Dr. Julie Chamberlin

I graduated with my PhD in English from Indiana University-Bloomington in June 2019 and am currently teaching at Loyola University Chicago and Elmhurst College. I specialize in the medieval period, and my research focuses on the ways in which posthumanist theory can sharpen readings of premodern texts. In my current book project, Foxes, Fables, and Felons: Animals Before the Law in the Middle Ages, I investigate the history of legal personhood refracted through the lens of the medieval beast literature tradition. 

Throughout my academic career, I have led classes ranging from Business Writing to a survey course on Medieval and Early Modern literature. My Spring 2020 courses include an Interpreting Literature course themed "Becoming (In)Human," in which students will explore concepts of Form and Transformation in literature, as well as the ways in which race, gender, animality, and disability complicate our understandings of what it means to be human. 

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