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Kathy Lavezzo

Kathy Lavezzo
Ph.D. University of California, Santa Barbara 1999; M.A., University of Virginia, 1988
452 EPB
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Medieval 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 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. Her publications include a wide range of articles in venues including PMLA, Studies in the Age of Chaucer, and New Medieval Literatures. Her recent postmedieval essay, “Antisemitism and Female Power in the Medieval City,” was a 2020 Feminae Article of the Month winner. 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 public-facing book about literature and the category of the human, and a critical book, Bad Medievalism, contracted to Fordham University Press. A version of her chapter on whiteness, medievalism, J.R.R. Tolkien and Stuart Hall, which appeared in postmedieval in winter 2021, has an Altmetric ranking in the top 2% of tracked articles of a similar age in all journals.  
Whiteness, medievalism, immigration: rethinking Tolkien through Stuart Hall


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.

Imagining a Medieval English Nation           Geography, Literature, and English Community, 1000-1534          Laurenations, Kathryn Lavezzo          bookcover