Karolyn Kinane

Karolyn KinaneKarlyn Kinane
Associate Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature

Phone: (603) 535-2402
E-mail: kkinane@plymouth.edu


As an interdisciplinary scholar of Medieval Studies, Dr. Kinane’s teaching and research activities revolve around early Christianity and pre-Enlightenment western spiritual practices, specifically medieval mystics and saints. Her dissertation and subsequent publications try to uncover the everyday experiences of devotion among medieval English men and women. Recently she has become interested in hermeneutics, empathy, and enchantment as well as in the connections between medieval and contemporary ways of perceiving and knowing. Her current research project explores how New Age and Neopagan spiritual movements draw upon medieval concepts of revelation, reflection, and temporality. Dr. Kinane also publishes on contemplative pedagogy and creative teaching practices.

Degrees and Education
  • PhD, University of Minnesota
  • BA, State University of New York at New Paltz

Research Interests
  • Medieval English Literature
  • Saints
  • Contemplative pedagogy
  • Medievalism
  • Hermeneutics

Recent Publications
    • “Contemplative Pedagogy, Enchantment, and the Medieval Past,” postmedieval forum IV October 2013
    • “New Age Medievalisms,” Medieval Afterlives in Contemporary Culture. Ed. Gail Ashton (Forthcoming, Bloomsbury/Continuum Press)
    • “Intuiting the Past: An introduction to New Age and Neopagan Medievalisms,” Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception. December 2013.
    • Editor, Special Issue: New Age and Neopagan Medievalisms. Relegere: Studies in Religion and Reception. December 2013.
    • “Arthurian Legends in General Education: An Example of Student-Centered Pedagogy.” Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching. Volume 20. Fall 2013
    • “To imitate and inspire awe: Enclosure and audiences in the Katherine Group Saints’ Lives,” Magistra: Journal of Women’s Spirituality in History, 17.2 (December 2011): 32-52.
    • Editor, with Mike Ryan. End of Days: Essays on the Apocalypse from Antiquity to Modernity. McFarland Press. July, 2009.
    • “Prayer and the Cross: Models for Imitation in Ælfric’s Homily for Inventio S. Crucis.” The Place of the Cross in Anglo-Saxon England. Eds. Catherine E. Karkov, Sarah Larratt Keefer and Karen Louise Jolly. Boydell and Brewer, 2005.

Associations, Boards, and Committees
      • Director, Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum
      • Co-director, Plymouth State University Center for Excellence in Teaching and Learning

Courses Taught
    • EN 5500 Special Topics: World Literature of Mysticism
    • EN 5500 Special Topics: Medieval English Literature

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