Dr. Jeanne Provost teaches and writes on late medieval literature, with a special interest in ecocriticism and animal theory. She received her B.A. in English from Carleton College, where she discovered a lasting enthusiasm for liberal arts education. She earned her Ph.D. at the University of California, Santa Barbara under the co-direction of L. O. Aranye Fradenburg and Carol Braun Pasternack. Before coming to Furman, Dr. Provost taught ecocritical approaches to medieval literature as a Visiting Assistant Professor at Austin College in Sherman, Texas. She joined the Furman English Department and became an affiliate faculty member with the Shi Center for Sustainability in 2011. She is the author of "Sovereign Meat: Reassembling the Hunter King from Medieval Forest Law to The Wedding of Sir Gawain and Dame Ragnelle" and an essay in process, "How Do You Care for Your Horse? The Wife of Bath, the Living Land, and the Erotic Undoing of Ownership." Her current book project explores diverse representations of human sovereignty over the land in medieval literature and law.

Name Title Description

ENG-111

Literature

ENG-201

British Literature to 1798

A broad survey, covering the Middle Ages, the Renaissance and the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. Authors studied include: Chaucer, Spenser, Donne, Shakespeare, Milton, Dryden, Behn,Pope, Swift, Johnson, Wollestonecraft, and Wordsworth. Required essays test students' abilities to employ the standard concepts of literary analysis.

ENG-301

Late 14th Century English Lit

Readings in major works of medieval English literature, from Beowulf to Malory. A substantial part of the course is devoted to Chaucer's Canterbury Tales.

ENG-420

Animals in the Middle Ages

Explores medieval literature about animals, humans' historical relationships with other animals, philosophical discussions of the idea of the animal

ENG-421

Medieval Arthurian Literature

Study of the earliest tales of King Arthur and his knights. Course focuses on medieval European literature but may include one contemporary version. Authors include Chr�tien de Troyes, the Gawain poet, Malory, and others.

ENG-475

Senior Seminar in English

Course topic changes with each offering.

Education
Ph.D.
University of California, Santa Barbara
M.A.
University of Kentucky
B.A.
Carleton College

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