University of Mississippi

Caroline Wigginton

Caroline Wigginton specializes in race, gender, and sexuality in the early Americas. Currently, she is at work on a second monograph, Indigenuity: Native Craftwork and the Material of Early American Books, which examines the aesthetic, material, and imaginative influence of Native craftwork on American book history and decorative arts manuals. With Alyssa Mt. Pleasant and Kelly Wisecup, she is also co-editing a joint forum for Early American Literature and William and Mary Quarterly on Materials and Methods in Native and Indigenous Studies, forthcoming in 2018. During the 2017-2018 academic year, she will be an American Council of Learned Societies’s Carl and Betty Pforzheimer Fellow.


  • Ph. D., English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2010
  • M.A., English, The University of Texas at Austin, 2005
  • B.A., English, The Ohio State University, 1998
  • B.S., Biochemistry, The Ohio State University, 1998

 Teaching and Research Interests:

  • American Literature to 1865
  • Native American Literatures
  • Gender and Sexuality Studies
  • Transatlantic Eighteenth Century
  • Religion, Race, and Culture
  • Material Culture Studies


  • In the Neighborhood: Women’s Publication in Early America (University of Massachusetts Press, 2016)
  • Transatlantic Feminisms in the Age of Revolutions, co-edited with Joanna M. Brooks and Lisa L. Moore (Oxford University Press, 2012)

Recent Essay Publications:

  • “Transatlantic,” Gender: Sources, Perspectives, and Methodologies, by renée c. hoogland and Nicole Fleetwood. Macmillan Interdisciplinary Handbooks: Gender (Macmillan, 2016: 393-404)
  • “Letters from a Woman in Pennsylvania, or, Elizabeth Graeme Fergusson Dreams of John Dickinson,” Community without Consent: New Perspectives on the Stamp Act, ed. by Zachary McLeod Hutchins (Dartmouth College Press, 2016: 89-112)
  • “A Chain of Misattribution: Phillis Wheatley, Mary Whateley, and ‘An Elegy on Leaving’,” Early American Literature3 (2012), 679-84
  • “Vexing Motherhood and Interracial Intimacy in Sarah Osborn’s Spiritual Diary,” Early American Literature1 (2012), 115-42

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Joshua Kryah Selected as 2013 Summer Poet in Residence

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2013 Creative Writing Award Recipients Announced

Rachel Banka’s “The Dead-End” for the Evans Harrington Creative Writing Scholarship (Judge Melissa Ginsburg)

Jacob Donaldson’s “Father, Son, and Holy Ghost” for the Ella Somerville Award in Poetry (Judge Ann Fisher-Wirth)

Vivian Lang’s “You and Henry, That One Time” for the Ella Somerville Award in Fiction (Judge Jack Pendarvis)

Kieran Lyons’s “Banyon” for the Bondurant Prize in Fiction (Judge Nic Brown)

Jessica Comola’s “Valentine” for the Bondurant Prize in Poetry (Judge Beth Spencer)

Congratulations to this year’s winners!

Melissa Ginsburg signs Dear Weather Ghost at Off Square Books on April 24 at 5p.m.

safe_imageMelissa Ginsburg will sign her book of poems, Dear Weather Ghost, at Off Square Books on April 24 at 5:00p.m. and read at 5:30p.m.  See more here.

Authors Hannah and Ford Honored with Room in UM English Department

Second-floor Bondurant Hall lounge to be used for creative writing workshops, receptions and more.  See the full story here.RKJ_1939-G-300x168


Lindy Brady

Lindy Brady specializes in Old English, medieval Irish and Welsh, Old Norse, and Anglo-Latin languages and literatures. Her research interests include multilingual and transcultural approaches to the Middle Ages, the role of the landscape in literature, and representations of identity in medieval texts. Her first book, Writing the Welsh borderlands in Anglo-Saxon England, was published by Manchester University Press (2017), and her current book project is entitled Framing History in the British Isles: The Origin Legends of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Other ongoing projects include a collection, Origin Legends in Medieval Europe, co-edited with Patrick Wadden for Brill’s Reading Medieval Sources series, and a series of editions and translations of late-medieval alchemical texts co-edited with Andrew Rabin. Lindy has been a Text Technologies Fellow at Stanford University in June 2015, the A. W. Mellon Postdoctoral Fellow in Medieval Studies in the Medieval Institute at the University of Notre Dame for the 2015-2016 academic year, and a British Academy Visiting Fellow at the University of Birmingham during the summer of 2018. She also reviews scholarship for the “Poetry” section of the “Year’s Work in Old English Studies” for the Old English Newsletter with Jordan Zweck, serves on the executive committee and as a delegate assembly representative for Celtic Studies at MLA, is the Celtic Studies book review editor for Speculum, and is a member of the International Advisory Board for the Richard Rawlinson Center for Anglo-Saxon Studies and Manuscript Research at Western Michigan University’s Medieval Institute.



