Mary Kemp Thornberry


I study medieval literature, with a focus on writing in Middle English, Latin, and Anglo-Norman.  My research interests include textual enactments of embodiment and voice, the reception of antiquity in the medieval period, and methodological questions raised by the study of premodern texts.  In my teaching and research, I’m motivated by the idea that exploring historically distant archives is one way—among others—to grapple with the contingencies and possibilities of the present.  I received my BA in English from Davidson College. 

I’m currently the graduate student coordinator of the Lexicon Project, an interdisciplinary reading group (sponsored by the Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality) that situates premodern archives—especially, but not exclusively, from the Middle Ages—in dialogue with contemporary theoretical frameworks.