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Jenny Adams

Associate Professor

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(413) 545-5518

E453 South College

Jenny Adams, Associate Professor, holds a Ph.D. and an A.M. in English Literature from the University of Chicago, and a B.A. in English Literature and French Language and Literature from UCLA.  Her current research focuses on academic debt and university life in late medieval England.  To this end she is working on a monograph provisionally titled “Unlocking St. Frideswide’s Chest: Debt and University Life in Medieval Oxford.”  You can get a small gist of her work on this subject in her short piece, “The History of Student Loans Goes Back to the Middle Ages” which she wrote for The Conversation (March 2016).

With Nancy Bradbury (Smith College) she has recently edited an essay collection titled Medieval Women and Their Objects (University of Michigan Press, 2017).  Her past research has been on chess and political organization in the late Middle Ages.  Her publications on this subject include her book, Power Play: The Literature and Politics of Chess in the Late Middle Ages (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006); her edition of William Caxton’s The Game and Playe of the Chesse (TEAMS Middle English Texts series, 2009); and articles in Studies in the Age of Chaucer, the Journal of English Germanic Philology, Essays in Medieval StudiesThe Chaucer Review, and the Journal of Popular Culture.  For her research she has won fellowships from the ACLS, NEH, Newberry Library, and Mellon Foundation.  She has taught a wide variety of courses including: Chaucer, Arthurian Legends, Major British Authors, Medieval Dream Poetry, Medieval Travel Narratives, Utopian/Dystopias, Old English, and Society and Literature.

Research Areas

Medieval Literature