University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

New CAS Faculty

Professor Jennifer Sisk

Jennifer Sisk

Assistant Professor of English

Jennifer Lynn Sisk, Assistant Professor of English, holds degrees from the University of California, Berkeley (B.A. in English, 2000) and Yale University (M.Phil. in Medieval Studies, 2004; Ph.D. in English, 2008).

Jenny's research focuses on Middle English literature and religious culture. She uses both formalist and historicist methodologies to consider the ways in which religious poems offer sites of speculation about contested religious issues. Her current project shows how certain self-consciously literary texts by Langland, Chaucer, the Erkenwald poet, and Lydgate functioned in late medieval England as an important alternative discourse to contemporary polemics. Jenny has a long-standing interest in hagiography and has more recently turned her attention to the intersections of religion, politics, and language in Lancastrian England. She looks forward to teaching a range of courses at UVM on medieval English literature and on other topics.

When she isn't reading, writing, or teaching, Jenny likes to cook, watch sketch comedy with her husband, and take long walks. Lately she has become interested in cheese production (and she never says no to cheese tasting), which is one of the many reasons she is happy to call Vermont her new home.

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