Jenny McKenney

Senior Instructor

English Department Profile  |

As the current Associate Head of Undergraduate Student Affairs in the Department of English, I am involved with curriculum planning and advising and teach regularly at the undergraduate level in both the medieval and early modern fields.

My past research involves the history of Anglo-Saxon scholarship in the eighteenth century and I continue to be interested in the recovery of Old English in the late seventeenth century and early eighteenth centuries and the burgeoning interest in collecting medieval artifacts at this period when a medieval aesthetic was not yet fashionable.  My article on the non-juring Anglo-Saxon scholar and sometime fugitive, George Hickes, was recently published in a volume of the Dictionary of Literary Biography entitled Eighteenth-Century British Literary Scholars and Critics (2010).

Most recently, I have been researching the representation of biblical themes in women’s needlework of the eighteenth century.  I will be delivering a paper this fall at the Canadian Society of Eighteenth-Century Studies conference on the needle paintings of Eliza Morritt housed at Rokeby Park, County Durham.