BA, University of Notre Dame, 1979
MA, PhD, Indiana University, 1980, 1985
Professor Despres has recently published essays in the Oxford Chaucer Handbook and Blackwell Companion to British Literature. Currently, she is rereading medieval mystical literature, dream visions, and romances in the context of material culture. She focuses on this interdisciplinary experience of medieval culture in all of her courses, but especially in Humanities 367 (Word and Image), where students use digital manuscripts, work with medieval folio pages in the archives, and explore the potential of creating "manuscripts" for contemporary book art audiences. She is presenting research in October at the Conference on Medieval Materiality in Boulder, Colorado, and is working on three projects for publication: “Portals to Intimacy,” for English Language Notes, Volume on Medieval Materiality, ed. Anne E. Lester and Katherine C. Little; “Margery Kempe, Merchant Adventurer,” for Labor, Lingua, et Ludi: Essays in Memory of Larry Clopper, ed. Gina Brandolino et al; “The Borderlines of Embodiment,” for Essays in Honor of Dolores Warwick Frese, ed. Ann Astell.