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Cynthia Turner Camp, Associate Professor of English Literature at the University of Georgia, specializes in late medieval literature and medieval hagiography. Her research focuses primarily on English saints, the epistemological grounds of (medieval and contemporary) historiography, differing medieval constructions of time, and manuscript studies and the early development of printing. These interests find expression in the study of late medieval saints' lives and relics (particularly of incorrupt saints); community identity construction, historiographic writing, and memorial processes; and the literature and culture of late medieval monasticism. In addition to being responsible for the department's Chaucer and Middle English courses, she frequently teaches medieval women's literary culture and courses that focus on manuscript culture.
She is the Primary Investigator and instructor of record for a multi-semester, classroom based, student led research project that investigates the medieval manuscripts held by UGA's Hargrett Library. Our primary object of study is the Hargrett Hours, a fifteenth-century prayerbook known as a Book of Hours that we are editing and writing about for online publication, but we also aid the Special Collections Libraries in the study of other medieval materials owned by UGA. This series of courses was designed under the auspices of the Special Collections Libraries Fellows Program and is supported at UGA by the Special Collections Libraries, CTL, the Center for Applied Isotope Studies at UGA, the DigiLab, and the Department of English. Undergraduates and graduate students interested in participating in this project should contact Dr. Camp for more information; typically, these courses run every fall.
Her monograph, Anglo-Saxon Saints' Lives as History Writing in Late Medieval England (2015), examines the interplay of Anglo-Saxon saints' lives, historical consciousness, and narrative history-writing in late medieval and early modern vernacular hagiography. In Fall 2012 she was a Visiting Research Fellow at the University of London's Institute of English Studies, and in 2007 she received grants from the Cornell University Society for the Humanities and the Medieval Academy of America to examine the newly-discovered manuscript of saints' lives by the fifteenth-century poet Osbern Bokenham, on which she has presented at several conferences. She is also co-editing, with Emily Kelley of Saginaw Valley State University, a collection of essays on medieval merchants' devotion to saints across western Europe. Recent articles include "The Temporal Excesses of Dead Flesh," postmedieval 4.4 (Dec. 2013) and "Spatial Memory, Historiographic Fantasy, and the Touch of the Past in the Middle English St Erkenwald," New Literary History 44.3 (Summer 2013).
Within the English department, she is the Graduate Coordinator. For information about the graduate program in the Department of English, please see the department's website: http://www.english.uga.edu/graduate-studies.
Ph.D., Medieval Studies (Middle English literature), Cornell University, 2008
M.A., English Literature (Victorian poetry), University of Ottawa
B.A., English Literature, Whitworth University