Kelly Williams

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Contact Information

4th Floor English Building
608 S. Wright St

Research Interests

  • Early Medieval British Literature and Language (pre-Norman Conquest)
  • Old English and Old Irish literature and culture
  • Space and place, pragmatics, feminist theory
  • Comics and Pop Culture Studies


  • MA in English Literature, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, 2015
  • BA in English, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 2011

Courses Taught

  • History of the English Language (instructor)
  • Survey of British Literature to 1800 (teaching assistant)
  • Introduction to Fiction (instructor)
  • Introduction to Poetry (instructor)
  • Principles of Business Writing (instructor)

Highlighted Publications

Academic Publications

“Movement, Space, and Power in Cynewulf’s Juliana” (under consideration)

Review of Medievalism in A Song of Ice and Fire and Game of Thrones, by Shiloh Carroll, Journal of English and Germanic Philology 119.1 (2020).

Public Scholarship

“’Appreciate the Art’: Complicity and Collaboration in BioShock and The Evil Within 2.The Vault of Culture. 19 July 2019.

“Female Readership and Corruption in The Dark Phoenix Saga (1980) and Dark Phoenix (2019).” The Vault of Culture. 23 May 2019.

“What Exactly is ‘Sonnie’s Edge?’: Thinking About Women’s Bodies in Love Death + Robots.” The Vault of Culture. 14 April 2019.

Interviewed by Sean Douglass. “For Medieval Scholars, ‘Game of Thrones’ is Bittersweet.” The Clyde-Fitch Report. 1 August 2017.