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Jenny Bledsoe

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Dr Jenny Bledsoe


  • Professor
    English Broken Arrow

Office Location

  • Broken Arrow
    Broken Arrow Liberal Arts 280
    (918) 449-6541


I am a tenure-track Assistant Professor of English at Northeastern State University in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma. I teach a range of introductory courses, including the British literature surveys, introduction to womens and gender studies, and history of the English language. At the upper-division and masters level, I offer special topics courses in medieval and early modern British and European literature, gender and sexuality, and the global Middle Ages. My research focuses on book history and material culture, religious literature, the history of emotions, and gender studies. During the 2018-2019 year, I was a Mellon Teaching Fellow in the Department of English at Agnes Scott College. I earned a PhD in English from Emory University and a masters degree in Religion, Literature, and Culture from Harvard University. For more information, visit www.jennycbledsoe.com.


  • Ph D,English, Emory University,Summa cum laude,2019
  • OtherM.T.S.,Religion, Literature, and Culture,Harvard University,Summa cum laude,2013
  • BA,English and Religious Studies,University of Tennessee,Summa cum laude,2011
My research focuses on book history and material culture, religious literature, the history of emotions, and gender studies.
British literature, medieval and early modern literature, world literature, gender and sexuality, the global Middle Ages

Intellectual Content:

  • Tactile Affects: Materiality and Feeling in Medieval British Literature (monograph) (Book, Scholarly-New), Discovery, In Preparation; Not Yet Submitted, ,
  • Journal of Early Middle English, special issue on Materiality and Early Middle English Reclusion (Other), Discovery, Accepted, ,
  • Materiality, Documentary Authority, and the Circulation of the Katherine Group" (journal article) (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Discovery, Working Paper, ,
  • "Holy Families and Vowed Life: The Legends of East Anglian Sister Saints in a Seventeenth-Century English Manuscript" (Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New), Discovery, Submitted, ,
  • Heterosexuality" (book chapter) (Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New), Discovery, Accepted, ,
  • Womens Work and Mens Devotions: The Fabrics of the Passion in O Vernicle (journal article) (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Discovery, Accepted, ,
  • Materially Engaged Reading in the Writing Classroom" (journal article) (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Teaching & Learning, Published, , 2019
  • Part IV: Arts of Preaching" (bibliographic essay) (Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New), Integration, Published, , 2019
  • Sympathy for the Demon: Affective Instruction in the Katherine Group" (journal article) (Journal Article, Academic Journal), Discovery, Published, , 2018
  • Hildegard of Bingen on Evil (book chapter) (Book, Chapter in Scholarly Book-New), Discovery, Published, , 2018


  • Mise-en-page and Adaptation: An Assignment for Medieval-Inspired Manuscript Leaves of Chaucers ABC Poem - Chaucer MetaPage roundtable on Tactile Teaching, Kalamazoo, 54th International Congress on Medieval Studies (ICMS) - - May 2019
  • Rolls and Fragments: Medieval Material Culture and Digital Tools - History of the Early Book, Bound with History: Encounters with the Rose Librarys Collections, Stuart A. Rose Manuscript, Archives, and Rare Book Library, Emory University - - April 2019
  • Emorys Fifteenth-Century English Chronicle Roll: Late Medieval History Writing and Sixteenth-Century Nobility - Symposium accompanying The Materiality of Devotion: From Manuscript to Print, an exhibition at Pitts Theology Library, Emory University - - March 2019
  • Britains Sondry Tonges: Teaching a Multilingual, Non-Chronological Survey - CLCS Celtic & LLC Old English Forums, Modern Language Association Convention, Chicago - - January 2019
  • The Katherine Group and Ancrene Wisse in Manuscript Context - Presentation to graduate course on medieval religious literature; mentoring meeting with undergraduate students, University of Tennessee, Knoxville - - September 2018
  • Slow Reading and Skimming: Graphic Tail-Rhyme in a Manuscript Roll of an Alliterative Hymn to St Katherine - Yale Universitys Digital Editing and the Medieval Manuscript Roll, Kalamazoo, 53rd ICMS - - May 2018
  • Across Languages, Periods, and Genres: The Katherine Group Saints Lives as Pastoral Instruction - 93rd Annual Meeting of the Medieval Academy of America, Emory - - March 2018
  • Writing Metaphors and Canonical Questions in the Katherine Group Saints Lives and Sermons - Womens Literary Culture and the Medieval Canon, University of Bergen, Norway - - June 2017
  • Devotional Content and Manuscript Form: Material Metaphors and Aesthetic Status in the Katherine Group - Harvard English Medieval Colloquium, Kalamazoo, 52nd ICMS - - May 2017
  • A Demons Rhyming Couplets in the Alliterative Prose Seinte Margarete - Roundtable on Gender, Affect, and Lyric Voice, Kalamazoo, 51st ICMS - - May 2016

Courses Taught:

  • ENGLISH LITERATURE II - ENGL 3653 - Spring 2020
  • WORLD LITERATURE - ENGL 3413 - Spring 2020
  • ENGLISH STUDIES I - ENGL 4903 - Spring 2020
  • ENGLISH LITERATURE I - ENGL 3543 - Fall 2019
  • WORLD LITERATURE - ENGL 3413 - Fall 2019