Katharine Helen Breen

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Research Interests

Professor Breen’s interest in the Middle Ages begins in the fifth century with Sulpicius Severus's Life of Saint Martin, which sanctifies the shift from a Roman to a medieval cultural landscape, and extends from poetry and drama to monastic chronicles and penitential tracts. She focuses her attention most intensely, however, on English literature from the thirteenth through fifteenth centuries – especially William Langland's Piers Plowman and its tradition of poetic social criticism – and on the ways in which books seek to shape their readers through the interplay of material construction and textual content.

Education/Academic qualification

English, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

… → 2003

English, AB, Stanford University

… → 1995

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Research Output

The Yearbook of Langland Studies, Volume 31

Bennett, A. (ed.), Breen, K. H. (ed.) & Weiskott, E. (ed.), 2017, In : The Yearbook of Langland Studies.

Research output: Contribution to journalSpecial issue

Christopher Cannon. From Literacy to Literature: England, 1300-1400

Breen, K. H., 2016, In : The Review of English Studies. 68, 286, p. 797-799 3 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

Reading Step by Step: Pictorial Allegory and Pastoral Care in Piers Plowman

Breen, K. H., 2015, Taxonomies of Knowledge: Information and Order in Medieval Manuscripts. Steiner, E. & Ransom, L. (eds.). University of Pennsylvania Press, p. 90-135 46 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

Review of Reading “Piers Plowman” by Emily Steiner

Breen, K. H., 2015, In : Speculum. 90, 4, p. 1169-1170 2 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalBook/Film/Article review

  • Langland’s literary syntax, or anima as an alternative to latin grammar

    Breen, K., Jan 1 2013, Answerable Style: The Idea of the Literary in Medieval England. Ohio State University Press, p. 95-120 26 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter