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Colleen Donnelly, PhD


Associate Professor

E-mail: Colleen.Donnelly@ucdenver.edu
Office Location: 1015 9th St., 203
Phone: 303-556-3790
Fax: 303-556-2959
Office hours:  M 4:00-5:15, or by appointment
Areas of Expertise:
Medieval literature, modernism, medieval and early Christian women, post-structural theory

Education & Degrees

Ph.D., English, University of Washington, 1986
M.A., English, University of Colorado at Boulder, 1982
B.A., Cellular and Developmental Biology and English, University of Colorado at Boulder Molecular, 1980

Bio

I have taught for the English Department for over 20 years in the areas of medieval literature, modernism, and teaching literary reasearch and writing. I am also interested in the lives of women in both medieval and early Christian cultures. My favoirte writers to teach are Chuacer, Faulkner and Joyce, and I also enjoy an occasional science fiction or Tolkien class. My theoretical interests include post-structuralsim, narrative theory and new historicism.

I enjoy writing young adult science fiction, fantasy and historical fiction as well as adult science fiction, but have not pursued publication of this work. I am currently finishing up a book on genetics and immunology for lay people, resurrecting my previous educational training and interests in medicine and sicence. In addition to earning a BA in Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Bilogy, I TA'd in the program three years, spent two years working in labs, and have ghost-written for doctors.

Select Publications

Books:
1994 Linguistics for Writers, SUNY Press.

Articles:
2007 "Feudal Values, Vassalage, and Fealty in The Lord of the Rings." Mythlore Vol 25

2005 "Menopausal Life as Imitation of Art: Margery Kempe and Lack of Sorority," Women’s Writing Vol. 12: 419-432.

2003 "Blame, Silence, and Power: Perceiving Women in Sir Gawain and the Green Knight,” Mediaevalia Vol. 24: 279-298.

2003 "The Nonhomogeneous I: Desire, Pleasure and Fragmentation" in Barthes' A Lover's Discourse Sage Masters of Modern Social Thought: Roland Barthes, (Sage: London).

1997 "Aristocratic Veneer and the Substance of Verbal Bonds in The Weddynge of Sir Gawen and Dame Ragnell and Gamelyn," Studies in Philology 94:321-343.

1995 “Withoute Wordes: A Medieval Lady Dreams in The Assembly of Ladies," Journal of the Rocky Mountain Medieval and Renaissance Society 16:35-55.

1991 "Compelled to Believe in Absalom, Absalom." Style 25:104-122.

1991 "Silence and Shame: How Women’s Speech Contributes to Generic Conventionality and Generic Complexity in The Canterbury Tales," Language and Style, 24:433-443.

Courses Taught

ENGL 3001, Critical Writing

ENGL 3520, Religious Narratives: Gnostic and Apocrypha Works

ENGL 4/5000, James Joyce

ENGL 4/5235, Faulkner

ENGL 4/5500, Medieval Lit

ENGL 4/5510, Whores and Saints: Medieval Women

ENGL 4/5600, Modernism

ENGL 4/5730 and 4/5731, Chaucer