PhD, University of Connecticut (2012)
MA, Brown University (2008)
BA, Brown University (2008)

Selected Publications:


Journal Articles

  • “Crowland Abbey as Anglo-Saxon Sanctuary in the Pseudo-Ingulf Chronicle,” forthcoming in Traditio.
  • “Late Medieval Irish Kingship and the Irish Arthurian Romance Eachtra an Mhadra Mhaoil (‘The Story of the Crop-Eared Dog’),” forthcoming in Arthurian Literature.
  • “An Analogue to Wulf and Eadwacer in the Life of St. Bertellin of Stafford,” The Review of English Studies 67 (2016): 1-20.
  • “Colonial Desire or Political Disengagement?: The Contested Landscape of Guthlac A,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology 115 (2016): 61-78.
  • “An Irish Sovereignty Motif in Laxdæla saga,” Scandinavian Studies 88 (2016): 60-76.
  • “The ‘Dark Welsh’ as Slaves and Slave Traders in Exeter Book Riddles 52 and 72,” English Studies 95 (2014): 235-55.
  • “Death and the Landscape of The Fortunes of Men,” Neophilologus 98 (2014): 325-36.
  • “Feminine Desire and Conditional Misogyny in Arthur and Gorlagon,” Arthuriana 24.3 (2014): 23-44.
  • “Apples on Willow Trees: a Metaphor for Grafting and Spiritual Succession in the Early Irish Saints’ Lives of Berach and Coemgen,” Proceedings of the Harvard Celtic Colloquium 31 (2012): 56-73.
  • “Booklet Ten of Peniarth 359: An Early Modern English Astrological Manual Encoded through Welsh Phonology,” Studia Celtica 45 (2011): 159-83.
  • “Echoes of Britons on a Fenland Frontier in the Old English Andreas,” The Review of English Studies 61 (2010): 669-89.

Book Chapters

  • “Three Swords of Doomed Inheritance in Beowulf,” forthcoming in Old English Tradition: Essays in Honor of J. R. Hall, ed. Lindy Brady, Medieval and Renaissance Texts and Studies Series (Tempe, AZ: ACMRS, the Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 2018).
  • “Boars and the Geats in Beowulf,” in Early English Poetic Culture and Meter: The Influence of G. R. Russom, ed. M. J. Toswell and Lindy Brady (Kalamazoo, MI: Medieval Institute Publications, 2016): 61-72. 


  • “‘Arnold of the Newe Toun’ Revisited: A Note on the Sources of the Canon’s Yeoman’s Tale,” with Andrew Rabin, forthcoming in Notes & Queries.
  • “St. Bertelme of Fécamp: St. Bertellin of Stafford by Another Name,” Notes & Queries 63 (2016): 194-96.
  • “Antifeminist Tradition in Arthur and Gorlagon and the Quest to Understand Women,” Notes and Queries 59 (2012): 163-66.

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Steven Justice

imageSteven Justice moved to Ole Miss in 2013, after teaching for twenty-five years at the University of California, Berkeley. He is a medievalist, but writes and teaches about a long stretch of literary and intellectual history from late antiquity through early modernity; he is especially interested in the forms of thought that shape and differentiate cultural enterprises like literature and religious practice, and in the forms of self-reflection built into each of these. He has held major fellowships from the NEH, the University of California, the Princeton University Council of the Humanities, and the Stanford Humanities Center. His first book, Writing and Rebellion: England in 1381, won the Modern Language Association Prize for Best First Book in 1995.


  • 1985 Ph.D., Princeton University, English
  • 1980 B.A., Yale University, English

Teaching and Research Interests

  • Medieval European literary and intellectual history
  • criticism and theory

Recent publications

“Piers Plowman and Literary History.” In Cambridge Companion to Piers Plowman. Andrew Cole and Andrew Galloway, eds. Cambridge Uuniversity Press, forthcoming.

