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Mary Kate Hurley

Mary Kate Hurley, portrait
Associate Professor
Ellis 307, Athens Campus


Ph.D., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

M.Phil., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

M.A., English and Comparative Literature, Columbia University

B.A., English/History, Wake Forest University

Scholarly Focus

Medieval Literature, Old English Language and Literature, Middle English Language and Literature, History of the English Language, Translation Theory, Network Theory, Eco-criticism, Media Studies

Personal website


“Distant Knowledge in the British Library, Cotton Tiberius B.v Wonders of the East” in Review of English Studies (forthcoming 2017, available via advance access).

“Scars of History: Temporal Archives and A Game of Thrones” in American/Medieval: Nature and Mind in Cultural Transfer , eds. Gillian R. Overing and Ulrike Wiethaus (Vandenhoeck and Ruprecht, Göttigen) (forthcoming 2016)

“Dream of the Rood” in the Wiley Handbook on Medieval Literature , ed. Siân Echard and Robert Rouse, forthcoming from Wiley-Blackwell (2017)

“Saintly Ecologies: Tracing Collectivities in the Life of King Oswald of Northumbria,” in The Politics of Ecology: Land, Life and Law in Medieval Britain , eds. Randy P. Schiff and Joseph Taylor (Columbus: The Ohio State University Press, 2016): pp. 127-150

“Monsters,” in Medieval Culture: A Compendium of Critical Topics, ed. Albrecht Classen (Berlin and New York: DeGruyter, 2015): pp. 1167-1183

Alfredian Temporalities: Time and Translation in the Old English Orosius,” The Journal of English and Germanic Philology, Vol. 112, No. 4 (October 2013), pp. 405-432.

"Why We Blog: An Essay in Four Movements” with Jeffrey Cohen, Eileen Joy, and Karl Steel, Literature Compass, Special Issue on “E-Medieval”(December 2012)

“Ruins of the Past: Beowulf and Bethlehem Steel,” The Heroic Age: A Journal of Early Medieval Northwestern Europe 13 (2010)

Digital edition and translation of “The Geographical Preface to the Old English Orosius,” The Digital Mappamundi Project, directed by Martin K. Foys and Asa Simon Mittman (2010)

Courses Taught

  • ENG 2020: Poetry and Drama
  • ENG 3110: Tolkien's Middle Ages
  • ENG 3110: English Literature to 1500
  • ENG 3510: History of the English Language
  • ENG 4600: Topics in English Studies (Love and Monsters: Medieval Romance and the Legend of Arthur)
  • ENG 5090: Medieval Literature (graduate)
  • ENG 7090: Community, Collectivity, Ecology (graduate)