Race and the Premodern Period Presents: Dr. Carissa M. Harris

Dr. Carissa M. Harris’s research and teaching focus on gender and sexuality in medieval England and Scotland. Her research has been supported by fellowships from the Ford Foundation, the Woodrow Wilson Foundation, and the Institute for Advanced Study.

Her first book, Obscene Pedagogies: Transgressive Talk and Sexual Education in Late Medieval Britain (Cornell University Press, 2018), analyzes sexual education, consent, and rape culture from Geoffrey Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales to the Access Hollywood

tape. Obscene Pedagogies won the Society for Medieval Feminist Scholarship’s 2020 biennial prize for Best First Book of Medieval Feminist Scholarship.

She is currently writing a second book, titled The
Poetics of Rage: Women’s Anger, Misogyny, and Political Power in Premodern Britain. She is an editor for the journal Exemplaria: Medieval, Early Modern, Theory.

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