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Patricia Clare Ingham

Patricia Clare Ingham

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Editor, Exemplaria: A Journal of Theory in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

Ph.D., English. University of California, Santa Barbara, 1995
M.A., English. UCSB, 1992
M.A., Systematic Theology. Graduate Theological Union, University of California, Berkeley, 1988
B.A., History. Loyola University, Los Angeles, 1980

As Professor of English and Medieval Studies, and an affiliate in the department of Religion, my scholarly work assesses the reach and limits of the imagination, both during the Middle Ages and in the ways we have come to think about the medieval period as a whole. My persistent focus has been on the relation of the imagination to literary, philosophical, and historical trends. This explicitly interdisciplinary approach results, in part, from my somewhat unusual interdisciplinary training (I have degrees in History, Theology, and English). But it also stems from a concern with scholarly method, and an according interest in the limitations of most accounts of historical periodization.

I have just published a new book, The Medieval New: Ambivalence in an Age of Innovation (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), a study of the surprising preoccupation with newness and novelty in literary, scientific, and religious discourses of the twelfth through sixteenth centuries. In The Medieval New, I analyze what I see as an ethical ambivalence with which medieval thinkers approached the category of the new. This new history, moreover, can call into question some present-day assumptions about newness, thus demonstrating the relevance of the Middle Ages to today's most pressing questions. I also serve as one of the editors for Exemplaria, Medieval / Early Modern / Theory, the author of Sovereign Fantasies: Arthurian Romance and the Making of Britain (University of Pennsylvania), and co-editor of Postcolonial Moves, Medieval Through Modern (Palgrave). I have published on a range of topics, including Chaucer, medieval romance, historiography, and psychoanalytic, postcolonial, and gender theories.

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Recent Courses

L 213 Masterpieces of Literature: Ancient and Medieval
E 301 English literature to 1600
L 305 Chaucer
L 399 Honors Seminar: Literary Secrets and Lies
L 371 Critical Practices: Theories of Meaning and Pleasure
L 612 Chaucer’s Haunted Aesthetics
L 613/713 Race and Romance
L 613 Romancing Troy: History, Fantasy, and Trauma
L 680 Arthurian Romance
The Post-Colonial Middle Ages
Psychoanalysis and Literature
The Arts of Courtly Love
Lacan’s Ethics of Psychoanalysis
Gender Theory
Getting Medieval: Representations of the Middle Ages in Twentieth-Century Popular Culture

Selected Publications (click images for more information)


The Witch and the HystericThe Witch and the Hysteric. (with Alexander Doty). Brooklyn: punctum books, 2014.

The Medieval New: Ambivalence in an Age of InnovationThe Medieval New: Ambivalence in an Age of Innovation. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015.

Sovereign Fantasies: Arthurian Romance and teh Making of BritainSovereign Fantasies: Arthurian Romance and the Making of Britain. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2001.

Postcolonial Moves: Medieval Through Modernwith Michelle Warren, eds. Postcolonial Moves: Medieval Through Modern. New York: Palgrave Press, 2003.

Journal Issues:

with Karma Lochrie, eds. “Medieval and Early Modern Utopias,” Special Issue. Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, Fall, 2006.


"Chaucerian Translations: Postcolonial Approaches to Teaching the Canterbury Tales," in Peter Travis and Frank Grady, eds. MLA Approaches to Teaching the Canterbury Tales, 2nd edition. (New York: Modern Language Association, 2014), 149-155.

Discipline and Romance," Critical Contexts: Middle English Literature, Routledge Critical Contexts Series. Crocker and Smith, eds. (New York: Routledge, 2014), 276-282.

"Dissention in the Ranks," postmedieval online Forum: Dissent, December 2012. postmedieval: a journal in midieval cultural studies, 3.2 (2012).

"Chaucer's Haunted Aesthetics: Trauma and Mimesis in Troilus and Criseyde," College English, 72.3 (January, 2010), 226-247.

*"Little Nothings: The Squire's Tale and the Ambition of Gadgets," Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 31 (2009), 53-80.

*"Critic Provocateur," Blackwell's Literature Compass, 6.6 (2009): 1094-1108.

“Making all things New: Past, Progress, and the Promise of Utopia.” Introduction to the Special Issue on “Medieval and Early Modern Utopias,” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies. 35.3 (2006), 479-492.

“Losing French: Translation, Nation, and Caxton’s English Statutes,” in Caxton's Trace, ed. William Kuskin (Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2006). 275-298.

"Psychoanalytic Criticism." Chaucer: An Oxford Guide, ed. Steve Ellis (Oxford UP, 2005). 463-478.

“Contrapuntal Histories,” Postcolonial Moves: Medieval Through Modern, eds. Ingham and Warren. (New York: Palgrave Press, 2003.) 47-70.

with Alexander Doty, "The Evil/Medieval: Gender, Sexuality, and Miscegenation in Val Tourner’s Cat People” in BAD: Infamy, Darkness, Evil, and Slime on Screen, ed. Murray Pomerance (New York: SUNY Press, 2003). 225-237.

“Pastoral Histories: Conquest, Utopia, and the Wife of Bath’s Tale,” Texas Studies in Literature and Language, 44.1 (2002), 34-46.

“‘In Contrayez Straunge’: Colonial Relations, British Identity and Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” New Medieval Literatures, 4 (2001), 61-93.

“Marking Time: ‘Branwen, Daughter of Llyr’ and the Colonial Refrain,” The Post-Colonial Middle Ages, ed. Jeffrey J. Cohen New York: St. Martin’s Press, 2000, 225-46.

“Homosociality and Creative Masculinity in Chaucer’s Knight’s Tale,” Masculinities in Chaucer, ed. Peter G. Beidler, Suffolk: Boydell & Brewer, 1998, 23-35

“Masculine Military Unions: Rivalry and Brotherhood in the Avowing of King Arthur,” Arthuriana, 6, 4 (Winter, 1996): 25-44.