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Laura Barefield

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Laura BarefieldAssociate Professor, Director - Medieval & Renaissance Studies Minor
  • CollegeCollege of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
  • DepartmentEnglish
  • Phone(978) 934-4188
  • EmailLaura_Barefield@uml.edu

Research Interests

Old and Middle English Literature and Languages, Classical Mythology, Early Women Writers, Shakespeare

Education

  • Ph D: Old and Middle English Literature and Language, (1998), University of Wisconsin-Madison - Madison, Wisconsin
    Supporting Area: Latin and Comparative Literature
  • MA: English Literature, (1987), State University of New York at Binghamton - Binghamton, New York
  • BA: Classical Studies, (1985), Gettysburg College - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania
    Supporting Area: English Literature

Biography

Laura D. Barefield is an Associate Professor of English. She specializes in Old and Middle English literature and languages. Her secondary interests lie in Classical Mythology, Women Writers, and Shakespeare. She has published a book, Gender and History in Medieval Romance and Chronicle. She has written several articles on Chaucer and gender in Medieval literature, as well as book reviews in a variety of scholarly journals.

Awards and Honors

  • Teacher Who Exceeds Expectations (2010), Teaching - Student Government Association
  • English Departmental Award for Teaching Excellence (2005), Teaching - UMass-Lowell

Publications

  • Barefield, L. (2006) "From Trojan to Briton: Brutus’s Masculinity and Lineage in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae," Brewer pp. 193-201
  • Barefield, L. (2006) "Women in the Middle Ages: An encyclopedia.," Arthuriana 16:2
  • Barefield, L. (2005) ""No children hadde he mo": Kinship in Livy’s Account of Virginia and Chaucer’s Physician’s Tale," Medieval Perspectives 20: pp. 1
  • Barefield, L. (2004) "Gendering the Crusades," Arthuriana 14:3 pp. 99
  • Barefield, L. (2003) "Gender and History in Medieval English Romance and Chronicle," Peter Lang pp. vii, 135 pp.
  • Barefield, L. (2002) "Gender and the Creation of Lineage in Geoffrey of Monmouth’s Historia Regum Britanniae," Publications of the Medieval Association of the Midwest 9: pp. 1-14
  • Barefield, L. (2002) "Lineage and Women’s Patronage: Mary of Woodstock and Nicholas Trevet’s Les Cronicles," Medieval Feminist Forum 33: pp. 21-30
  • Barefield, L. (2000) "Women’s Power in the "Tale of Constance"," Medieval Perspectives 15: pp. 27
  • Barefield, L. (1999) "Reproducing the Past: Gender and History in Later Middle English Romance and Popular Chronicle," Dissertation Abstracts International, Section A: The Humanities and Social Sciences 59:7 pp. 2489-2489

Presentations

  • Dorigen's Promise in Chaucer's 'Frankin Tale'. - Northeast Modern Language Association, March 2013 - Boston, MA
  • Marriage and Women in Geoffrey of Monmouthês Historia Regum Britanniae and the Middle English Prose Brut - International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 2006 - Kalamazoo, MI
  • 'No children hadde he no mor': Kinship in Livy's 'Tale of Virginia' and Chaucer's 'Physician's Tale'. - Southeastern Medieval Association, October 2004 - Charleston, SC
  • From Trojan to Briton: Brutusês Masculinity and Lineage in Geoffrey of Monmouthês Historia Regum Britanniae - Triennial Congress of the International Courtly Literature Society, July 2004 - Madison, WI
  • From Classic to Medieval: The Transformation of Brutus in Geoffrey of Monmouth's 'Historia Regum Britanniae'. - 25th Annual Plymouth (NH) State University Medieval-Renaissance Forum, April 2004 - Plymouth, NH
  • Maternal Generation in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight - Maternal Generation in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, May 2001 - Kalamazoo, MI
  • "Feminine Authority in the 'Tale of Constance'." - Southeastern Medieval Association, October 1999 - Knoxville, TN
  • Feminine Authority in the 'Tale of Constance - Southeastern Medieval Association, October 1999 - Knoxville, TN
  • Sir Gawain and the Green Knight in the Context of the Anonymous Prose Brut Chronicle - Kentucky Philological Society, March 1999 - Louisville, KY
  • 'Sir Gawain and the Green Knight' in the Context of the Anonymous Prose 'Brut Chronicle'. - Kentucky Philological Society, November 1998 - Louisville, KY
  • Lineages of Constance: Genealogy and Gender in Chaucer's Man of Law's Tale - Midwest Modern Language Association, November 1998 - St. Louis, MO
  • Lineage and Women's Patronage: The Writing of Nicholas Trevet's Les Cronicles - International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 1997 - Kalamazoo, MI
  • Maternal Intervention and Suppression: Genealogy and Patriarchal Mythos in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britanniae - Modern Language Association, December 1995 - Chicago, IL
  • Queenly Daughters and Rebellious Sons: Disruptive Genealogies in Geoffrey of Monmouth's Historia regum Britanniae - Illinois Medieval Association, February 1995 - DeKalb, IL
  • Narrative, Historical Crisis, and Women's Speech in the Old English Poems Elene and Judith - International Congress on Medieval Studies, May 1993 - Kalamazoo, MI

Contracts, Fellowships, Grants and Sponsored Research

  • Provost's Professional Development Research Grant (2004), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • Healey Grant (2002), Grant - University of Massachusetts Lowell
  • University of Wisconsin College of Letters and Science Travel Award (1996), Grant - University of Wisconsin College of Letters