Leah giving the plenary address at the 2018 Madison Graduate Conference in English Language and Literature.

Leah giving the plenary address at the 2018 Madison Graduate Conference in English Language and Literature.

I recently received my PhD in English from the University of Wisconsin-Madison. I go by my first (Leah), middle (Pope), or last name (Parker), interchangeably, and I use she/her/hers pronouns. I am originally from Bothell, WA (north of Seattle) and spent five years in Washington, DC before moving to Wisconsin in 2012. In July 2019, I will move to Hattiesburg, Mississippi to take up a position as Assistant Professor of English (pre-1600 British literature) at the University of Southern Mississippi!

My completed dissertation is titled "Embodied Lives and Afterlives: Disability and the Eschatological Imaginary in Early Medieval England." In it, I explore how ideas of disability and embodiment shaped early medieval Christian concepts of the afterlife in Old English literature. My research as a whole explores histories of disability and embodied subjectivity in the Middle Ages, alongside phenomenologies of religion and histories of medicine. While I primarily study literature and language, my work also utilizes methods from the traditional (e.g. codicology) to the cutting edge (e.g. multispectral imaging) and engages with a wide range of disciplines including history, material culture, archaeology, and sociology.

Research Interests

Old and Middle English literature; disability studies; digital humanities; feminist and queer theory; hagiography and homiletics; history of science/medicine; phenomenology of religion

Teaching Interests

Medieval and early modern literature (including Chaucer, Shakespeare, Milton); disability, race, gender, and sexuality; medievalism; Old English and history of the English language; health humanities; digital humanities

Contact

Email: lepope@wisc.edu
Twitter: @ParkerChronicle and @MADisability