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Faculty Directory » Kisha Tracy

English Studies

Office Hours:

Semester: Fall 2020
Please email Dr. Tracy to schedule an appointment.

Office Information:

Room Number: Miller Hall 204
Phone: 978.665.4827

Courses Taught:

Writing I (ENGL 1100)
British Literature I: Beowulf to Milton (ENGL 2200)
World Literature I (ENGL 2400)
The Structure and Nature of Language (ENGL 2870)
Bible as Literature (ENGL 2600)
The Middle Ages (ENGL 3030)
Chaucer (ENGL 4010)


Ph.D., University of Connecticut (Medieval Studies - English, French, and Latin)
M.A., University of Connecticut (Medieval Studies - English, French, and Latin)
B.A., University of Evansville (English, Summa cum Laude)

Research Interests:

Medieval and Renaissance British Literature
Chaucerian and Middle English Literature
Penitential History and Literature
Memory and Recollection
History of the English Language
European (esp. French) Medieval Literature 400-1450
Old English and Beowulf
Norse Literature
Classical Literature
Latin Literature

Current Projects:

Writing Memory: Reinvention and the Tradition of Confession in Middle English Literature (book)
“Julian of Norwich and the Sin of Forgetting” (article)
“Chaucerian Romance and the Temporality of Confession” (article)

Representative Publications:

Book Review:

The Beginner’s Mindset.” What the Best College Teachers Do. Ken Bain. Cambridge: Harvard UP, 2004. Currents in Teaching and Learning 5.1/2 (2012-13): 103-5.

Conference Presentations:

Lost in the Online Wonderland”; Massachusetts Colleges Online 10th Annual Conference on eLearning Best Practices; Bridgewater State University; June 2014

From the Monk’s Cell to the Professor’s Office”; Session: “Relevance of the Middle Ages Today”; 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies; Kalamazoo, MI; May 2014

Once Written, Twice Remembered: The Reader, Saint Margaret, and the Devil”; Plymouth State University Medieval and Renaissance Forum; Plymouth, NH; April 2014

Teaching the Archaic in the Modern Classroom”; New England Faculty Development Consortium Fall Conference: “The Interactive Classroom: Collaboration and Learning in Higher Education”; Worcester, MA; November 2013

Conference Round Table Panel:

Co-Organizer, Roundtable; “Medievalists and the Social Media Pilgrimage: The Digital Life of 21st Century Medieval Studies #Digimedievalist,” MassMedieval; 49th International Congress on Medieval Studies; Kalamazoo, MI; May 2014


Invited Speaker, “Gawain’s Forgetfulness”; Five College Medieval Studies Seminar; UMass-Amherst; December 3, 2013


Fielding, Jennifer, Julia Hans, Frank Mabee, Kisha Tracy, Anna Consalvo, and Layne Craig. “Integrated Information Literacy and Student Outcomes in Foundational First-Year Writing.” Journal of Assessment and Institutional Effectiveness (2014).

Disability in the Medieval Literary Tradition of the Fisher King.” A World of Difference: Essays on Disability in the Middle Ages. Ed. Joshua R. Eyler (London: Ashgate, 2010). 105-18.

Defining the Medieval City through Death: A Case Study.” Urban Space in the Middle Ages and the Early Modern Age. Ed. Albrecht Classen. Fundamentals of Medieval and Early Modern Culture 4 (New York and Berlin: de Gruyter, 2009). 183-204.

Character Memory and Reinvention of the Past in Béroul’s Roman de Tristan.” Tristania 24 (2006) : 1-15.