I am a medievalist, specializing in the literature and culture of late medieval England.  I have a particular interest in women's and gender studies, as well as medieval and classical theories of ethics and emotions. My current project considers the development and transformation of the language of pity in medieval English literature and culture through a study of the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer. I argue that Chaucer reformulated trans-European pity discourses for an English audience, and, in the process, made pity a central ethical and aesthetic concern in English literature. 

I am also interested in the social and gender politics of the particular vocabulary that developed in Passion narratives in the fourteenth and fifteenth-centuries. To that end, I am currently developing a secondary project tracing how keywords in Passion narratives such as glory, reuthe, and compassion came into the English language and how they were deployed for political purposes.

 In addition to being a doctoral candidate in the Ph.D. program in English at Duke University, I am also a candidate for the Certificate in College Teaching and the Certificate in Medieval and Renaissance Studies

For more information, please contact me at jessica.hines@duke.edu.