Denise Despres

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Professor, Humanities, Honors, and English

Denise Despres is an interdisciplinary scholar of medieval literature and devotional culture. She has explored medieval literary and visual hermeneutics in a manuscript culture, medieval women writers and subjectivity, and anti-Judaism in 12th- through 14th-century England. Her essays have been published in Oxford Chaucer Handbook, Blackwell Companion to British Literature, Speculum, Modern Philology, The Journal of Religion, and English Language Notes, among other publications. She takes a special interest in medieval mystical and religious literature, dream visions, and chivalric romances. Her interest in visual heuristics led to the coauthoring of the book Iconography and the Professional Reader: The Politics of Book Production in the Douce Piers Plowman—a reception study of the single illustrated manuscript of Piers Plowman. She holds a Ph.D. in British literature and teaches English, and in the honors and humanities programs.

Education
MA Indiana University 1977
BA University of Notre Dame 1979
Ph.D Indiana University 1985
Class
The Craft of Literature ENGL 212-A 2218
Medieval and Renaissance Lit ENGL 231-A 2218
Architectures of Power SSI1 141-B 2218
World Literatures ENGL 241-A 2224
Sen Exp Sem: British Lit ENGL 432-A 2224
Metamorphosis and Identity HON 211-A 2224

Contact Information

Wyatt 349
email ddespres@pugetsound.edu