University of Calgary

Jenny McKenney

  • Professor (Teaching)

Currently Teaching

 F2023 - ENGL 253.02 - Poetry
LEC 2TR 15:30 - 16:45
 F2023 - ENGL 405 - Middle English Literature: The Canterbury Tales
LEC 1TR 09:30 - 10:45
 F2023 - ENGL 519.42 - Advanced Topics in a Historical Topic (Chick Lit)
SEM 2MW 14:00 - 15:15
 W2024 - ENGL 203 - Introductory Seminar
 W2024 - ENGL 307 - Literature After 1700
LEC 1MW 12:00 - 12:50
 W2024 - ENGL 438 - Experiments in Early Fiction
LEC 1TR 09:30 - 10:45

Professional Description


I teach a wide range of courses for the Department of English, from introductory surveys of literature to upper-year courses on medieval and eighteenth-century topics.  My research interests are equally varied.  I am interested in the history of medieval scholarship in the eighteenth century; the history of collecting; and book and printing history. Most recently, I have become interested in the representation of biblical themes in women's needlework of the eighteenth century as well as the phenomenon of 'needle painting' that emerged late in the century among a small group of exceptional needle women.

In my teaching I aim to encourage students to follow their own disparate interests within the context of the course readings in order to become more curious and attentive readers.  As someone who often teaches in early historical periods, I strive also to help students recognize, in often unfamiliar texts, the longer literary conversations that take place over time and become participants in the ongoing conversation. 



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