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Ohio Wesleyan University
61 S. Sandusky St.
Delaware, OH 43015

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Dr. Patricia DeMarco

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Office: Sturges 315
Phone: 740-368-3582
E-mail: pademarc@owu.edu


Middle English Literature, Medieval Law & the Regulation of Violence


Ph.D., Duke University
M.A., State University of New York, Binghamton
B.A., LeMoyne College


Professor DeMarco joined the English department in 2000. A specialist in late medieval literature in England and France, with particular interests in the romance tradition and the poetry of the Ricardian court, including that of Chaucer and Gower. Her current-book in progress is a comprehensive study of literary depictions of war (private, public, holy) and the changing place of vengeance in the identity of the ‘chivalric classes.’ Dr. DeMarco’s research has been published in peer-reviewed publications such as Speculum and Studies in the Age of Chaucer. In 2004, she was awarded Ohio Wesleyan’s Sherwin Dodge Shankland Award for outstanding teaching, and in 2005 she was the recipient of Teagle Foundation funds for the advancement and assessment of student learning.

Courses Taught

ENG 105, Freshman Writing Seminar
ENG 176, Alternative Worlds in British and American Literature: Legends of King Arthur
ENG 176, Alternative Worlds in British and American Literature: Romance Tales
ENG 266, Women’s Literature in English: Early Women Writers: 1100-1700
ENG 330, Medieval Literature
ENG 334, Chaucer and His Contemporaries
ENG 391, Issues in English Linguistics
ENG 395, History of the English Language

Major Publications

“Inscribing the Body with Meaning Chivalric Culture and the Norms of Violence in The Vows of the Heron.” In Inscribing the Hundred Years War, ed. Denise Baker. SUNY Series in Medieval Cultures. Albany, New York: State University of New York Press, 2000): 27-53.

“An Arthur for the Ricardian Age: Crown, Nobility and the Alliterative Morte Arthure.” 80.2 Speculum: A Journal of Medieval Studies (2005): 464-93.

“Violence, Law and Ciceronian Ethics in Chaucer’s Tale of Melibee.” 30 Studies in the Age of Chaucer (2008): forthcoming.

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