Participating Faculty & Student Advisors
The faculty listed below offer courses in the Medieval and Renaissance Studies concentration. Visiting faculty are signaled by an asterisk [*].
Medieval & Renaissance Studies
- Phone: (507) 222-4210
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Director of Medieval and Renaissance Studies
Harvard University A.B., Cambridge University M.Phil., Yale University, Ph.D.
George Shuffelton teaches courses in medieval and early modern English literature, particularly Chaucer and his contemporaries. His edition of Oxford, Bodleian Library MS Ashmole 61, a compilation of Middle English romances, courtesy manuals and other popular verse, was published by TEAMS in 2008. Other publications include articles on Langland’s Piers Plowman, John Gower’s Confessio Amantis, and representations of minstrels in late medieval literature. His current research interests focus on book ownership and social identity in fourteenth- and fifteenth-century England.
Senior Lecturer in Bassoon and Chamber Music
Jackson Bryce received his A.B. from the Catholic University of America (in Washington, D.C. and his A.M. & Ph.D. in Classics from Harvard University. He is particularly interested in Roman literature and history, especially of the Christian era. Professor Bryce's bibliography of Lactantius is available here, and he currently is preparing the Latin text and translation for the Opera Omnia of Lactantius for Harvard University Press's Loeb Classical Studies Series.
Wesleyan, B.A.; Columbia, M.F.A. (Film); Oxford, M.Phil and D.Phil.
Pierre Hecker's areas of teaching interest include Shakespeare; the drama, poetry, and prose of the English Renaissance; drama in performance; visual culture; the history, theory, and criticism of drama and film; screenwriting; and genre fiction.
Oberlin College, B.A.; University of California, Berkeley M.A., Ph.D.
Professor Kettering specializes in the early modern period, with a special interest in seventeenth-century Dutch art. She has taught a wide range of courses on art throughout western Europe, focusing on gender issues in western art, Renaissance and Baroque art north and south of the Alps, and the art of the print.
Her books and articles have concentrated on 17th-century Dutch pastoral images, the art of Gerard ter Borch and his family, and Rembrandt's portraiture and renderings of the male nude. Her books include: The Dutch Arcadia: Pastoral Art and Its Audience in the Golden Age and Drawings from the Ter Borch Studio Estate in the Rijksmuseum. In 2004, she produced an essay and entries for the catalogue of an exhibition of Gerard ter Borch's paintings which opened at the National Gallery in Washington. Since then she has published and lectured on a variety of subjects, including depictions of the occupations, the windmill, and country life. She is Editor-in-Chief of the peer reviewed, open access e-journal, Journal of Historians of Netherlandish Art, www.jhna.org.
Chair of History
David and Marian Adams Bryn-Jones Distinguished Teaching Professor of the Humanities
Director of Political Economy
Hamilton College, B.A.; Bryn Mawr College, Ph.D.
Professor Paas is interested generally in the history of book and print production from the fifteenth century to the present. His research projects, however, focus on Germany in the seventeenth century, with emphasis on German political graphics and on the production of literature in cities such as Nuremberg and Strasbourg. Within the context of MARS, he teaches courses on medieval German literature in translation and on the history of printing.
University of New Mexico, B.A.; University of California, Berkeley, M.A., Ph.D.
In a nutshell, Cathy Yandell loves all things Renaissance (literature, history, music, and dance). Author of Carpe Corpus: Time and Gender in Early Modern France, she has also edited Pontus de Tyard’s Solitaire second, ou prose de la musique and most recently co-edited the collection Vieillir à la Renaissance. In 2011, she will become President of the Sixteenth Century Society, an interdisciplinary and international scholarly organization. She currently serves on the Editorial Board of three journals, French Review, Women in French Studies, and French Forum. In addition to over twenty-five articles published in journals and collections, Professor Yandell has articles forthcoming on Ronsard’s bawdy adaptations of Catullus as well as the poetry of the French Wars of Religion. Her current research focuses on the relationship between the body and knowledge (including pedagogical discourse and ways of knowing) in early modern France.