Department of English Language and Literature and the College
Julie Orlemanski’s research specialization is the literature of the late Middle Ages. Her current book manuscript, “Symptomatic Subjects: Bodies, Signs, and Narratives in Late Medieval England,” considers the intersection of medicine and literature in the 14th and 15th centuries. During this period, widespread efforts to translate and compile medical knowledge produced new conditions of corporeal literacy in England, including keen speculation about the ways in which diverse causal forces (astrological, environmental, dietetic, hereditary, demonic, and divine, among others) affected how individuals looked and acted. Orlemanski is also working on a second book project, entitled “Things without Faces: Remediation and Medieval Allegory.” It redescribes the workings of medieval personification allegory through the concepts of media theory.
Her essays have appeared in several publications, including the Journal of Medieval and Early Modern Studies, postmedieval, and Exemplaria, and books, including Robert Thornton and His Books (forthcoming), and A Handbook of Middle English Studies.
Orlemanski earned her BA from the University of Georgia and her MA and PhD from Harvard University. She received a Mellon/ACLS Dissertation Completion Fellowship, as well as a postdoctoral fellowship from the Humanities Center at Harvard. She is currently a Mellon Fellow at the Huntington Library in San Marino, California.
Orlemanski joined the University of Chicago faculty in 2013.