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Jamie Keener (she/hers)

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Contact Information

English Building, Room 220

Office Hours

Spring 2024: Tuesday 1-2 PM
PhD Candidate, Literary and Medieval Studies

Research Interests

Middle English, Premodern Race and Ethnic Studies, Critical Mixed Race Studies, Fairy


University of Illinois, Urbana Champaign; English; AM'21

University of Chicago; English Language and Literature; AB'17

Awards and Honors

List of Teachers Ranked as Excellent By Their Students, 2020, 2021, 2022, 2023

Martha W. and Richard Melman Fellowship, 2019-2020

Courses Taught

As Instructor of Record:
  • ENGL 216: Legends of King Arthur (crosslisted CWL 216, MDVL 216)
  • INFO 303: Writing Across Media (crosslisted WRIT 303)
  • BTW 250: Principles of Business Communication
  • RHET 105: Writing and Research
As Teaching Assistant:
  • ENGL 209: Early British Literature and Culture

Additional Campus Affiliations

Program in Medieval Studies
  • Medieval Movie Knights (co-organized with Meg Cornell and Modje Taavon)
Unit for Criticism and Interpretive Theory
  • Research Assistant

Recent Publications

  • Contributor, Playing with Old English: a Playful Pedagogy Resource. ed. Megan Cavell and Renée Trilling. Champaign-Urbana: Illinois Digital Environment for Access to Learning and Scholarship (IDEALS), 2024.
  • “Entry #15: Sir John Mandeville.” Catalogue entry. In Seeing Race Before Race: Visual Culture and the Racial Matrix in the Pre-Modern World. ed. Noémie Ndiaye and Lia Markey. Tempe, AZ: ACMRS Press, April 2023. Published in conjunction with an exhibition of the same title, organized by and presented at the Newberry Library, September 2023. This edited volume received the 2024 Association of American Publishers’ PROSE Award in the ‘Art Exhibitions’ category.
Conference Papers and Workshops
  • 'Audivimus demones incubos et succubos': (Non)Human Forms of Race in De Nugis Curialium.” International Medieval Congress 2024, University of Leeds, Leeds, England, July 1-4, 2024.
  • Roundtable Discussion: “Seeing Race Before Race.” Renaissance Society of America 70th Annual Meeting, Chicago, IL, March 21-23, 2024.
  • “More-Than-Human Monstrosities: Sir Gowther, Nation, and Race.” Medieval Academy of America 99th Annual Meeting, University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN, March 14-16, 2024.
  • "Language Learning and the Pedagogy of Play." Birmingham-Illinois Partnership for Discovery, Engagement and Education (BRIDGE). University of Birmingham, Birmingham, UK, May 14-21, 2023.
  • “Remaking, Rereading, Renaming: Mixed-Race Identity in Sir Gowther.” Gesa E. Kirsch Graduate Student Symposium, The Center for Writing Studies, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, Urbana, IL, April 27-28, 2023.
  • “Making Mermaids: Early Modern (Re)writings of Eve and Mary.” Center for Renaissance Studies. Attending to Women, 1100-1800: Performance, Newberry Library, Chicago, IL, September 30 – October 1, 2022. (Co-led with Cassidy Short)
  • “Race in Fairy Descent: Mélusine and her Afterlives.” Center for Fantasy and the Fantastic, Once and Future Fantasies, University of Glasgow, Glasgow, Scotland, July 13-17, 2022.
  • “Fairy Fruit in India and the British Isles: Mandeville’s Orientalist Mirroring in the Cotton Manuscript.” 57th International Congress on Medieval Studies, Western Michigan University, Kalamazoo, MI, May 9-14, 2022.
  • “Recognizing Race through Sir Orfeo’s Uncanny Fairy Other.” Medieval Studies Student Association, Redefining the Middle Ages, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM, March 11-12, 2021.
  • “The Constance of Race: Religious Racialization in The Man of Law's Tale.” New England Medieval Studies Consortium, Illuminating Hidden Figures: Difference and Diversity in the Middle Ages, Brown University, Providence, RI, March 16-17, 2018.