University of Mississippi

Mary Hayes

Associate Professor of English and Director of Medieval Studies minor.


  • Ph.D., University of Iowa (2005)
  • M.A., University of Chicago
  • B.A., Dartmouth College

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Old and Middle English Literature
  • History of the English Language
  • Medieval Religious Devotion
  • Medieval Drama
  • Gender Studies
  • History of the Senses/Sound Theory
  • Magic and the Occult
  • Victorian, Modern and Postmodern medievalisms

Selected Publications

  • “The Talking Dead: Resounding Voices in Old English Riddles,” Exemplaria 20 (2008).
  • “Privy Speech: Sacred Silence, Dirty Secrets in The Summoner’s Tale,” The Chaucer Review 40 (2006): 263-88.
  • “Discovering the Witch’s Teat: Magical Practices, Medical Superstitions in The Witch of Edmonton,” Journal for the Academic Study of Magic 3 (2005): 43-73.
  • Articles in Studies in Weird Fiction and Romani Studies
  • A Biography of the English Language, third edition (Cengage, 2011).
  • Divine Ventriloquism: Power, Anxiety, Subversion in Medieval English Literature (Palgrave, 2011).

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