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Virginia Blanton

Virginia  Blanton
Curator's Distinguished Professor, Medieval and Early Modern Graduate and Undergraduate Certificate Advisor
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Info
Cockefair Hall 106


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


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


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.