Rosemary O'Neill joined the English Department at Kenyon in 2011 after teaching at Haverford College and the University of Pennsylvania. Her research and teaching take up the literature of later medieval England, with a particular interest in how religious practices shaped the poetry of writers such as Chaucer, Langland, and the Pearl-Poet. At Kenyon, she teaches courses on medieval drama, medieval women writers, and literature and religion in medieval England a freshman seminar investigates the topic of marriage in literature from Plato to the present. She is completing a book project which explores the medieval image of the individual conscience as an account book, arguing that discourses of salvation in medieval England were shaped by divergent traditions of financial accounting. A new project investigates the history of the concept of family in Middle English literature. Her research has been supported by grants from the British Academy and the Medieval Academy.
Medieval literature, history of the book, Chaucer
2009 — Doctor of Philosophy from University of Pennsylvania
2000 — Bachelor of Arts from Univ Chicago