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Karen Gross

Associate Professor of English

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Karen Gross joined the Lewis & Clark English department in 2005. She studies and teaches the European Middle Ages with an emphasis on England and Italy in the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries. She is particularly interested in the reception of classical texts, medieval literary theory and education, medieval biography, humanism, and the relationship between literature and the visual arts. Her research has been supported by grants from the Mellon Foundation, the Huntington Library, the Stanford Humanities Center, and the Fulbright program. In 2008 she received the Graves Award, sponsored by the ACLS, for her efforts as a teacher.



Medieval Literature


“Seeking Presence: Petrarch, Vernacular Art Criticism, and the Connoisseur,” Mediaevalia (forthcoming)

“Chaucer’s Silent Italy,” Studies in Philology 109 (2012): 19-44

“Scholar Saints and Boccaccio’s Trattatello in laude di Dante,” MLN 124 (2009): 66-85.

“Hunting, Heraldry, and the Fall in the Boke of St. Albans,” Viator 38 (2007): 191-215

“Chaucer, Mary Magdalene, and the Consolation of Love,” Chaucer Review 41 (2006): 1-37.

“Virgilian Hauntings in Boccaccio’s De casibus virorum illustrium,” Medievalia et Humanistica, n.s. 31 (2005): 15-40.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. 2005 Stanford University, M.Phil. 1998 Cambridge University, B.A. 1997 University of Southern California

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