Katherine Churchill studies and teaches medieval literature. Her dissertation project, Archival Sensibilities: Posterity, Organization, and Collection in Late-Medieval England and France, traces how archivists changed how they stored and organized texts in the fourteenth and fifteenth centuries, transforming literary writing in the process. In addition to her work on media history and cultural memory, she also studies virginity, gender, orality, and nineteenth-century medievalism.
Churchill also writes about literature and medieval culture for non-academic audiences and runs the Public-Facing Scholarship Kohler Seminar at UVA. Her essays have appeared in outlets such as Oxford American Magazine, Public Books, Electric Literature, and Avidly.
“Relational Virginity and Nonbinary Gender in La vie de Sainte Euphrosine and La vie de Saint Alexis,” Journal of Medieval Religious Cultures (forthcoming).
Selected Public-Facing Writing:
“An Extraordinarily Metal Way to Be: Authorship and Medieval Women.” Public Books. https://www.publicbooks.org/an-extraordinarily-metal-way-to-be-authorship-and-medieval-women/
“Questing for the Past.” Oxford American Magazine. https://www.oxfordamerican.org/magazine/issue-116-spring-2022/questing-for-the-past
“The Monster in The Green Knight Should be Sexier.” Electric Literature. https://electricliterature.com/the-monster-in-the-new-green-knight-movie-should-be-sexier/