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Mary J Carruthers

Professor Emeritus of English

Yale University, PhD (English), 1965. Wellesley College, BA (English), 1961; Phi Beta Kappa, Durant Scholar.

Areas of Research/Interest: 

Medieval literature and rhetoric; memory and mnemonic technique; the history of spirituality

Curriculum Vitae

External Affiliations:

Corresponding Fellow of The British Academy, Quondam Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford 2009-present; President, The Medieval Academy of America, 2005; Elected Fellow, The Medieval Academy of America, 1996; President, The New Chaucer Society, 1996-1998; The International Society for the History of Rhetoric; Modem Language Association.


University of Oxford: Research Fellow (Two-Year) of All Souls College, 2007—09. George Eastman Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, and Fellow of Balliol College, 2005-06; currently senior research affliate. New York University: Professor Emeritus, 2011--. Dean for Humanities, Faculty of Arts and Science, Jan. 2001– Jan. 2005. Erich Maria Remarque Professor of Literature, 2001 -- 2011. Affiliated Professorships in History and Religious Studies. Professor of English, 1991-- 2001. University of Illinois at Chicago: Associate Professor and Professor (1983), 1975 --1991. Case Western Reserve University: Assistant Professor and Associate Professor (1975), 1973-75. Smith College: Instructor and Assistant Professor (1965), l964-73. The Ohio State University: Visiting Professor, 1991. University of California at Santa Barbara: Visiting Associate Professor, 1979.


Fellow (Straniera) of the Accademia Nazionale dei Lincei, Rome (elected 2015). Corresponding Fellow of The British Academy (elected 2012). Fellow of the Medieval Academy of America (elected 1996). Festschrift, Inventing a Path: Studies in medieval rhetoric in honour of Mary Carruthers, ed. Laura Iseppi De Fillipis. Nottingham Medieval Studies 56 (Brepols, 2013). Gesta Special Issue in Honor of Mary Carruthers, ed. Anne D. Hedeman (48.2, 2009). The Haskins Medal for 2003, awarded by the Medieval Academy of America for “the best book in the broad field of medieval studies during the past five years” to The Craft of Thought. Fellow of All Souls College, Oxford, 2007—2009; continuing status as Quondam Fellow. George Eastman Visiting Professor, University of Oxford, 2005-06, and Fellow of Balliol College. MA (hon.) University of Oxford, October, 2005. Senior Research Affiliate of Holywell Manor, Balliol College, 2006--. President of the Fellows of the Medieval Academy of America, 2014-17. President of the Medieval Academy of America, 2005-06; First Vice-President, 2004-05; Second Vice-President, 2003-04. President of The New Chaucer Society, 1996-98. John Simon Guggenheim Memorial Foundation Fellowship, 2004-05. 1994-5, Scholar in Residence at the J. Paul Getty Research Institute for the History of Art and the Humanities. Visiting Specialist Scholar, Workshop on ‘Envisioning Knowledge’, Israel Institute for Advanced Study, Hebrew University, Jerusalem, Nov-Dec, 2014. Distinguished Visiting Scholar, UCLA Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, Nov. 2013. Senior Visiting Fellow, Dumbarton Oaks, Oct. 2011. Professorial Fellow, Institute for Advanced Study, Durham University, Oct-Dec, 2010. Mellon Foundation Visiting Scholar, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, April 2005. “Mellon State-of-the-Art Conference in Medieval Studies in Honor of 2/12/2017 10 Mary Carruthers”, Program in Medieval Studies at University of Illinois at UrbanaChampaign, Sept. 2005. J. Whitney Oates Visiting Fellow, Princeton University, February 2005. Visiting Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford, 2002. Additional research fellowships from NEH, The American Council of Learned Societies, The British Academy, The Newberry Library, and The Henry E. Huntington Library.

The Experience of Beauty in the Middle Ages. Oxford University Press, 2013.

"Virtue, intention and the mind’s eye in Chaucer’s Troilus and Criseyde." In C. Brewer and B. Windeatt, eds. Traditions and Innovations in the Study of Middle English Literature, pp. 73- 87. Woodbridge: Boydell and Brewer, 2013.

"The ‘Pictures’ of Jerusalem in Oxford, Bodleian Library MS. Laud Misc. 156." In Imagining Jerusalem in the Medieval West, ed. Lucy Donkin and Hanna Vorholt, pp. 97- 121. Proceedings of the British Academy 175. Oxford University Press, 2012.

"The concept of ductus, or, journeying through a work of art." In M. Carruthers, ed. Rhetoric Beyond Words, pp. 190- 213. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Rhetoric Beyond Words: Delight and Persuasion in the Arts of the Middle Ages. ed. Cambridge University Press, 2010.

Ars oblivionalis, ars inveniendi: "The Cherub Figure and the Arts of Memory". Gesta 48 (2009): 1-19.

The Book of Memory: Second Edition. Cambridge University Press, 2008.

"Mechanisms for the transmission of culture: the role of 'place' in the arts of memory." In Translatio, the Transmission of Culture in the Middle Ages. ed Laura Hollengreen. Arizona Studies in the Middle Ages and Renaissance (Turnhout: Brepols), 2008: 1-26.

"On affliction and reading, weeping and argument: Chaucer's lachrymose Troilus in context." Representations 93 (2006): 1-21.

The Medieval Craft of Memory: An Anthology of Texts and Pictures. ed. with J. M. Ziolkowski. University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002.

The Craft of Thought: Meditation, Rhetoric. and the Making of Images. 400-1200. Cambridge University Press, 1998.

Updated on 02/13/2017