Faculty - Anne Clark, Department Chair
Professor Clark works on the Christian tradition in the Middle Ages. Her Ph.D. is from Columbia University and she has been teaching at the University of Vermont since 1988. Her research focuses on styles of piety, questions of gender, the role of the body, and women's religious life. She has published two books on Elisabeth of Schönau, a twelfth-century visionary nun, and has also published articles on Hildegard of Bingen, Gertrude of Helfta, women's monastic communities, the cult of the Virgin Mary, and cognitive theory in the study of religion. Her current research is on relating Dante to the traditions of women’s visionary and mystical literature. Her teaching at UVM includes participation in the Women's Studies Program, TAP, John Dewey Honors Program, European Studies, and the Graduate College.
"My teaching and research reflect a feminist perspective that pushes me to take very seriously questions about gender, authority, and women's experience. My study of religion also hinges on questions about identity: what kind of identities do particular religious practices and beliefs enable for a community or an individual? I then use an historical approach to get at these issues. In my teaching, I challenge students to take up these tasks through a process of critical reading and discussion of particular case studies. My courses include special topic seminars such as 'Magic, Miracle, and Ritual in the Middle Ages,' 'Religion and the Body,' 'Medieval Love: Religious and Secular,' and 'Seeing the Sacred: Vision in Early and Medieval Christianity,' as well as regular courses in the history of Christianity and an introduction to the study of religion focused on biblical materials."
Her publications include:
Elisabeth of Schönau: The Complete Works (translation and critical introduction). New York, 2000.
Elisabeth of Schönau: A Twelfth-Century Visionary. Philadelphia, 1992.
“Buddhist Hymns and Medieval Plainsong: Some Reflections on Neuroscience, Music, and Religion,” (co-written with Kevin Trainor). In Chasing Down Religion: In the Sights of History and the Cognitive Sciences: Essays in Honor of Luther H. Martin, ed. Panayotis Pachis and Donald Wiebe. Thessaloniki, 2010.
“Guardians of the Sacred: The Nuns of Soissons and the Slipper of the Virgin Mary.” Church History 76:4 (2007): 724-49.
“Venerating the Veronica: Varieties of Late Medieval Passion Piety.” Material Religion: The Journal of Objects, Art, and Belief 3,2 (2007): 165-89.
“Why All the Fuss About the Mind? A Medievalist’s Perspective on Cognitive Theory.” In History in the Comic Mode: Medieval Communities and the Matter of Person, ed. by Rachel Fulton and Bruce Holsinger. New York, 2007.