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Dr. Kennedy at campus lion statue

Title: Assistant Professor of English
Office: 312 C Main Building
Phone: 610-892-1445
E-mail: kek16@psu.edu

Having collected degrees at University of Illinois, University of Minnesota, and the Ohio State University, Kathleen Kennedy is quite pleased to come home to the Big 10 at Penn State.

With degrees in History to her credit in addition to the PhD in literature, we ought not be surprised to find that Dr. Kennedy uses historicism to inflect her study of English medieval literature. However English medieval literature wasn't always in English, and Dr. Kennedy takes care to study English literature written in French and Latin as well. The law was trilingual also, and Kathleen Kennedy displays her interest in languages and the law in her book, Maintenance, Meed, and Marriage in Medieval English Literature as well as her new book concerning information technology, Medieval Hackers. Her background in codicology and Book History is showcased in Medieval Hackers and especially in her newest book, The Courtly and Commercial Art of Wycliffite Bibles; in both Dr. Kennedy uses close examination of large collections of medieval manuscripts to provide evidence about medieval English culture.

Kathleen Kennedy adores the dramatic potential of the classroom, and attempts to link familiar elements of pop culture with premodern literature, so that her students are not coming into classes where arcane information will be revealed, but where they will learn to look at what they already know in a new way, and develop and strengthen skills both old and new.

When Kathleen Kennedy is not in class or working on her own research, often she can be found lurking in coffeeshops. She can almost always be found online.

Media Consultations: medieval culture, codicology, Book History

Selected Recent Publications

(Forthcoming), The Courtly and Commercial Art of the Wycliffite Bible. Medieval Church Studies. Turnhout: Brepols, 2014.

(Forthcoming), "Reintroducing the English Books of Hours, or 'English Primers,'" Speculum 89 (2014)

(Under contract), Medieval Hackers. New York: Punctum Books.

Maintenance, Meed, and Marriage in Medieval English Literature. Palgrave: New York, 2009.

“Retaining Men (and a Retaining Woman) in Piers Plowman,” Yearbook of Langland Studies 20 (2006): 191-214.