Dr. Elizabeth Harper is associate professor of English at Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. She previously taught at the University of Central Arkansas for four years. Dr. Harper received her doctorate in medieval English literature from the University of North Carolina, a M.A. in English from the University of North Carolina, and a B.A. in English and philosophy from Wheaton College (Illinois). Her publications include “Pearl in the Context of Fourteenth-Century Gift Economies,” The Chaucer Review 44, no. 4 (2010) and “ ‘A Tokene and a Book’: Reading Images in Dives and Pauper,” The Yearbook of Langland Studies 28 (2014), as well as book reviews and articles about teaching medieval literature to undergraduates.
Dr. Harper’s book manuscript, “Gifts and Economic Exchange in Late Medieval Religious Writing,” examines how three Middle English writers and one early English reformer use the language of gift-giving to imagine alternatives to the competitive cultures of English court and marketplace during the 14th, 15th, and 16th centuries. Her other research interests include medieval culture, religion, and intellectual history, as well as Chaucer, Hoccleve, romance, and early Reformation intellectual history. When she is not reading, writing, or teaching, Dr. Harper likes to garden, read mystery novels, and hike with her family.
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