Katharine Helen Breen

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20052020

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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 at Berkeley

… → 2003

English, AB, Stanford University

… → 1995

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