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Laura Barefield

Laura Barefield is an Associate Professor in the English Department and the Director - Medieval & Renaissance Studies Minor at UMass Lowell
Laura Barefield, Ph.D. Associate Professor, Director, Medieval & Renaissance Studies
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    College of Fine Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
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Old and Middle English Literature and Languages, Classical Mythology, Medieval Women Writers


  • Ph.D. English and Comparative Literature, University of Wisconsin - Madison
  • M.A. English Literature, SUNY-Binghamton
  • B.A. Classical Studies and English, Gettysburg College


Laura Barefield, Ph.D., specializes in Old and Middle English literature and languages. Her secondary interests lie in Classical Mythology, and Medieval Women Writers. 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. Recent essays include "Questioning Masculinity and Sacrifice in Iliad 22 and The Battle of Maldon" in Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching, and "Personal Narratives: A Gateway to HEL" in Teaching the History of the English Language (MLA Options for Teaching).