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John Kerr, Ph.D.
John Kerr
Department Chair, English - Associate Professor

(507) 457-1673
jkerr@smumn.edu

John Kerr is a tenured Associate Professor of English and chair of the department at Saint Mary's University of Minnesota.

Courses Recently Taught at SMU
Shakespeare
Senior Thesis
Great Books I
Portraits/Virtuous
Intro Literature
Early British Literature

Education
Ph.D., Medieval Studies, University of Notre Dame, IN, 2001
M.M.S., Medieval Studies: Literature and Philosophy, University of Notre Dame, IN, 1996
B.A., English, Truman State University, MO, 1990

Teaching Experience
2008 to Present: Associate Professor, English Department, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2002-2008: Assistant Professor, English Department, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
2001-2002: Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow, University of Notre Dame, IN
2000-2001: Adjunct Instructor, University of Notre Dame, IN
2000: Adjunct Instructor, English Department, Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, Winona, MN
1999-2000: Teaching Assistant, English Department, University of Notre Dame, IN
1998-1999: Graduate Teaching Fellow, University of Notre Dame, IN
1992-1993: Teaching Assistant, Department of English, Western Washington University, WA

Presentations
Featured Reader, Original Poetry Reading, Pumphouse Gallery, 2005

"'an answere suffisant': Proserpina and the Wife of Bath's Prologue and Tale," 13th Annual Northern Plains Conference of Early British Literature, 2005

Featured Reader, Original Poetry and Music Performance, Jon Hassler Theatre, 2004

"'And we fairies that do run/By the triple Hecate's team': Gender and Change in Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night's Dream," South-Central Renaissance Conference, "Exploring the Renaissance 2003"

Original Poetry Reading, Winona Arts Center, 2003

"Queen of the Underworld: Myth, Memory, and the Descent to Hell." Saint Mary's University of Minnesota, 2002

"The Underworld of Memory," University of Miami Memoria Conference, 1999

"Chaucer and Dante's Underworld," Notre Dame Graduate Medieval Conference, 1999

"Memory and Autobiography in Dante's Commedia," Kalamazoo International Medieval Congress, 1988

"Chaucer and the Myth of Persephone," Michigan Academy of Sciences, Arts and Letters Conference, 1998

Publications
"The Underworld of Chaucer's House of Fame: Virgil, Claudian, and Dante." In Medieval and Renaissance Humanism: Rhetoric, Representation and Reform (Brill's Studies in Intellectual History), Ed. Gersh and Roest, Brill Academic Publishers, 2003