Virginia Blanton

Curators' Distinguished Professor

Office: 106 Cockefair Hall
Ph: 816-235-2766 x1
Email: blantonv@umkc.edu
CODICES

Biography

Professor Blanton, who came to UMKC in 2002, focuses her research on medieval women and their relationship with books, as writers, readers, patrons, and book owners. She is also part of a multidisciplinary NEH-funded team, CODICES, which conducts optical, chemical, and computational analyses of manuscripts and early printed books. Currently, she is researching the ownership of a Spanish chantbook used by nuns. Professor Blanton collects nun art, mostly kitsch and pop culture.

Academic Credentials

Ph.D. in English and Graduate Certificate in Medieval Studies, Binghamton University

Courses

The Arthurian legend, medieval women, Anglo-Saxon culture, and book history

Publications

Signs of Devotion: The Cult of St. Æthelthryth in Medieval England, 695-1615Pennsylvania State University Press, 2007.
Intertexts: Studies in Anglo-Saxon Culture Presented to Paul E. Szarmach. Brepols, 2008.
Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Hull Dialogue. Brepols, 2013.
Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Kansas City Dialogue. Brepols, 2015.
Medieval Women and Film. 2nd ed., The University of Iowa Libraries, 2015.
Nuns’ Literacies in Medieval Europe: The Antwerp Dialogue. Brepols, 2017.