Kelley Marie Wickham-Crowley


Associate Professor


Department of English
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Office hours

Spring 2017: M 2:30-4:30pm & by appointment


Education: PhD and MA (Medieval Studies), Cornell University; MA (Anglo-Saxon and Viking archaeology), University of Durham, England; BA, Georgetown University

Teaching and Research Interests: Old English and Early Middle English literature, especially the literatures of medieval women and La3amon's Brut (12th century verse history of Britain and Arthur); intersections of physical and intellectual culture; archaeology of the British Isles; feminist and gender theory; Anglo-Saxon architecture; J.R.R. Tolkien's writings; fantasy and science fiction. "La3amon's Narrative Innovations and Bakhtin's Theories" (1994); annual review article on archaeology for Year's Work in Old English; Spaces of the Living and the Dead: An Archaeological dialogue (1999)

2002: Writing the Future: La3amon’s Prophetic History. Cardiff: University of Wales Press.

1999: Spaces of the Living and the Dead: An Archaeological Dialogue. 165 pp. Co-editor with Catherine Karkov and Bailey K. Young. Oxford: Oxbow Books; in U.S., David Brown Books. A collection featuring British, Scandinavian, French, Irish and American archaeologists.

Selected Articles (for more recent articles see publications tab):

2008: “Buried Truths: Shrouds, Cults and Female Production in Anglo-Saxon England.” In Aedificia Nova: Studies in Honor of Rosemary Cramp. Publications of the Richard Rawlinson Center. Kalamazoo:Medieval Institute Publications, Western Michigan University. Ed. Catherine E. Karkov and Helen Damico. 300-324

2006: “Living on the Ecg: The Mutable Boundaries of Land and Water in Anglo-Saxon Contexts.” In A Place to Believe In: Medieval Monasticism in the Landscape. Ed. Clare A. Lees and Gillian R. Overing. University Park: The Pennsylvania State University Press, 2006. 85-110

2002: “Cannibal Cultures and the Body of Text in La3amon’s Brut.” In La3amon: Contexts, Language and Interpretation. Ed. Rosamund Allen, Lucy Perry, and Jane Roberts. London: King’s College London Centre for Late Antique and Medieval Studies. 351-69.

2000: “‘Going Native’: Anthropological Lawman.” Arthuriana 10.2 (Spring 2000): 5-26.

Recent Reviews (for the most recent reviews see the publications tab):

2008: Review article (11pp.) for Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review vol. 5: 233-44, of Tom Shippey, Roots and Branches: Selected Papers on Tolkien. Zollikofen, Switzerland: Walking Tree Publishers, 2007. 417 pp.

2008: Review for Speculum (Medieval Academy of America) of Sam Turner, Making a Christian Landscape: The countryside in early medieval Cornwall, Devon and Wessex. Exeter: University of Exeter Press, 2006. 218 pp.

2007: Review for Journal of British Studies 46.2: 434-5, of Stacy S. Klein’s Ruling Women: Queenship and Gender in Anglo-Saxon Literature. Notre Dame: U of Notre Dame P, 2006. 296 pp.

2007: Review article (12 pp.) for Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review vol. 4: 266-78, of J.R.R.Tolkien Encyclopedia: Scholarship and Critical Assessment. Ed. Michael D.C. Drout. New York: Routledge, 2007. 808 pp.


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  • Ph.D. (1992) Cornell University, Medieval Studies
  • M.A. (1992) University of Durham, UK, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Archaeology
  • M.A. (1982) Cornell University, Medieval Studies
  • B.A. (1979) Georgetown University,