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, Dante, medieval literary theory and education, the history of the book, and the relationship between literature and the visual arts. Her research has been supported by grants from the New York Public Library, 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. Currently, she is researching illuminated Apocalypse manuscripts.
PhD 2005 Stanford University
M.Phil. 1998 Cambridge University
BA 1997 University of Southern California
ENG 100 – King Arthur
ENG 241 – Text & Image
ENG 281 – Working with Medieval Manuscripts
ENG 310 – Medieval Literature (topics vary, but have included Dante’s Commedia, Medieval Mysticism and Devotional Life, Global Middle Ages, the Gawain-Poet)
ENG 330 – Chaucer
ENG 450 – Medieval Dream Visions (Fall 2021)
“Stephan Batman Reading Anglo Norman: The Annotations in Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Selden Supra 38,” The Library (forthcoming)
“Sir Cleges and the Magic of Generosity: Medieval Ethical Codes and the Nature of Giving,” New Medieval Literatures 23 (expected for January 2023)
“Patmos and Faerieland, or, What Did Spenser Learn from Illuminated Apocalypse Manuscripts?” Studies in Philology 119.4 (2022)
“Thoughts from the Corner: Sylvia Townsend Warner’s The Corner that Held Them (1948) and the Liberal Arts College,” Peregrinations: Journal of Medieval Art & Architecture 7 (2021): 269-80.
“The Unexpected Correspondences among Cambridge, University Library MS Gg.1.1; Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS Selden Supra 38; and Paris, Bibliothèque de l’Arsenal MS 5214,” Manuscripta 64.2 (2020): (expected July 2021)
“Retrofitting the Apocalypse: Identifying the Image Cycle in London, British Library, Additional MS 17399,” Manuscripta 64.1 (2020): 73-116
“‘Avianus and the Apocalypse in Paris, BnF, MS n.a.l. 1132,” in After the Carolingians: Re-defining Manuscript Illumination in the 10th and 11th Centuries, eds. Beatrice E. Kitzinger and Joshua O’Driscoll, Sense, Matter, and Medium: New Approaches to Medieval Culture (Berlin: De Gruyter, 2019), 336-74.
“Lady Poverty’s Overthrow of Dame Largesse: The Uneasy Place of Generosity in St. Francis’s Virtues,” The World of St. Francis (Siena: Betti Editrice, 2016).
“In the Presence of the Past and the Shadows of Futurity: Petrarch, Vernacular Art Criticism, and the Anticipation of the Connoisseur,” Mediaevalia 36/37 (2015/16): 147-86.
“Seeing John: A Commentary on the Link Word of Pearl Fitt XVII,” Glossator 9 (2015): 326-54.
“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.
NEH Summer Institute Participant, “Law & Culture in Medieval England” (2021)
Lorry Lokey Faculty Excellence Award, Lewis & Clark College (2021)
Teacher of the Year (2018)
London Humanities Overseas Program (2017)
Siena Overseas Program (2011)