Karolyn Kinane

Karolyn Kinane

Professor of Medieval and Early Modern Literature

BA, SUNY-New Paltz; PhD, University of Minnesota
Email: kkinane@plymouth.edu

Dr. Karolyn Kinane writes, “An undergraduate professor named Carole Levin simultaneously sparked my interest in Women’s Studies and Medieval Studies with her interdisciplinary course ‘Saints, Witches, and Madwomen,’ which I was fortunate to have taken as a junior at SUNY New Paltz. As a graduate student at the University of Minnesota, I studied medieval women’s religious practices and volunteered with the Oral History Project at the St Paul Women’s News. After two years as a Visiting Professor at Wabash College, an all-male college in central Indiana, I became interested in Gender Studies more broadly. There I taught a course entitled ‘Sword and Song: Masculinities from Beowulf to Middle Earth’ and worked with the student organizations sh’OUT, (for gay, bi-sexual, questioning and supportive students) and the Green Corps. I look forward to learning more about PSU this year and hope to develop an interdisciplinary course linked to the Forum that focuses on women’s lives in Medieval and Renaissance Europe.”

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