Mary Beth Long

Mary Beth Long

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-4801

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late-medieval and early-modern literature, hagiography and religious culture, manuscript and early print history, gender studies

Medieval Sexualities

Marian Devotion and Desire

Medieval and Early Modern Women’s Literacies

Saints and Sinners in Medieval Literature

The Pre-Modern Woman’s Body

Medieval Romance

Medieval and Renaissance Literature Survey

Honors Humanities Project:  The Equilibrium of Cultures, 300-1500 C.E.

Ph. D University of Massachusetts, Amherst

Book in progress:

Marian Maternity in Late-Medieval and Early Modern Legendaries of Women  

“Saintly Protection: The Post-Mortem ‘Mothers’ of Medieval Hagiography.”  Missing, Presumed Dead:  the Absent Mother in the Cultural Imagination.  Ed. by Berit Åström.  Palgrave, forthcoming March 2017.

“Toward a Theology of Maternity: Margery Kempe’s Built Environment.”  Sacred Space and Holy Place: Religion and the Spatial Turn.  Ed. by Edward Simon, forthcoming.

“‘Agaynes alle righte of kynde and nature’:  Beguine Bodies as Community Scapegoats in Bodleian MS Douce 114.”  Coexistence and cooperation in the middle ages. IV European Congress of Medieval Studies F.I.D.E.M. (Federation Internationale des Instituts d’Études Medievales), a cura di A. Musco e G. Musotto, Officina di Studi Medievali, Palermo, 2014.  825-838.      

“A Medieval French Book in an Early Modern English World:  Christine de Pisan’s Livre de la Cité des Dames and Women Readers in the Age of Print.”  Blackwell Literature Compass 9.8 (2012):  521-37.  

“Gum-poppers deserve their own level of Hell:  Teaching the Inferno to Baptists.”  Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching 18.2 (Fall 2011):  9-22.  

“The Life as Vita:  Reading The Lady Falkland Her Life as Hagiography.”  English Literary Renaissance 38.2 (Spring 2008):  304-30.

“Corpora and Manuscripts, Authors and Audiences.”  Companion to Middle English Hagiography.  Ed. Sarah Salih.  Cambridge, UK:  Boydell and Brewer, 2006.  47-69.

“Contextualizing Eve’s and Milton’s Solitudes in Book 9 of Paradise Lost.” Milton Quarterly 7.2 (2003):  100-115.