative critical book, Bad Medievalism; and a public-oriented book about literature and the human. Her scholarship has been supported by a Frankel Institute Fellowship at the University of Michigan and a Solmsen Fellowship at the Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin-Madison.
Imagining a Medieval English Nation. University of Minnesota Press, 2003. Editor.
Angels on the Edge of the World: Geography, Literature, and English Community, 1000-1534. Cornell University Press, 2006.
Essays in Memory of Richard Helgerson: Laureations. Editor, with Roze Hentschell
The Accommodated Jew: English Antisemitism from Bede to Milton. Cornell University Press, 2016.