Kristen L. Over smiles into the camera.
Associate Professor, Women's, Gender & Sexuality Studies Coordinator
College of Arts and Sciences
(773) 442-5833
Comparative literature, medieval British literature, medieval Welsh literature, French and Welsh romance, Arthurian literature, poststructural theory, postcolonial theory, feminist theory, gender and sexuality studies
Courses Taught
ENGL 210 WIP:Methods for English Majors
ENGL 221 English Literature: Beginnings to c. 1750
ENGL 307 Medieval Studies: Arthurian Tradition
ENGL 308 English Literature from Beowulf to Malory
ENGL 314 Chaucer and His Age
ENGL 345 Practical Criticism
ENGL 371 Studies in Women's Literature
ENGL 410 Literary Method and Practice
ENGL 430 Studies in Literary Criticism
ENGL 495 Rethinking Race and Gender
WGS 201 WIP: Feminist Ideas
ZHON 192 Honors Introduction to the Humanities
Research Interests
Race and gender, medieval sexualities, epistemologies of ignorance, indigenous American women’s writing, philosophies of identity and freedom, politics of nation and identity

Ph.D. Comparative Literature, University of California, Los Angeles
B.A. Comparative Literature, University of California, Berkeley

Selected Publications

Book Article. “Warrior Ideal or Sinful Beast? Ambiguous Sovereignty in Culhwch ac Olwen.” In The Language of Gender, Power, and Agency in Celtic Studies. Amber Handy and Brian Ó Conchubhair, editors. Arlen House Press 2013. Examines the sovereign power of God and Arthur  in an early Welsh Arthurian tale.

Book Article. “Hybridity Reconsidered: Rewriting the Literary Welshman in Peredur vab Efrawc.” In Other Nations: The Hybridization of Medieval Insular Mythology and Identity. Wendy Marie Hoofnagle and Wolfram R. Keller, editors. Winter, Heidelberg, 2011. Examines a Welsh version of the Perceval tale in the context of distinct insular identities.

Book. Kingship, Conquest, and Patria: Literary and Cultural Identities in Medieval French and Welsh Arthurian Romance. Routledge Press, 2005. A study of vernacular literature, medieval colonialisms, and state formation focusing on the romances of Chrétien de Troyes and three thirteenth-century Welsh tales.

Book Article. “Transcultural Change: Romance to Rhamant.” In Medieval Celtic Literature and Society. Helen Fulton, editor. Four Courts Press, Dublin 2005. Assessment of the genres of romance/rhamant from a postcolonial perspective.

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Office Hours
Spring 2024 Student Hours
Tuesday and Thursday: Noon-1:00 p.m./4:00-5:00 p.m. (in person)
Monday and Wednesday: 2:00-4:00 p.m. via ZOOM

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