Miriamne Krummel

Associate Professor
Full-Time Faculty
College of Arts and Sciences: English

  • Location: HM 219
  • Phone: 937-229-3424
  • Email: Contact

Profile

Dr. Krummel earned her B.A. degree at University of Connecticut and her M.A. degree at Hunter College, City University of New York. She completed her Ph.D. at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania. The courses she teaches are informed by subjects important to women's studies, ethnic studies, postcolonial studies, and medieval literature. Dr. Krummel is also an avid traveler and has visited places as far away as New Zealand and as exciting as Israel. Now she often travels to the United Kingdom, where she researches medieval manuscripts housed in major research libraries.

As a child, Dr. Krummel was introduced to the Yiddish language, spoken by her grandmother, her grandmother's friends, and her mother. Dr. Krummel reasons that this early introduction to a foreign language sparked her interest in foreign languages and literatures from the Middle Ages to the present.

Faculty Perspective

Having completed my first book, Crafting Jewishness in Medieval England (Palgrave Macmillan, 2011), I am now at work on my second book, currently entitled, “The Medieval Postcolonial Jew.” The second book continues the work—the exploration into the Otherness of the imaginary Jewish figure—of the first book. “The Medieval Postcolonial Jew,” then, is the next stage in a two-part study: Crafting Jewishness pursues both the strategic erasure of the physically present Jew before the 1290 Jewish Expulsion and the systematic reconstruction of the physically absent Jew after that Expulsion; “The Medieval Postcolonial Jew” monitors the invisible pressure of a colonizing nation and that nation’s invention of a barbaric Other. Studying fourteenth-, fifteenth-, and sixteenth-century literature, “The Medieval Postcolonial Jew” traces the invention of a putrid, polluted, and psychopathic figure. The construction of this medieval Other, this Jewish figure, serves as the staging ground for designing any marginalized group as the necessary antagonist for a nation fashioning itself as a dominant and indestructible force.

Given that both of my parents are Ph.D.s, it comes as no suprise that I love research and writing. But I also love teaching and enjoy sharing my knowledge with others. As a professor who advocates democracy in the classroom, I attempt to create a class community and to include students in my research discoveries.

Degrees

  • Ph.D., Lehigh University, 2002

Research Interests

  • Medieval literature
  • Old and Middle English
  • Early modern literature
  • Women and gender studies
  • Jewish studies
  • Cultural studies

Selected Publications

Books

Crafting Jewishness in Medieval England: Legally Absent, Virtually Present, New Middle Ages Series, ed. Bonnie Wheeler. New York: Palgrave Macmillan, 2011.

Articles

“Meir b. Elijah of Norwich and the Margins of Memory.” Shofar 27 (2009): 1-24.

“Globalizing Jewish Communities: Mapping Jewishness in Fragment VII of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales.” Texas Studies in Literature and Language 50 (2008): 121-42.

“The Pardoner, the Prioress, Sir Thopas, and the Monk: Semitic Discourse and the Jew(s).” The Canterbury Tales, Revisited: 21st-Century Interpretations. Ed. Kathleen Bishop. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars, 2008. 88-110.

“Getting Even: Social Control and Uneasy Laughter in the Croxton Play of the Sacrament.” Medieval English Comedy. Eds. Sandra Hordis, and Paul Hardwick. Profane Arts Series. Turnhout, Belguim: Brepols, 2007. 171-93.

“The Semitisms of Middle English Literature.” Literature Compass 1 (2003): 1-12.

The Tale of Ceïx and Alceone: Alceone’s Agency in Gower’s ‘Audible Mime.’” Exemplaria 13 (2001): 497-528.

Creative Nonfiction

“Darkness.” Jewish Currents 65 (Winter 2010-2011): 71.

“350 Years of Jewish Presence.” The Dayton Jewish Observer. Dec. 2004. 17.

“Am I MS?” Embodied Rhetorics: Disability in Language and Culture. Eds. James C. Wilson and Cynthia Lewiecki-Wilson. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 2001. 61-77.

“Reimagining the Anusim (the Forced Ones) of 15th-Century Spain.” Midstream: A Monthly Jewish Review 46 (November 2000): 41-43.