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, aesthetics, and emotions. My current book project, Forms of Suffering: Chaucer, Aesthetics, and the Invention of Pity,  examines 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 developing a secondary project, Passionate Language: Constructing a Vocabulary of the Passion in Medieval and Early Modern England, 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.

Currently, I am a Postdoctoral Fellow  at the Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies and an Instructor in the English Department at Duke University. I completed my Ph.D. in the English program at Duke University in April 2017.

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