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    E. Jane Burns
    208 Smith Bldg
    CB #3135
    Chapel Hill, NC 27599
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    Professor Emerita

    E. Jane Burns's work centers on issues of gender, feminist theory, and material culture in medieval texts. Her study of courtly love and clothing in thirteenth-century French culture (Courtly Love Undressed: Reading Through Clothes in Medieval French Culture, University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002) extends strategies of feminist reading advanced in her earlier Bodytalk: When Women Speak in Old French Literature (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1993). She has edited a volume of essays devoted to dress, textiles, clothwork and other cultural imaginings (Medieval Fabrications, Palgrave MacMillan, 2004) and served as a subject editor for Women and Gender in Medieval Europe: An Encyclopedia (Routledge, 2006). Her most recent book, Sea of Silk: A Textile Geography of Women’s Work in Medieval French Literature (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2009), examines the ways that literary representations of women “working” silk carry the reader to distant cultures across the Mediterranean.  Jane Burns teaches courses on feminist and gender theory, women's spirituality across cultures, and courtship and courtliness

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