MENU

Jennifer N. Brown

Professor of English and World Literatures
Chair, Department of English and World Literatures

Dr. Brown received her Ph.D. from the Graduate Center, City University of New York.  She teaches all things medieval and early modern in the department. Her courses include the medieval and early modern surveys, Chaucer, Shakespeare, Arthurian Literature and the History of the English Language. She takes her classes to the Met and the Cloisters frequently in order to reinforce how medieval art, architecture and literature are linked together.

Dr. Brown’s research interests include medieval literature written by, for and about women. She has published several books and articles on these topics, including Three Women of Liege (Brepols, 2008), Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture (co-edited with Donna Bussell, York Medieval Press, 2012), and Cosmology, Sociality and Sexuality in Medieval Literary Texts (co-edited with Marla Segol, Palgrave Press, 2013). Her 2011 article in The Journal of the History of Sexuality won the bi-annual Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship prize for Best Article. 

From 2010-2013, Dr. Brown served as the president of the Medieval Club of New York, which sponsors monthly academic lectures on medieval topics. She also recently finished her terms on the boards of the Hagiography Society and the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship.

Dr. Brown is currently finishing her book project entitled Fruit of the Orchard: Catherine of Siena in Medieval and Early Modern England. An article related to this project, “The Many Misattributions of Catherine of Siena: Beyond The Orchard in England,” has been published in the Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (Issue 41, 2015). 

Jennifer N. Brown has teaching and research interests in Medieval and Early Modern Literature.

In Brief

Jennifer N. Brown has teaching and research interests in Medieval and Early Modern Literature.

Title/Position

Professor of English and World Literatures
Chair, Department of English and World Literatures

Department

English and World Literatures

Email

jbrown1@mmm.edu

Phone

646-393-4120

Degree(s)

B.A., Georgetown University
M.A., Georgetown University
Ph.D., The Graduate Center, City University of New York

Recent Work

BOOKS

Fruit of the Orchard: Catherine of Siena in Late Medieval and Early Modern England (Forthcoming from University of Toronto Press, 2018)

Sexuality, Sociality and Cosmology in Medieval Texts Eds. Jennifer N. Brown and Marla Segol. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013.

Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture: Authorship and Authority in a Female Community Eds. Jennifer N. Brown and Donna Bussell. York: University of York Medieval Press, 2012.

Three Women of Liège: A Critical Edition of and Commentary on the Middle English Lives of Elizabeth of Spalbeek, Christina Mirabilis, and Marie d’Oignies, Medieval Women: Texts and Contexts Volume 23, (Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2008)

ARTICLES IN JOURNALS AND EDITED COLLECTIONS

“The Many Misattributions of Catherine of Siena: Beyond The Orchard in England.” The Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures. (41) 2015. 67-84.

“From the Charterhouse to the Printing House: Catherine of Siena in Medieval England” Ed. Nicole Rice. Middle English Religious Writing in Practice: Texts, Readers, and Transformations. Middle English Religious Writing in Practice: Texts, Readers, and TransformationsTurnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2013. 17-47.

“Introduction.” Co-written with Marla Segol. Eds. Jennifer N. Brown and Marla Segol. Sexuality, Sociality and Cosmology in Medieval Texts New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 1-6.

“Cosmology and Sexuality in Robert Henryson’s Orpheus and Eurydice in Eds. Jennifer N. Brown and Marla Segol. Sexuality, Sociality and Cosmology in Medieval Texts New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2013. 145-158.

“Introduction.” Co-written with Donna Bussell. Eds. Jennifer N. Brown and Donna Bussell. Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture: Authorship and Authority in a Female Community York: University of York Medieval Press, 2012. 1-32.

“Body, Gender, and Nation in the Nun of Barking’s Vie of Edward the Confessor.” Eds. Jennifer N. Brown and Donna Bussell. Barking Abbey and Medieval Literary Culture: Authorship and Authority in a Female Community York: University of York Medieval Press, 2012. 145-163.

