Angela Bennett

Angela Bennett, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Summary

As a literary historian and codicologist, Angela Bennett's research emerges at the intersection of book history, media studies, medieval literature and the digital humanities.

She is primarily interested in the ways that medieval manuscripts make meaning across multiple registers of images, text and material and in how those visio-textual strategies translate across multiple forms of media in different cultural moments. On the one hand, she focuses on theorizing the individual encounter with the material manuscript and in particular, the queerness of that encounter as it happens across time, species and materialities. On the other hand, she seeks to understand the role that these objects played in Late Medieval English literary culture by mapping the quantities and networks of textual circulation of vernacular texts, especially those outside the standard Middle English canon, which makes up the bulk of manuscripts. 

Bennett is building a database of Middle English manuscripts and their texts in order to facilitate a comprehensive, statistical and graphical look at the whole of English manuscript culture in the last of the pre-print era.

You can see examples of this work as it applies to the Piers Plowman manuscript corpus.

Research interests

  • Medieval literature
  • Middle English
  • Manuscript culture
  • Paleography and codicology
  • Book history
  • Media studies
  • Digital humanities

Publications

  • "Picturing Queer Desire in the Vernon Manuscript," Theories and Practices of Visual Culture 5 (2014): 1-21.
  • "Touched for the Very First Time: Losing My Manuscript Virginity," Transparent Things: A Cabinet. Maggie Williams and Karen Overby, eds. Punctum Books, 2013. 39-56.

Education

  • Ph.D., English Language and Literatures, New York University, 2015
  • M.A., English Language and Literatures, New York University, 2009
  • B.A., English, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, 2006