Patricia Clare Ingham

Departments of English/Religion/Medieval Studies IU Bloomington

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Areas of Expertise

Medieval literature, Arthurian romance, Geoffrey Chaucer's poetry, histories and theories of innovation, representations of war in medieval literature, medieval narrative poetry, the use of medieval symbols in contemporary politics, the pertinence of traditional cultures to innovation, intercultural and inter-religious relations in the Middle Ages.

Expert Bio

Professor and chair of English, Patricia Clare Ingham graduated from the University of California in 1995 and joined the faculty of English in 2003, where she co-founded the Institute for the Humanistic Study of Innovation. She has been a fellow at the National Humanities Center, and her work has been supported by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Her recent book, "The Medieval New: Ambivalence in an Age of Innovation" (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2015), demonstrates the surprising continued relevance of medieval thinking on innovation.

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"The Medieval New Ambivalence in an Age of Innovation":

"Interchange – Innovation Is Nothing New: Novelty in the Middle Ages":


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Updated on: July 3, 2018