Dr. Julie Chamberlin
I am a Lecturer in English with a specialization in medieval and early modern literature at Loyola University Chicago.
I regularly teach courses on literature and writing. Recent courses include: Renaissance Literature, Exploring Shakespeare, Interpreting Literature: Form and Transformation, Writing Responsibly, and Business Writing.
My academic research focuses on the intersection of medieval literature and concepts of legal personhood during a period of linguistic and political transition in England (twelfth through fourteenth centuries). I read animal fables that involve court scenes and arbitration alongside legal documents such as law books and coroner's rolls, arguing that medieval writers used animal tales as a space in which ideas of what it means to speak at law and to be a vulnerable body before the law could be defined, contested, and reimagined.