Ph.D., Duke University. Middle English Literature
Professor Paulson specializes in late medieval English literature with an emphasis on early English drama. She is particularly interested in the transition between the medieval and early modern and the intersection of literature, religion, and culture. She teaches courses on medieval and renaissance drama; the poetry of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, and the Gawain poet; the visionary writing of Julian of Norwich and Margery Kempe; and political and religious writing surrounding the Peasant’s Revolt of 1381 and Lollard heresy. Her research focuses on examining late medieval understandings of selfhood in relation to contemporary religious thought and practice. She has written articles and book reviews about medieval literature and culture in journals such as Theatre Survey, Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Literature, Speculum, and The American Historical Review. She is the author of Theater of the Word: Performance and Penitential Subject in the English Morality Play, forthcoming from University of Notre Dame Press.