“Marie of Oignies.” Eds. Liz Herbert McAvoy and Diane Watt. The History of British Women’s Writing 1350-1500. Volume INew York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 198-206.

“Gender, Confession, and Authority: MS Douce 114 in the Fifteenth Century.” Eds. Vincent Gillespie and Kantik Ghosh. After Arundel: Religious Writing in 15th Century England Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2011. 415-428.

“Subject, Object, and Mantra in the Wohunge of Ure Lauerd” Ed., Susannah Chewning. The Milieu and Context of the Wohunge Group Cardiff: University of Wales Press, 2010.  66-83.

“The Chaste Erotics of Marie d’Oignes and Jacques de Vitry” Journal of the History of Sexuality (19) 1 2010. 74-93.  *Recipient of the 2011 “Best Article Prize” by the Society for Feminist Medieval Scholarship*

“‘Cut From Its Stump:’ Translating Edward the Confessor and the Dream of the Green Tree” Eds. Denis Renevey and Christiania Whitehead.  The Medieval Translator Volume XII Turnhout: Brepols Publishers, 2009. 57-70.

“The Vitae of Edward the Confessor and the Bayeux Tapestry.” Peregrinations: The Journal of the International Society for the Study of Pilgrimage Art (II.4) 2009. 166-82.

“Translating Edward the Confessor: Feminism, Time and Hagiography.”  Medieval Feminist Forum (43) 2007.  46-57.

“Elizabeth of Spalbeek’s Body: Performatio Christi.”  Magistra.  (11) 2005.  70-88.

“Julian of Norwich: The Rule of St. Benedict and Envisioning Jesus.” Magistra: A Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History (8) 2002. 62-76.

BIBLIOGRAPHICAL WORKS

“Medieval Women’s Writing” and “Middle Scots Poetry” Year’s Work in English Studies (Volume 91) 2010. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2012. 228-34; 269-72.

“Medieval Women’s Writing” and “Middle Scots Poetry” Year’s Work in English Studies (Volume 90) 2009. Oxford: Oxford University Press 2011. 212-23; 254-25.

“Medieval Women’s Writing” and “Middle Scots Poetry” Year’s Work in English Studies (Volume 89) 2008.  Oxford: Oxford University Press 2010.  236-46; 273-75.

“Medieval Women’s Writing” and “Middle Scots Poetry” Year’s Work in English Studies (Volume 88) 2007.  Oxford: Oxford University Press 2009. 221-30; 261-63.

“Medieval Women’s Writing” and “Middle Scots Poetry” Year’s Work in English Studies (Volume 87) 2006.  Oxford: Oxford University Press 2008. 232-42; 263-68.

“Medieval Women’s Writing” and “Middle Scots Poetry” Year’s Work in English Studies (Volume 86) 2005.  Oxford: Oxford University Press 2007. 208-78.

 “Middle Scots Poetry” Year’s Work in English Studies (Volume 85) 2004. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2006.  61-66.

“Middle Scots Poetry” Year’s Work in English Studies (Volume 84) 2003.  Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2005.  210-12.

REFERENCE/PEDAGOGICAL WORKS

“In Defense of Disciplinarity: A Case From the Trenches.” Postmedieval Forum: Forum IV Pedagogy October 2013.

“John Barbour;” “William Dunbar;” “Robert Henryson;” “Cleanness;” “Pearl.” Facts on File Companion to Pre-1600 British Poetry, ed. Michelle Sauer. New York: Facts on File         Books, 2008. 73. 152-3. 215-6. 119-20. 312-5.

“Introduction to Medieval Literature,” “Beowulf,”, “Chretien de Troyes,” “The Thousand and One Nights,” “Cluster: Medieval Women,” The Norton Anthology of Western Literature Eighth Edition: A Guide for Instructors.  New York: W.W. Norton, 2005.  119-21. 126-9. 139-43. 184-7. 190-201.

