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Kahn Endowed Term Professor, Classical Studies, English, and Comparative Literature
Rita Copeland is Professor of Classical Studies and English, Edmund J. and Louise W. Kahn Endowed Term Professor in the Humanities and Chair, Graduate Group in Comparative Literature and Literary Theory. Her work focuses on a number of fields and periods, including: medieval literature (English, Latin, French); intellectuals, learning, and literacy in medieval Europe; literary theory from ancient to early modern; the history of rhetoric from ancient to early modern. Currently she is working on representations of the intellectual in pre-modern Europe, from late antique rhetorical culture to late medieval university cultures and heretical communities. Other current projects include Medieval Literary Theory: Grammatical and Rhetorical Traditions, which is an anthology of primary texts, co-edited with Ineke Sluiter, and The Cambridge Companion to Allegory: Ancient to Modern, co-edited with Peter Struck. She is also a co-editor and co-founder of the Medieval Cultures Series (University of Minnesota Press), and co-editor and co-founder of the annual New Medieval Literatures.