Department Chair:
Jeffrey Pence

Administrative Assistant:
Sue Elkevizth

Department Email:

Phone: (440) 775-8570
Fax: (440) 775-8684

Rice Hall 130
10 North Professor St.
Oberlin, OH, 44074

Jennifer Bryan

Jennifer Bryan

Associate Professor of English

Contact Information


Rice Hall 26
(440) 775-8586

Personal Office Hours:
By appointment

Jennifer Bryan

Jennifer Bryan

Educational Background

  • B.A., Williams College, 1992
  • M.A., UCLA, 1995
  • Ph.D., UCLA, 1999

My scholarly work focuses on the late Middle Ages. I am especially interested in the way texts shape people's self-understanding; it's one of the central concerns of my 2007 book, Looking Inward:  Devotional Reading and the Private Self in Late Medieval England. I started to work on devotional literature because it was apparently the primary reading interest of medieval women, and I wanted to understand their inner world a little bit better. Working on devotional texts also brings me into contact with the fascinating period boundary we call the end of the Middle Ages and the beginning of the Renaissance or Early Modern period. As someone living through paradigm-shifting technological and social changes myself, I am particularly interested in how the Protestant Reformation, the introduction of printed books, and myriad other cultural changes affected readers, writers, and texts. I cross this period boundary often in both my teaching and my scholarship.  

Teaching interests include: Medieval European literature; the English Renaissance; lyric poetry; gender and sexuality; the history of the English language.