Karen A. Winstead

Professor and Director of Undergraduate Studies


Karen Winstead's research interests include saints' legends; religious, gender and political issues in late-medieval literature and art; and modern appropriations of the medieval.

Winstead has published two monographs, John Capgrave's Fifteenth Century and Virgin Martyrs: Legends of Sainthood in Late Medieval England, as well as translations and editions of medieval saints' lives. Her forthcoming Life Writing in the English Middle Ages will be Volume One of the Oxford History of Life Writings. Her publications also include essays on Geoffrey Chaucer, Margery Kempe, John Capgrave, Osbern Bokenham, John Lydgate and others.

Winstead's teaching interests range from medieval literature to contemporary popular culture. She regularly teaches the Survey of British Literature to 1800, Arthurian Literature, Special Topics in Film and Literature (Monsters without and Within) and special topics in medieval literature at the undergraduate and graduate levels. In 2016, she won the English Undergraduate Organization's Professor of the Year award.

Selected Publications

  • John Capgrave's Fifteenth Century. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2007.
  • Virgin Martyrs: Legends of Sainthood in Late Medieval England. Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2007.
  • Chaste Passions: Middle English Virgin Martyr Legends (anthology of translations). Ithaca: Cornell University Press, 2000.
  • The Life of Saint Katherine of Alexandria by John Capgrave (translation). Notre Dame: University of Notre Dame Press, 2011.
  • The Life of Saint Katherine of Alexandria by John Capgrave (edition). Kalamazoo: Medieval Institute Publications, 1999.

Curriculum Vitae

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Areas of Expertise
  • Medieval literature
  • Gender and sexuality studies
  • Film and popular culture
  • Comparative literature
  • PhD, Indiana University, 1989
  • BA, Brown University, 1982

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