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Colleen Donnelly, PhD

Associate Professor

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


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

1994 Linguistics for Writers, SUNY Press.

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