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Patricia A. Dailey

Associate Professor of English and Comparative Literature; Co-Director of Institute for Research on Women, Gender and Sexuality
School of the Arts
English and Comparative Literature
602 Philosophy Mail Code: 4927 United States

B.A. Sarah Lawrence College; Ph.D. University of California, Irvine (2002); LMS, Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies (2005). Patricia Dailey joined Columbia faculty in Fall 2004 after a holding a Woodrow Wilson Postdoctoral Fellowship at Northwestern University (2002-2004). She specializes in medieval literature and culture (English, Dutch, French, and Italian) and critical theory, focusing on women's mystical texts, visions, Anglo-Saxon poetry and prose, medieval rhetoric, hermeneutics, and theology. Her book Promised Bodies: Time, Language, and Corporeality in Medieval Women's Mystical Texts (Columbia University Press, 2013) examines the relation between gender, temporality, the body, and language in medieval mystical texts, with a focus on the thirteenth century mystic Hadewijch. Her next book project,  Responsive Subjects: Exteriority and Anglo-Saxon Literature, focuses on Anglo-Saxon literature and theology. She is also the co-editor, with Veerle Fraeters, of A Companion to Hadewijch (forthcoming, Brill, 2014). Patricia Dailey has written on Hadewijch, Julian of Norwich, Marguerite Porete, Hildegard von Bingen, Old English riddles, The Letter from Alexander to Aristotle, The Ruin, Beowulf, among others. Recent articles include, "Riddles, Wonder, and Responsiveness in Anglo-Saxon Literature," in the Cambridge History of Early Medieval English Literature 500-1150 (2012); "The Body and its Senses" and "Time and Memory" in the Cambridge Companion to Christian Mysticism (2012); "Children of Promise: The Bodies of Hadewijch of Antwerp," Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies (Spring, 2011); and "Questions of Dwelling in Anglo-Saxon Poetry and Medieval Mysticism: Inhabiting Landscape, Body, Mind," New Medieval Literatures (vol 8, 2006). Other articles have appeared in Women's Studies Quarterly, Witness Issue (2007), Le Secret: Motif et Moteur de la Litterature (1999),  Les Imaginaires du Mal (2000), the PMLA's special issue on Derrida (2005), and Routledge's Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia. In addition to her work in medieval literature, she has translated works by Giorgio Agamben (The Time That Remains, Stanford 2005), Jean-François Lyotard, Antonio Negri, and Eric Alliez. She is the founder of the Anglo-Saxon Studies Colloquium and co-founder of the Theory Reading Group.

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