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Maura LaffertyMaura Lafferty

Associate Professor and Associate Head
Department of Classics 
1104 McClung Tower 
The University of Tennessee 
Knoxville, TN 37996-0413

Phone: (865) 974-7178 
Fax: (865) 974-7173

Research Interests

  • Medieval Latin Language and Literature
  • Latin Paleography and Manuscript Culture
  • Ph.D. (Medieval Studies), University of Toronto, 1993
  • M.A. (Classics), University of North Carolina, 1987
  • B.A. (Latin), Wellesley College, 1983 
  • Associate Professor of Classics, Department of Classics, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2008-
  • Assistant Professor of Classics, Department of Classics, University of Tennessee at Knoxville, 2006-08
  • Associate Professor of Latin, Department of Classics, University of North Caroline at Chapel Hill, 2006-07 (on leave)
  • Assistant Professor of Latin, Department of Classics, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 2000-06
  • Arthur J. Ennis Post-doctoral Teaching Fellow in the Humanities, Villanova University, 1998-2000
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Bowdoin College, 1997-98
  • Assistant Professor, Duke University/Intercollegiate Center for Classical Studies, Rome, 1996-97
  • Instructor, Department of Classics, University of Toronto, 1995
  • Instructor (Full-time), McMaster University, 1994-95
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Dalhousie University, 1993-94
  • Visiting Assistant Professor, Columbia University, 1992-93
  • Walter of Châtillon's Alexandreis: Epic and the Problem of Historical Understanding. Turnhout: Brepols, 1998.
  • "The Alexandreis of Gautier de Châtillon," A Companion to Alexander in the Middle Ages, ed. Z. David Zuwiyya (Brill, 2011).
  • "Non scholastico modo: Education and Irish Identity in the Dublin Collection of Irish Saints' Lives," Sacris Erudiri (2009), pp. 321-97.
  • "Medieval Latin Textbooks," Illinois Classical Studies 31 (2006)
  • "Educating a Virgin: A Proposed Emendation of Conchubranus, Vita S. Monennae 1.3," Journal of Medieval Latin 15 (2005), pp. 237-45.
  • "Augustine, the Aeneid, and the Roman Family," Hoping for Continuity: Childhood, Education and Death in Antiquity and the Middle Ages, ed. K. Mustakallio, J. Hanska, H.-L. Sainio, and V. Vuolanto, Acta Instituti Romani Finlandiae, 33 (Rome: Institutum Romanum Finlandiae, 2005), pp. 105-118.

Work in Progress:

  • Empress of Languages: Latinitas in the Early Middle Ages, a book-length study of attitudes towards Latin in Western Europe in the Middle Ages.
  • The Letters of Abelard and Heloise, edition, translation and commentary, next large project.
  • Rhetoric of the Latin Page
  • Vergil and the Changing Mise-en-Page from Late Antiquity to the Middle Ages,” Meeting of the Classical Association of the Mid-West and South, April 11-14, 2018.
  • “Garnish, Appetizer, or Main Course: The Paratext in Vincent of Beauvais’s Speculum Maius,” International Medieval Congress, Leeds University, July 3-7, 2017.
  • "The Evolution of Patrick from Indoctus rusticus to Saintly Scribe in the Book of Armagh," Celtic Studies Association of North America, Ohio State University, May 21, 2011.
  • "Word Order in the Letters of Abelard and Heloise," Convegno dell'Internationales Mittelateiner Komitee, Auctor et Auctoritas in Latinis Medii Aevi litteris, Benevento, November 10-14, 2010.
  • "Paratext and the Layout of the Epic: Vergil and Walter of Chatillon's Alexandreis," Marco Manuscript Workshop: "Unruly Letters & Unbound Texts", University of Tennessee, February 5, 2010.
  • "Speaking to the Martyrs at the Cult Sites of Rome," Forty-fifth InternationaMl Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalatmazoo, May 13-16, 2010.
  • "The Early Liturgy at the Cult Sites of the Martyrs of Rome," Conference on the Early Roman Liturgy at Blackfriars College, Oxford University, United Kingdom, November 14, 2009
  • Telling Our Students the Truth about Latin Word Order," Tennessee Foreign Language Teaching Association, November 8, 2008.
  • "Teaching Hyperbaton, or How to Recognize What Hyperbaton is Not," Classical Association of the Middle West and South, April 18, 2008.
  • "Manuscripts as Guides to Better Reading," Wednesday Lunches, Humanities Initiative, University of Tennessee, February 20, 2008.
  • National Endowment for the Humanities/Jesse Benedict Carter Post-Doctoral Rome Prize Fellow, American Academy in Rome, 2004-2005
  • Fellow, Institute for Research in the Humanities, University of Wisconsin, 2004-2005 (declined)
  • Faculty Fellow, Institute for the Arts and Humanities, UNC, Fall 2004 (declined)
  • Kenan Fund ($1,720), 2004
  • University Research Council Award ($2,000), 2003-2004
  • Fellow, National Humanities Center, 2001-2002

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