REVIEWS AND OTHER PUBLICATIONS

Review of Clare of Assisi and the Thirteenth-Century Church: Religious Women, Rules, and Resistance by Catherine Mooney The Medieval Review 2018.

Review of Anglo-Saxon Saints’ Lives as History Writing in Late Medieval England, by Cynthia Turner Camp. Journal of Germanic and English Philology (117) 2018. 135-36.

Review of The Embodied Word: Female Spiritualities, Contested Orthodoxies, and English Religious Cultures, 1350-1700, by Nancy Bradley Warren. The Review of English Studies. (63) 2012. 668-70.

Review of Virgins and Scholars: A Fifteenth-Century Compilation of the Lives of John the Baptist, John the Evangelist, Jerome, and Katherine of Alexandria, by Claire M. Waters. Speculum (85) 2010. 479-81.

Review of Thomas of Cantimpré: The Collected Saints’ Lives, Abbot John of Cantimpré, Christina the Astonishing, Margaret of Ypres, and Lutgard of Aywières, by Barbara Newman. The Medieval Review 2009.

Review of Women Readers in the Middle Ages, by D.H. Green. Journal of British Studies (48) 2009. 182-3.

Review of The Texture of Society: Medieval Women in the Southern Low Countries, eds. Ellen E. Kitell and Mary A. Suydam. Medieval Feminist Forum (42) 2006. 156-9.

Review of Women’s Space: Patronage, Place, and Gender in the Medieval Church, eds. Virginia Chieffo Raguin and Sarah Stanbury. Mystics Quarterly (32) 2006. 54-7.

Review of Medieval Virginities, eds. Anke Bernau, Ruth Evans, and Sarah Salih. Medieval Feminist Forum (40) 2005. 143-5.

Assistant Translator (French to English), Faik-Nzuji, Clementine. Tracing Memory: A Glossary of Graphic Signs and Symbols in African Art and Culture (Quebec City: Canadian Museum of Civilization, 1996)

WORKS IN PROGRESS

Manuscript Culture and Medieval Devotional Traditions: Essays in Honor of Michael G. Sargent. Eds. Jennifer N. Brown and Nicole Rice (Under contract with University or York Medieval Press, 2019).

“Age and Sexuality in Medieval Europe” (solicited essay for a collection, Sexuality in the Medieval West, Ed. Michelle Sauer, ARC Humanities Press)

“Catherine of Siena, Bridget of Sweden and the Hundred Years War” (solicited essay for a collection,  A Companion to the Hundred Years War)

“The Vocabulary of Devotion”

Teaching

“I take my students to the Cloisters almost every semester. This unbelievable museum in upper Manhattan is the product of Rockefeller interest in things medieval. Brick by brick, two monasteries and several cloisters and chapels were taken down throughout Europe and then reconstituted in Fort Tryon Park, New York, at John D. Rockefeller’s expense. In addition, he bought the land across the river in New Jersey, so that the view from the Cloisters would be devoid of urban expansion and feel medieval too. My students can read Chaucer in the morning and be sitting in a 14th century Chapter House by the afternoon looking at the very bricks his readers might have gazed upon. There is no other opportunity to experience the medieval in such a visceral way in the rest of the U.S.”

Professional Experience

2018-present: Professor and Chair, Department of English and World Literatures, Marymount Manhattan College

2012-2018: Associate Professor, Department of English and World Literatures, Marymount Manhattan College

2009-2012: Assistant Professor, Department of English and World Literatures, Marymount Manhattan College

2008-2009: Visiting Assistant Professor, English Department, Fordham University

2003-2009: Assistant Professor, English Department, University of Hartford [promoted to Associate Professor and tenured in January 2009]

Office Hours

Spring 2018

Thursdays, 2:00-4:00pm

& by appointment

Location

The Faculty Center 300