Hillary O’Brien is a senior at Keene State, majoring in English and minoring in Medieval and Early Modern Studies. She took her first courses in this area to complete an English major requirement, but soon found she liked it enough to minor in it.
“I am very glad I did,” says Hillary. “The program gives you a lot of freedom to study what you please, with some great faculty. My main interests lie in the study of gender and sexuality in medieval literature.”
Last year, she presented a paper at the Plymouth State Medieval and Renaissance Forum that explored gender performance in twelfth-century texts.
She is currently working on a paper that explores the idea of gender in sanctity in the Middle Ages that she hopes to submit for the forum this Spring. She plans to continue her education in graduate school.
Kelsey Krehbiel graduated from KSC in May 2012 with a major in English and a minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, focusing on medieval Arthurian texts. She is now working on her MA in Arthurian Literature at Bangor University in Wales. Kelsey hopes to continue her work with medieval texts on Arthur and his court, as well as expanding to later time periods.
While at Keene State, Kelsey gave a paper at the 33rd Annual Medieval and Renaissance Forum, Plymouth State University titled Reinterpreting the Medieval Model: The Chronicles of Narnia as a Medieval Romance.
For more information about the minor in Medieval and Early Modern Studies, please contact:
Dr. Meriem Pagès
203 Parker Hall