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Mary J Carruthers

Professor Emeritus of English

Ph.D. 1965 (English), Yale; B.A. 1961 (English), Wellesley College.

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.


Festschrift: Inventing a Path: Studies in medieval rhetoric in honour of Mary Carruthers, ed. Laura Iseppi De Fillipis. Nottingham Medieval Studies 56 (Brepols, 2013).; Research Fellow, All Souls College, Oxford; George Eastman Visiting Professor, The University of Oxford; John S. Guggenheim Memorial Fellowship; The Haskins Medal of the Medieval Academy of America for The Craft of Thought; National Endowment for the Humanities Senior Research Fellowship; Scholar-in-Residence, J. Paul Getty Center for the History of Art and the Humanities.

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 05/20/2015