“Chaucer’s History-Effect.” In Answerable Style: Form, History, the Idea of the Literary in Late-Medieval England. Frank Grady and Andrew Galloway, eds. Ohio State University Press, 2013, 169-194.

“Eucharistic Miracle and Eucharistic Doubt.” Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies 42 (2012), 307-332.

“Preface to Fleming.” In Sacred and Profane in Chaucer and Medieval English Literature: Essays in Honour of John V. Fleming. Will Robbins and Robert Epstein, eds. University of Toronto Press, 2009, 205-20.

“Who Stole Robertson?” PMLA 124 (2009), 609-15.

“Literary History.” In Chaucer: Contemporary Appraoches. Susanna Fein and David Raybin, eds. Penn State University Press, 2009, 195-210

“Did the Middle Ages Believe in their Miracles?” Representations 103 (2008):1-29.

“Religious Dissent, Social Revolt, and ‘Ideology.’” In Christopher Dyer and Chris Wickham, eds. Rodney Hilton’s Middle Ages: Essays on his Historical Themes. Past and Present Supplement 1. Oxford University Press, 2007, 205-16.

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The Ecopoetry Anthology

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As the critic R. P. Blackmur said, poetry “adds to the stock of available reality.” In The Ecopoetry Anthology, editors Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street present hundreds of poems that add to our reality about the natural world, its beauties and its degradations. This groundbreaking collection has the capacity to transform people’s lives aesthetically and politically. Poetry’s eloquent and ineffable power can work to enhance our understanding of the world beyond the human and lead us to act with more respect, humility, and stewardship toward the environment.

The poets collected here, of wide-ranging talents, backgrounds, and beliefs, speak in many voices to reinforce the most critical story of our time: that we must love and care for the planet and appreciate the integrated biological beauty that sustains us, or lose the only world we’ve got.


Shelf Awareness, Feb 11, 2013

Review: The Ecopoetry Anthology
The Ecopoetry Anthology by Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street, editors (Trinity University Press, $24.95 paperback, 9781595341464, February 12, 2013)

What drew us to the magnet of your dying?…
Voyager, chief of the pelagic world,…
Master of the whale-roads,
let the white wings of the gulls
spread out their cover.|
You have become like us,
disgraced and mortal.
These powerful lines are from Stanley Kunitz’s “The Wellfleet Whale,” one of the many poems in Ann Fisher-Wirth and Laura-Gray Street’s rich and generous The Ecopoetry Anthology. Nature poetry has been around as long as poetry, Fisher-Wirth and Gray tell us, but, sometime around 1960, more people began to pay attention to an environment and nature in crisis–and poetry began to reflect this renewed attention.
“Poetry does not tamper with the world,” as William Carlos Williams wrote, “but moves it.” So here is an abundance of poems–praising songs, incantations, lists, elegies, rhapsodies, jeremiads–each in their very different ways bearing the power “to break through our dulled disregard, our carelessness, our despair, reawakening our sense of the vitality and beauty of nature.” All told, 320 poems by 208 poets–abundance indeed.
Part one presents poets, from Walt Whitman to Denise Levertov, who predate the environmental revolution. Next come 176 contemporaries, from A.R. Ammons to Robert Wrigley. It’s apropos that the first poem in this middle section is Ammons’s seminal piece, “Corson’s Inlet,” where he observes nature as he walks along his Jersey Shore dunes: “in nature there are few sharp lines: there are areas of/ primrose/ more or less dispersed.”
Fisher-Wirth and Gray have done a superb job of providing works by both well-known and lesser known poets. Alongside such luminaries as W.S. Merwin, Gary Snyder and Mary Oliver, one can discover beautiful and moving pieces by Patrick Lawler, Davis McCombs or Annie Boutelle. Some readers may be disappointed at the absence of a favorite poem, but most of the “great” nature pieces of the modern era are here, including Galway Kinnell’s overwhelming “The Bear,” Robert Bly’s moving prose poem “The Dead Seal” and Robert Hass’s mini-epic, “State of the Planet.” Hass also provides a wise introduction, noting that The Ecopoetry Anthology reveals the ways our “nature poetry developed toward an ecopoetics, toward the necessity of imagining a livable earth.” –Tom Lavoie
Shelf Talker: Here is bounty indeed–an innovative anthology drawing upon 150 years of American poetry about nature, animals and our precious environment.

2013 M.A. and Ph.D. Brochure

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